On March 2, we arrived back in Mendoza from our bike tour after a 20-hour bus ride from San Martin de los Andes, exactly two months to the day since leaving Mendoza on January 2. (Above photo taken in Parque Nacional Los Alerces in Argentina).
Some fun facts and statistics
Kilometers pedaled= +700
Longest day= 50 kms. (No one said it was a race!)
Average speed= 10-14 km/hour (lots of gravel and hills!)
Days (or portions of) spent riding on actual paved roads= 8 (luxurious riding compared to the ‘ripio’. ‘Nuf said.)
Nights sleeping in a tent (that’s right, four of us in one tent!)= 56 (out of 60)
Flat tires= 0 (zero). Thank you Schwalbe Marathon Tour Plus tires.
One-pot meals cooked on our camp stove= +80 (lost count).
Number of times clothes were washed= 4. (We like how we smell. Bet you would too!)
Roadside pee breaks= countless. Jenny and the girls are experts!
Rides or buses taken with the bikes= 8
Number of trip-stopping cracks at one time in Jon’s rear pannier rack= 3
Number of non-trip-stopping stitches in Jenny’s leg= 5 (She’s a rock!)
Pieces of gum chewed= ask Jenny!
Number of time we were asked if the girls “get tired”= lost count (But seriously, people could not get their head around the idea of young girls doing this. The gender bias was all too clear.)
Number of camp fires= 2 (unheard of by Argentine/Chilean standards)
Number of pictures and video taken of us while biking= more than we’ll ever know, but it made us feel famous
Number of words of encouragement left on our blog and on FB= THANK YOU!
The blog will be updated now with more regularity as we attempt to chronicle our current activities as well as provide some badly needed documentation of our bike adventure in northern Patagonia.
Thanks to all who have followed us on our adventure thus far and to all of those who have subscribed to the blog, many of whom we know and some that we don’t. We hope you keep reading and looking!
También un fuerte saludo y agradecimiento a todos Uds. que de una forma u otra nos echó una mano durante nuestro viaje en bicicleta. Sin su ayuda no hubiéramos podido realizar este viaje. La buena voluntad de todos nos ha marcado profundamente y ha sido un tema de continua conversación entre la familia. Nos sentimos humildad frente toda la ayuda y buenos deseos que formaron una parte inolvidable de nuestro viaje.