Wednesday, 21 January 2015

San Augustin To Rodeo

Plan was to hit the National Park but they wanted $57 dollars EACH for a tour, having seen the pictures in the tour office on where they take you we thought there were better things to spend the money on and far nicer scenery for free, this was tailored around the unadventurous city sheep who drive out and want entertaining.

Passing on the National Park we backtracked slightly and rode into Valle De Luna, expecting some wonderland it was pretty ho hum as well, there was two overland landrovers parked so we rode over and chatted to them.

They said you can view it from the dirt bank 100 meters away, again we took a quick look and it was ... oh, is that it .... more unadventurous sheep tours

Walking back to the overlandies we said "is that it", yeap, "oh", yeap , they didn't go in either.

Now we are into a different part of our trip where we are getting fussy about what we see, to be fair we have been spoilt where Maya has taken us so now some things are becoming ho hum...or are they, time to go home?, time to seek out cooler stuff?, time to be more appreciative of where we are?.

I don't know but for some reason we have found some National Parks just well sold to the masses whose idea of the great outdoors is having their latte on the outside table at the cafe.

Saying goodbye to the overlandies we headed west again, the road was neat, y junctions with a big mofo rock in the middle, note to oneself do NOT be indecisive

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With insides

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Cool creek beds

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Back out onto the main road we took a small valley road in the middle of nowhere, this time we had rock formations and colour to burn, just incredible the variance in landscape in only a few km

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The colours, the minerals and the pressure from mum nature pushing this rock around like butter

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See the grain in the rock

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So after much discussion over a fresh salami, cheese and mayo sandwich we decided yet again the best stuff is for free, you just need to stop and look around as it it all in front of you, so tomorrow, go pick a weird lunch spot and take it in.

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This day was one of those when you say "yeap we are alive", after being served a main course of colours and rocks our dessert came, stopping in Rodeo we decided to call it quits, there was a lake, it was sunny ...what the hell.

The road on the way ... n o i c e

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Taking a walk to the lake to just look around it was apparent we were in the right place, over the couple of hours in the afternoon we watched as different rock colours came into play as others slinked away into the shadows.

Ellen trying to take the cheap way to China

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Just before dusk we rode back down, sunsets and sunrises are when the face of this planet change the most in colours and shapes, this was one such place rich in minerals and differing colours.

You think I woulda learnt seeing Ellen go half way to China , just beneath the dry crazy paving was pug, I was thankful for instant 100 HP

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Innocent looking

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The different bands and layers

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Crazing paving everywhere, it was difficult to ride as it was roly poly sending the wheels either way front and rear.

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The place is a huge expanse just can't go too close to the edge ... unless China is on you itinerary

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All in all a great day out, at first we started to question our own morals and judgements (twice) but as quick as a flash we proved ourselves right (twice) being rewarded by beauty that was simply laid out in front of us ready for us to take in.

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