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Day 1291 – 1292, Villa Union: The Last Meal

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Apr - 10 - 2014

Distance: 80.01 km
Ride time: 3:55:35
Average: 20.40 km/h
Altitude: 1405 m
Total: 25508 km

I had been looking forward to arrive in Vila Union for a number of reasons. First of all this town would be the last outpost, the last chance to buy food, before we would head into the mountains. Hence it would mark the start of the real adventure we had been talking about for so long. I had also read that it should be a nice and relaxed place.

As we cycled into town we passed several hotels and camp sites. Unlikely the other places we had been cycling through lately, this one seemed to be used to tourists.

Once we had set up the tents at our camp site we started to plan the adventure ahead. We would need to bring food for 20 days or 60 meals in the wilderness! I have never been bringing this much food before, and I was not sure how to fit it all on the bike.

As we plan to climb to more than 4000 m we were also reading up on the effects of altitude. It is clear that the strategy will be to take it easy and let the body acclimatize slowly. After we had read this we met an Argentinian guy on a motorbike who had just been riding straight up to 4400 m and down again. He said he didn’t feel much different up there. Oh well, we will see how we do.

On the night before we going to leave town we had another nice BBQ with meat and sausages – the last nice meal we would be enjoying for a while. As I went to bed I was feeling anxious and excited at the same time. The real adventure is about to start!

Categories: Argentina
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4 Responses so far.

  1. Martin LU5DX says:

    Good roads ahead for you Thomas!! Best 73 de LU5DX

  2. Thomas says:

    True Martin, it was quite the adventure out there on the roads towards Laguna Brava!

  3. Randy K5ZD says:

    What will we do for 20 days with no updates while you are in the mountains?! As always, take pictures and look for a WiFi oasis so we can join you on your adventure.

  4. Hi Randy! As usual my blog is a little behind, so we are already down from the mountains again. Now I just need to write what happened up there… stay tuned 🙂