84 km (52 miles) – Total so far: 102 km (63 miles)
After packing everything and a little breakfast (sandwich with cheese and tomato) we started cycling late – at 9 o´clock. The sun was already hot, but the road was easy to go. Almost no traffic.
We passed through very rural areas which was actually nice, but there wasn´t a possibility to buy something on the way, so we were glad to carry some Snacks of Dulce de Leche and enough water with us.
The road was going constantly up and down, and although the climbs weren´t really steep (max. 10%) in the end we had climbed almost 550m. One could see a lot of birds and parrots and of course lots of cattle.
At Carmelo we were looking around a little bit where to sleep, and found that there were only two options of hotels. We stayed at “Timabe Hotel” (48USD), close to the center. The room prices here in Uruguay are quite high and for us seem to be overpriced, but it´s normal here.
If you consider that the average wage is 400USD here you can understand why people constantly keep complaining that life is so hard, because not only room prices are high here, but everything is expensive. If you ask them how they get by they can´t tell you how. They don´t know themselves. It´s like constantly living on the edge… Lucky us in Europe.
At night we had a wonderful dinner at a local little restaurant close to the main square. You have to try the local specialty “chaja” as a dessert-one million calories, but delicious!!