“If I had known the wind would be this bad,” John said as I pulled up to where he was siting under a tree taking a break, “I would have stayed another day in Villa Montes.”
Danny, our missionary friend in Santa Cruz summed it up perfectly. “It’ll be hot with tailwinds all the way down, unless a cold front moves up from Argentina. Then it’ll be cool, but you’ll have a stiff headwind.”
He was right.
Last night when I said goodnight to the owner of our hotel, she insisted that we bring the bikes in from the courtyard. “It’s going to rain tonight,” she said. I didn’t think anything of it.
This morning it was cloudy and cool – major change from the 100+° temps we’ve had the past few days. It still didn’t click.
It wasn’t until we were out on the open road and our shirts and BOB flags were flapping in the wind that I put the pieces together – a front from Argentina is moving through.
We had hoped to make it to the border today but, with battling the winds all day, we didn’t. We did our “dash-into-the-forest-and-hide” act and started getting ready to put up our tents.
And then? Just then a truck had a flat tire right directly in front of where we were hiding behind a thin layer of bushes. What are the chances of that? Apparently, they didn’t have a spare.
They’ve called for a support vehicle and sent the wheel away. Now they’re waiting for its return.
And us? We’re sitting quietly on a tarp in the forest waiting for the truck to move on. We’ve eaten our sardine dinner. The kids are reading their Kindles, John is studying the map, and I’ve got my journal out. We may be in for a long wait.
Added later: They’re gone – finally! As dusk deepened, we decided we had no choice but to set up camp. The four of us carefully tip toed through the pricker bushes setting up tents, getting out sleeping bags, and brushing our teeth – all without using flashlights at all. All those bright yellow bags are great for visibility on the road, but horrible when trying to hide in the forest!
By the time they left, we were nearly ready for bed. At least we can read in the tent and not worry about them seeing us!
***We’re not concerned about somebody knowing where we are for any reason except theft – if they know we are here they could come back in the middle of the night. That’s a situation we would rather avoid.
Kilometers today: 72
Kilometers to date: 22301
First thing this morning we were funneled onto this old rickety, one-lane bridge – the only bridge across the river. The bridge is shared by all – cars, trains, bicycles, pedestrians, and donkey carts. We had to walk across and held up a lot of traffic!
There aren’t many trees around here that are any good for shade at all – they are all pathetic pricker bushes. When we passed this tree, we knew we had to stop for a break, even though we had taken a break not even 5 km earlier!