CRUISING SOUTH

The descent down to Mendoza reassuringly followed the norm – a brutal headwind, this time on a busy road with trucks that seemed intent on running us off the road at every possible opportunity!  We took it in turns, however, to sit on the other’s wheel and soon arrived in the outskirts of Mendoza.  The very generous Eduardo, whom I had met towards the end of the Lagunas route and who had invited me to stay with him and his family, also insisted on housing Scott who, by this point, also had some serious dental work required in addition to the mechanical ailments!  They kindly put up with us for three nights in the run-up to Christmas, showing us round town and taking us for dinner.  A kinder and more humble family you’d be hard-pushed to find.

On the 24th, we headed into town to join eight other touring cyclists in the apartment that we had booked for Christmas.  Neil & Vicky (Irish & English) rounded out the ‘judeo-anglo-saxon-celtic’ contingent, whilst Thomas, Tina, Mirko, Ina, Johannes and Sebastian are all German.  We took it in turns to rustle up various meals from our homelands, although roast turkey for Christmas lunch was replaced by a massive 3kg cut of pork on the parilla (barbecue)!  It was a lot of fun…

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