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Published: February 2nd 2018
When I looked over the different sections of the route, as designed by the Ride Adventure company, I noticed that today's run, at 120 km, was by far the shortest. I wondered why. Now I know. While the scenery was spectacular, as always, today’s trip was all about the road. It wound along the southern shore of this, the second largest lake in South America, a winding slash carved out of hills that drop straight down to the lake. Sometimes swooping down to water level, sometimes climbing high to the plateau, the ride provided all the conceivable challenges a gravel road can offer – except for one. It was dry. If it had been wet, I would still be out there.
Have you ever noticed that little orange @ indicator light that sometimes goes on when you are driving, usually when it’s a little slippery. I have never given it much attention. It turns out on these new fangled, ride by someone else’s wire motorcycles, that little sign means that the power turns off when the back wheel loses traction. That may be great when you are in ice or snow. It can be very disconcerting when tracking uphill standing
in the pegs in deep gravel and you hit a washboard section. The bike is bouncing around and just when you need the power to get up and out of it, it cuts off. Yucchh. It will allow power to come back again when it feels like it. Makes handling the beast even more tricky. I haven’t fallen, but it was close back there, until I figured out how to cut that feature out. Part of the learning curve I guess.
Tonight I am back in Argentina, in a town called “Lost Antiguos”, the Old Ones. Seems to fit me somehow. This area has the largest plantation of cherries in Argentina. We are at harvest time, and I had all the cherries I could eat at dinner. They were really good. The hotel on the lake is a nice, old-fashioned-on-purpose place, with the 1950’s feel of many older hotels in Uruguay (even though it was built in 2000). Very comfortable.
Tot: 1.743s; Tpl: 0.016s; cc: 13; qc: 58; dbt: 0.0128s; 1; m:saturn w:www (184.108.40.206); sld: 1;
; mem: 1.4mb