Llamas, dancing and, a Steam Engine

Days 5-7. Nov. 17-19. Puerto Madryn to Bariloche

So many things are now happening it is hard to summarize them all. But here are some high points.

On Day 5 we had a Welsh tea in the town of Gaiman. I had no idea there was a Welsh area of Argentina where Welsh is the first language and Spanish is the second. Tea was good but the highlight was the children dancing in traditional dress. fullsizerender-15The second feature of the day was the sighting of a llama at the side of the road. Unfortunately stopping our car scared him and I didn’t get a photo. Still thrilling. Our hotel was definitely not the highlight, but most likely the best available in Esquel.

img_2268-1Day 6 to Bariloche put us in very different terrain. We are away from the flat coast, heading west into the mountains. Beautiful snow-covered mountains which I think will be the norm for the next days. We saw gauchos on horseback with their sheep dogs. But the real highlight for Ed was the lunch stop in San Martin. We had lunch on the train platform and they had powered up the steam fullsizerender-14locomotive for us. Ed’s nearly first love is steam locomotives and he was able to sit in the engineer’s seat and pull the whistle. He really wanted to drive down the track, but there were school children onboard and they wouldn’t let him. He was in heaven.

We followed the gravel rally road in the afternoon into Bariloche to the upscale resort of Llao Llao. A picturesque place for our day off. The weather is now quite cold in the mornings but still warm in the afternoon.

Day 7, a day off. People ask what we do on our days off. Well, it depends, but the parking lot looked a lot like a group picnic fullsizerender-6until you realized the stuff scattered on the ground was tool boxes and repair parts. Some were doing preventive maintenance, others major repairs. (We are still missing Ann and Ronald and their Camero. They had to replace an engine in Bahia Blanca. We hope they catch up before we have to cross the border). With a big thank you to Brant Parsons car 41 who changed our oil and adjusted the valves, img_2281Stewball is ready to head to Chile .


About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to Llamas, dancing and, a Steam Engine

  1. TBC says:

    Love hearing of your travels. So happy you at least got a glimpse of a llama, and for Ed, to ride shotgun, so to speak, must have been pure heaven!

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