|Welcome to Argentina!
"Let's go to Uruguay for some location scouting" I said to Jessy. Although weeks before the trip she was over the moon the night before setting out she saw the hard reality of moto travel and the lack of space for clothes..."No, it can't be, that is not enough space, I can't...I can't go..." And here I thought I was being generous making space by not packing any rain gear and other items crucial to moto survival in bad conditions (of course this was not a 6 month journey and if we hit bad weather we could simply stop).
Finally convinced and excited to be going on the Uruguay 2015 adventure we set out around 8am for our longest riding day of the trip. "Hey, if you are going to push someone to the edge you might as well find the highest cliff!"
Route Review: 750 km, 10 hours day! Buenos Aires to Fray Bentos flat and straight C2R6/7T2/3V2, Fray Bentos to Trinidad C2R6/7T2V2/3. Trinidad on Ruta 5 C2R7/8T2V2. San Gregorio access Ruta 43 C3R4T2V3.
Websites: I used www.mercadolibre.com.uy and a few other google searches to find privately owned accommodation through out the trip. Also used google maps which is good for distances, but doesn't mention which roads are impossible, uff.
|Here we go!!!
|100 km in to the trip, easy right?
|250 km arriving at Gualeguaychu, Arg
|The usual pain and suffering at Fray Bentos border
|Help from a local to get through Trinidad when my GPS
failed us. This is not uncommon...both the GPS failing
and a local helping me get through the main route maze of
a town or city in latin america.
|Where there are wind mills
there's a windy riding experience!
|Not much for views except Guachos
|Great view from the room
|Rock star parking
|We are travellers from a land far away
|Forest and sand, not used to seeing that
|Beach of San Gregorio
|Redish brown water, but very clean
|So good I had to take a photo
|Very lush sand
|Great sunsets from the hotel
|This was incredible
Route review: 400 km, 7 hours. Free ferry to start - San Gregorio to Sarandi del Yi, lots of different types of gravel C3R2/3T2V5. Sarandi to Jose Batlle (forced to avoid Ruta 14, too rough) C2R2/3T1V2. Jose B to Jose P Varela C4R3T2V4. Jose P V to Lascano, Ruta 14 C3R4/5T2V4. Lascano to Punta del Diablo (once again Ruta 14 was to rough) C2R5T3V3.
|Let's get the ferry out of here
|Locals in Blanquillo
|Ever get the feeling you aren't from around here?
|Unbeknownst to me Jessy took a huge rock in her ankle
|Classic misuse of thin plastic bottles
|Small mountainous region near Zapican
|Jose P Varela
|Friendly Gaucho moving horses
|Oh my ass!
|UR ASS! My ASS has been changing gears and braking all day
|Yeah, Palm trees!
|Beautiful river side going north to Chuy
|Chuy the Tax Free border town
Blue Cabana our first spot of two in Punta del Diablo. A nice spot, but a little far from the beach with thin walls and tricky bike parking was good for 2 nights.
|Only stable ground for the moto
|Did I mention marijuana is legal here?
|Scorpion under the sink!
|Creative Kitchen Talent
|Magical colours shot from the cabin
|Everything you need (including a TV with no channels, haha)
|Perfect and Stylish parking
|Warm water, oh yeah
|Of course closer parking in the sand
if you have 4 wheels
|Like a travel advertisement
|Will a leaf fall on me if I wish it?
|Playa El Barco
|Next to Vinny's night club
|One side of the Fort from 400m back
|Seems a great spot for a photo and the family owed us one!
|Highly secure Night Club
Punta Rubia (La Pedrera) - A short ride passing a couple spots I went to in 2012, Aguas Dulces and Cabo Palonia (a hippy commune claiming no electricity although I sore I saw lights and refrigerators when I was there). A couple easy hours on the coastal road and we arrived at Punta Rubia a developing cabin area right beside La Pedrera. 5 blocks from the beach, a supermarket right beside our recently built accommodation was all we needed for the 2 lovely nights there. Oh and of course a hammock!
Side note: Sheet rental per night of $5 meant that we would be sleeping with only a blanket on a brand new bed. "I'm not cheap, just careful" to quote my good buddy Gareth G.
Side note 2: Don't run in the dark! Jessy trying to beat me and the moto back to the cabin with only moon light to guide fell off an elevated patio and in to the bushes spraining her ankle horribly. Pobrecita.
Route review: 100 km, 1.5 hours. Punta del Diablo to La Pedrera C3R6T2V4
|Short trip to Punta Rubia
|Brand new cabana
|This place is pretty good
|Apparently they had an issue with Horse parties on the beach
|Not every moment is wonderful
Sprained ankles walking through deep
sand will not help bring out a smile.
|Argentina/Uruguay staple - Rabas!
|Main street of La Pedrera shut to cars in the night
|Comfortable? I would say so
|Marco really pushing the limits of his 125 cc
|Opening to the ocean at Punta del Este
|Bridge looks cool, but super dangerous with lack of sight
of the other side and you actually can take air too
|At the point where ocean meets river
|A shot of the coast looking northeast
|Did I mention the massive addiction
to Mate. Well Uruguayans are the
|Free for motos in Uruguay!
|Proof Canadian banks are taking over the world!
|Nice work buddy, sleep well
|Delicious Seafood, all for $30 or so
|Worst nightmare for a father with
vacation excited kids.
|Beautiful, but unfortunately only
for the rich of Buenos Aires
|A boxer or a rich guy who thought he was a champ
"The Wild Bull of The Pampas"
|Saw a "Doyle" family plot so not all
italians and spanish in BA.
|Gomero de Recoleta - Enormous! Bonny couldn't believe it
|Man made supports holding limbs
|The classic enough for 2.
"El Gran Bife de Las Cabras"
|Just 2 blocks from where live
|The busy Av. Corrientes
|That's it...The Pink House kinda like the White House, kinda
|Damn tourists "yeah it's a big door"
|Fragata Presidente Sarmiento Museum
|Oh yeah, that's a big gun
|Always wanted to see a torpedo
|Good tour followed by a good beer
|The pope even loves it here!
He should he's from Buenos Aires
|Equipo / Team
|Mate, heated pool, happy Brad
|Scrabble in Spanish and English.
With no "W"!
|Gorgeous homes on the North end of town
|Viejo Lobo! Delicious-o!
|Bingo and a Casino full of slots
|columns of 15 numbers starting 1-15
going to 90. Bingo in North America
has only 75 numbers.
|Weird and fun recycled bottle art
|Nice new complex
|Just me and them, to be fair it was
late in the day, 5:30pm and 21C.
|A week of clothes packed much better then day 1 of the trip
|Forced security at the supermarket
for my tank bag so I didn't shoplift.
|Emergency runway on the highway
|They call this "milanesa" in Argentina meaning "breaded"
|Cheap Toilet paper with HOLES
|Ridiculous gas prices $2.20 USD/litre.
Thank god it's a small country.