52 km (32 miles) – Total so far: 1,000 km (621 miles)
When the alarm rang at 6 o´clock early in the morning we began to pack things still feeling tired.
Last night we had to move the tent because “the neighbours” began to cook by making a huge fire of wood in the “parilla” that belongs to every camping lot here in Uruguay and Argentina. It´s a masoned little square where you can have a barbecue, “an asado” like they say here.
Our tent stood right in the direction the wind was blowing all the smoke from the fire and we had to move it if we didn´t want to smell the same like their asado the next day and besides get some oxygen while breathing….So that was kind of action after we´ve been already in the “enjoy the evening-mode”.
We began to cycle our last stretch to Montevideo and after some kms we had a short break.
Right on the shoreline you can visit the former house and artist´s studio of an argentinean millionaire,Natalio Michelizzi ,that has the form of an eagle´s head. It´s high above the beautiful beaches that are situated here at this section of the coast. One can imagine that he was inspired for art while he was sitting here enjoying this view!
The rest was easy cycling on the main road to Montevideo. We normally don´t like to cycle into the big towns for the usual hassle and the traffic, but to get to the center of Montevideo wasn´t too bad. Of course there is traffic and you got to be aware of everything around you, but people drive more or less respectfully here which is amazing for a south american country.
The streets here in Montevideo either ascend or descend quite steeply, it´s not very friendly for bikes in this sense, but we arrived at our hotel “Hotel Iberia” without any problems. The room is nice and comfortable and the price is acceptable for Montevideo in the high season.