Sunday, 11 January 2015

Buenos Aires to La Falda ... New Years Included

Finally our time to split as we had organized to be in La Falda on the 29th, so Maya was wheeled out through the alley only as wide as the bars, cases and house fitted back on and a series of kisses, hugs, watery eyes (again ..sand in the air) and cheers goodbye.

With the 790 km ride being broken into two easier days we stopped at Juarez, it was a ghost town when we arrived with the typical Argie siesta making the place silent.

Our daily ritual now being check the fuel and clean 20 or more dragonflies out of our radiator, next leg no different with thousands of dragonflies pasting themselves wall over Maya and our visors.…now I know where superglue is made.

Finally through Cordoba we had hills in sight, I had to retrain myself on what to do with a corner and how to go up a hill

Arriving at La Falda was like going home, a beautiful place we had been 8 months earlier, we became friends with the people and they wanted some house sitters to look after their home and look after the four dogs while they are away for about 2 weeks. For us a welcome break, a chance to catch the Dakar and do some local rides before heading off into the deep south ibis of Ushuaia.

We had organized our stay to coincide with the 2015 Dakar so for us, Walter and Dagmar the timing could not have been better for both of us.

Maya was also due so fluid changes, so engine oil, fork oil, front and rear brakes all with new blood, easy when time and space are available.

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Bit of a mission finding DOT5.1 but I got it and Maya is all fresh again.

Walter and Dagmar who own the place run Alma Guacho tours and had two lots of German clients in nicely set up overlanders, Walter is a landcruiser nut as well and had a disk brake conversion he wanted done so I offered to do as much as I could as I luv 4x4’s as well.

New Years was in the middle of all the action, we had an excellent asasdo and good times.

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La Falda by night.

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Helping getting Walters truck prepared, any excuse for a petrol head to pile into a pot of grease is good fun.

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The crews Ready To Race

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With 4 dogs it is like feeding time at the zoo, the zookeeper standing watch to make sure everyone gets their fair share and does not nic the other dogs tucker

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Next up, Dakar, 04 th January first day at Villa Carlos Paz

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