Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
day 352 – km 23059
day 351 – km 23049
colonia concordia – colonia sacramento
130,03km 744 alti meter
i survived one of the heaviest mosquito nights on this trip (while i was wondering how many mosquito-bites one person can take before dying or getting insane!?)
nice to meet julien&vladana (www.vladaju.fr) again, which i met 6 weeks ago on the carretera austral. (so i was not the only “loco gringo” riding a bike at 40°C)
day 350 – km 22919
day 349 – km 22786
termas de guaviju – tres bocas
122,11km 671 alti meter
once again i have a long long lunch break… in which i got to see some of the friendly people and their habits…
besides 2 adults, 2 kids and groceries there is always space for the mate setup! even on a motorbike!?
another “butterfly” i see along the road!?
day 348 – km 22664
rio arapay grande – termas de guaviju
117,66km 551 alti meter
i thought i will check a official campgound for a change. which was interesting in terms of meeting other people but not a good idea in terms of getting some sleep.
cultivated farmland of the area (wine,….)
it´s hot! dam hot! ;-) so instead of a sunburn i got blisters!?
day 347 – km 22546
day 346 – km 22459
<25km barra do quarai (brazil) – bella union (uruguay)
38,89km 99 alti meters
i couldn´t get a exit stamp for brazil, because they don´t have that stamp at the border in barra do quarai!? (but they said it´s no problem) so i am standing in the long line infront of the only ATM in bella union where everyone seems to get ready for the party tonight (and i just look and wonder, as i don´t have a clue about the exchange rate for uruguayan money / prices…)
p.s. Man sagt, heute sei Neujahr. Punkt 24 Uhr sei die Grenze zwischen dem alten und dem neuen Jahr. Aber so einfach ist das nicht. Ob ein Jahr neu wird, liegt nicht am Kalender, nicht an der Uhr. Ob ein Jahr neu wird, liegt an uns. Ob wir es neu machen, ob wir neu anfangen zu denk...en, ob wir neu anfangen zu sprechen, ob wir neu anfangen zu leben. Johann Wilhelm Wilms
day 345 – km 22421
somewhere along the river uruguay (brazil) - <25km barra do quarai
120,63km 449 alti meter
on the carretera austral you just hold up you water bottle under the next waterfall, which comes up almost every couple hundert meters. here it is a totally different story and it´s a little more difficult to get the 10-12 liters!? i drink per day.
day 344 – km 22300
santo tome (argentina) – somewhere along the river uruguay (brazil)
139,33km 377 alti meter
i decided to try the brazilian / uruguayan side instead of the ruta 14 in argentina to avoid the heavy traffic there. nice farmland and not much traffic on this side so far, but the infrastructure with supplies is a little more difficult.
day 343 – km 22161
day 342 – km 22006
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
day 341 – km 21956
puerto iguazu (argentina) – paraguay & brasilian side of the itaipu dam - foz do iguazu (brasil) – puerto iguazu (argentina)
(100km in the car)
this dam is a quiet impressive project. not only the building itself, the ecological / economical impact on the area, the fact that it was realized in a time of 3 military regimes, the fact that paraguay uses only 7% of it´s 50% share on the “produced” energy (and has to convert the frequency to sell it back to brasil where it covers 20% of the “energy consumption”)
the waterfalls on the brasilian side are nice to see (as you get a good overview of the whole area), but it is more expensive the argentinian side and you are more in some sort of tourist machinery.
day 340 – km 21956
san ignacio mini – puerto iguazu
(250km in the car)
because of the holiday i could see the ruins for free. ;-) and checked out the amazing waterfalls of iguazu. (what makes it even more amazing is the rainforest surrounding jungle, butterflies in all sizes, shapes & colors, monkeys, iguanas, 2 cm ants, birds, fish,.... and of course hundrets of waterfalls!)
day 339 – km 21956
day 338 – km 21956
buenos aires – concordia
(500km in the car)
i met up with swen, kat and here cousin with family for dinner followed by some authentic tango dancing / music (which happens late in the evening…… very late in the evening….early in the morning….)
driving a car out of buenos aires is not much fun, as the traffic is quiet heavy. so i was allready thinking about alternatives for the way back, which i will do on the bike. (but the infrastructure is nice´, gasstations with free WIFI)
day 337 – day off
buenos aires – day off
i collected the other package which was sent here from cristian and kevin in la paz (bolivia) THX!
i found a good bikeshop, but the technician didn´t have much time. but they let me use their workshop under his supervision. THX!
new bearings for the front wheel
new bearings for the trailer wheel
old bottom bracket
new bottom bracket
day 336 – km 21927
day 335 – km 21956
puerto priamides / penisula valdez – algorroba
(900km in the car)
it´s quiet a detour but really nice to see and hear!? sealions, pinguins….
darwin got really inspired when he visited this area and i have to say this parries have a real interesting fauna & flora, allthough it doesn´t look that way on the first sight.