To Salta

On March 29, 2013

The first photos and videos are still from Cafayate. As I rode out of town I had the last stretch of Routa 40 that I’d ride. I celebrated with some microbrews from San Carlos. The canyon I rode through the first day provided fantastic scenery and I had a hard time keeping my eyes on the road. Crazy rock formations showing how the tectonic plates are being pushed upwards. Along the way I officially passed 5,000 km. It’s a big milestone for me and I’m surprised how quickly it occurred.

I stopped at La Viña to camp. As soon as I stopped a group of kids were incredibly curios about what I was doing. They had fun practicing their English and looking at my map. I mark the places I sleep with a star and they were happy their town was on it. It absolutely poured that night but I was lucky to set up camp under a roof of sorts. Another family was not as fortunate or just lacked the foresight. I heard them honking past midnight to get someone to let them into a building to dry off.

I made the last leg to Salta without incident. That was lucky since there was so much fog in the morning. A crazy thing happened, water droplets formed on my arm in the mist (no rain) while I was riding at 30 km/hr. somebody explain that to me, please. I also found more corn, but this wasn’t dried out like the last batch I saw near Mendoza. And to round up the crazy happenstances, the Aussie siblings I met in Chilecito are at the hostel I’m camping at in Salta. Craziness.

2 Responses to “To Salta”

  • I’m not positive about this, but I think the water droplets are just the water in the fog condensing on your hair. I’ve noticed the same thing when I was by a large waterfall. Water is cohesive and sticks to itself well. I’m a nerd.

    • But while riding at 30 km/hr? With a slight headwind. My first thought was they’d soak into my super dry skin, but obviously that didn’t happen… Maybe my hair is super strong.

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