Chilecito Runs outa Gasolina

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March 14th 2011
Published: March 14th 2011
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Morning tea/coffee at Andacolla
We awoke this morning to the news of the horrific earthquake in Japan, lucky for us, we were heading for the hills, leaving behind us the threat of the predicted tsunami

We headed to Andacolla and a warm welcome from the towns folk, when they realised that Rosco ( Brother of Saint Antonio) was back in town. After lots of photos and with Ada taking us to her house for coffee, bread and eggs, with the local media arriving on the scene, I was whisked away to meet the Father of Andacolla. After more photos we said our farewells and headed outa town.

We all arrived at Distante in good time for a fabulous Chilean BBQ and some of us went to the Observatory and scanned the night sky, with all of us flopping into bed around 11.30pm after a great day.

It transpires that Paul got married to his sweat heart, Simone, just prior to coming on this adventure, and we all know what the holiday is after the wedding, it is called a 'Honeymoon'.
Usually the new wife would be part of that, but in this case it is Bill from South Padre Island, USA, and
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Same poster, same guy
I must say they make a handsome couple.......let the photos tell the story.

Leaving Distante around 8.45am, we headed up and over the Paso del Negra into Argentina.
This is a big day, but with our packed lunch we all made it to San Jose de Jackel well before dark.
This ride is our first real taste of altitude and everyone coped extremely well.
As we approached Rodeo, we ran into a fierce wind storm, that actually blew String off the road, Hans also a pants wetting experience.

The ride from San Jose de Jakel was relaxed and uneventful, until reaching Chilecito, as the town was running out of gasolina, when we arrived there was only one pump working, so we joined the que for 40 minutes before being able to fill our tanks.
Meanwhile, the 3 Musketeers, Bas and Jan, along with Alan and Hans, were taking the long rough way into Chileciteo, via some mountain goat track, unfortunately for them, by the time they got into town the gas had gone........Looks like I am in a good bargaining position come morning.......
I will let you know how we get on, as we head off to Andalgala.

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Welcome Party
Distante BBQDistante BBQ
Distante BBQ

Doing what we do well
Now a TunnelNow a Tunnel
Now a Tunnel

The planed tunnel between Chile and Argentina

14th March 2011
Robin and Diane

Robin and Dianne
Hi Guys, Good to see you on the road even though a speck of jealousy emerges. Off the Kaikoura Coast headed for Westport to load. Johnny
14th March 2011

Hi Wim, Hope you stop by my place sometime after this adventure. As you know saw a few of the guys a few weeks ago. Have a great ride and I'll be watching the blog. Johnny
14th March 2011

Bill's honeymoon
Tell Bill that Sheree is jealous.
15th March 2011

Hi Ross, Truely amazing scenes and am really enjoying your blog keep up and enjoy regards peter

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