Daily Archives: November 10, 2015

Day 104/164: Rest Day in Cafayate

I had had plans of doing a tour of the vineyards but decided I had had more than enough red wine the night before. I had a quiet day with food from the bakery for lunch, catching up on the blog and emails, and dozing.

I went out for dinner at 8.15pm. The restaurant was really quiet but the first 40 minutes they were setting up numerous tables. By the time I left there were over 200 patrons. A number of large tour groups.

I made a new friend in Cafayate

I made a new friend in Cafayate

On the TDA website they have changed their name from “Tour d’ Afrique” to “TDA Global Cycling” and they have introduced a new tour, plus amended an existing one.

The Trans-Oceania that was Indonesia and Australia is now Australia and New Zealand. The New Zealand section is mid-November to mid December 2016. Hopefully those of you who cycle may consider doing this, go to the website and have a look. From Auckland to Queenstown.

transoceania

There is another ride that will appeal I think only to the very wealthy – a chance to ride a bike 100 kilometres in Antarctica, at the small cost of $70,000! Plus a training camp in Canada for two weeks, with the costs of that and then also airfare on top! There is a link about this on the website as well.

Also on the website was a video made on this trip with a number of the riders, about why they do these tours. I am not in the video but worth watching to see some of the other riders.

http://tdaglobalcycling.com/2015/10/why-cycle-south-america-a-short-video/

We have another full tour rider leaving us unexpectedly in Cafayate! Eric who is returning home.

Our hotel in Cafayete (Photo credit: Sue's blog)

Our hotel in Cafayete (Photo credit: Sue’s blog)

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Day 103/164: Bush Camp to Cafayate – 64km

Only 64 kilometres to ride today. We had another group challenge. I was in a group with Shirley, Dan, Erwin (who took the photos) Ray, and Brett.

We had to
1. Merge with the environment
2. Do a Rap/ tango infusion video
3. Dress as another rider
4. Have a video of a famous person (We did “Where’s Waldo”)
5. Dress Will from TDA up with clothes from our daily bags.

1) Merge with the environment

1) Merge with the environment. If you expand the photo you can see us.

3) Dress as another rider

3) Dress as another rider – Shirley dressed as Ray,  Dan dressed as Brett, Brett dressed as Erwin

5) Dress Will from TDA up with clothes from our daily bags.

5) Dress Will from TDA up with clothes from our daily bags. Goat was a lucky extra find

We had some stunning scenery from camp to Cafayte.

Bush camp to Cafayete

Bush camp to Cafayete

Bush camp to Cafayete

Bush camp to Cafayete

Bush camp to Cafayete

Bush camp to Cafayete

Bush camp to Cafayete

Bush camp to Cafayete

Bush camp to Cafayete

Bush camp to Cafayete

We stopped on the way, about 5 kilometres out of town, at a vineyard called Vasijta Secreta, which opened in 1815! We tried a “Torrontes”  and a red. The “Torrentes” is a fruity white wine only made in Argentina (personally not a fan).

The hotel did not do laundry, so I ended up washing some stuff by hand. Hopefully there will be a laundry at the next rest day.

In Argentina there is a siesta, and shops and restaurants shut at 1pm. Restaurants don’t have a chef until at least 8pm. This is difficult when you are used to being in bed by then.

A group of us sat at a restaurant in the square drinking wine from about 6pm. By the time the chef arrived we were well into the wine. Thankfully I also was ordering water. Even so, I was not feeling flash the next day.

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