12.01.17 Cafayate, Argentina to Chanarmuyo, Argentina
We were up early this morning and following in the wake of all yesterday’s Dakar competitors and service trucks, who all passed by our hotel in Cafayate at some point yesterday.
We had spent a very enjoyable time yesterday watching these riders and drivers pass by us, followed up with an afternoon touring the local Bodega in Cafayate with John and Wendy learning about their wine making process- oh and a little wine tasting thrown in!
In the evening we chose a different eatery in the plaza, but were still thoroughly entertained by all the activity within the square. It was full of small children enjoying the end of a beautiful day’s entertainment with wide beaming faces. What a wonderful atmosphere.
The route today was to follow the infamous Ruta 40. Paul has done a lot of research on this road, because although much of its 5,100 kilometres is now tarmacked, not all of it is, so we need to be careful. We knew a short section of today’s route was to be gravel, but thought we had found a good route around it. We missed that part, so ended up bumping up and down for a good 20 kilometres, although it was pretty painless. It was finished off with a couple of tiny crossings through running water. Exciting!
We were soon back on the blackstuff, which took us the entire route to our stop for tonight, which is a wine hotel, part of the many wine routes that pepper the north of Argentina. They have excelent conditions here for producing wine, with high altitudes, and the appropriate frosts etc.
The route was fairly long, 250 miles, and took us about eight hours in total. We are now back in to heat, Paul saw 40.5 degrees celsius register on his temperature gauge today. I think it might be that way for a few days at least.