San Pedro waiting to cross into Argentina
23.05.2010 18 °C
As half expected we have waited most of the day at the Border Post just outside San Pedro waiting for news of the condition of the high pass into Argentina, our team leader thought it best that we sit at the border and this may hurry things along, however Chilean officials are not to be hurried and when the pass did eventually open it seems we were last on their list of priorities with buses and trucks taking precedence, whilst we killed time kicking dust and some of us playing frizbee courtesy of an Australian biker who had tagged along with us for the day. When it got to 3pm and we still weren't at the head of the queue we decided enough was enough and headed back to the hotel we stayed at for the previous 2 nights with a promise that should we arrive at 8am tomorrow we will be first through - of course we are not holding our breath!
It was not a total waste of a day however as it did give us the chance to see the 'valley of the moon' this morning. At a cost of 2000 chilean pesos each they have capitalised on this natural phenomenon with its weird rock formations which are millions of years old. There is a dirt road runs for about five miles through the valley with viewing areas and walks up into the dunes.
At night we went for an impromptu group meal at Aprils suggestion. It turned out to be a great night especially as Globebusters provided the wine ! Thats more like it who cares if the pass is blocked.
Maybe I should take this opportunity to tell you a bit about our travelling companions. We are a diverse bunch. Our leader is Peter who is German,speaks fluent Spanish and English and lives with a Chillian in Italy but works in Germany. How diverse is that. He also likes making a wide range of noises to illustrate his points . In fact he is the Percy Edwards of motorcycle impressions. ( for those who are too young google Percy)
Alan the van man is our support and a good Geordie he is too. Single and on the look out for a partner try facebook or one of the dating agencies ( I think he's on them all) if you fancy a date with a humerous and much travelled middle aged man.
The rest of us are made up of three Daves. To differentiate they all have nick names. Dave the Hip is the owner of an engineering company. In his sixties and recently had a hip replacement operation. Smokey Dave is the only smoker, he travelled down to Madrid with us and is also well known for getting his bike to do somersaults and walking away from it unharmed. He now rides street fighter GS Adventure that travels sideways and has no backside in his trousers. Gadget Dave owns every gadget it is possible to have for a bike and every other gadget its possible to buy. His partner is Christine who is a fanatical football fan. Despite this she supports Manchester United.
Mark is a 6' 5" builder who has adopted every stray dog in souoth America. He even took two of them into his bedroom one night to stop them barking much to the consternation of smokey Dave who shares a room with him !
Steve is a bakerand owns an Artisan Bakery near Andove. He lists as his pastimes, herding Lamas, helping locals Bolivians sweep the streets and is known to go missing on occassions to be found eating fish head soup and any other local delicacy he can find. Some people think he is a little eccentric.
The photograhic group is made up of Denis and Neil who were mates before they came here and actually remain mates despite sharing a room for five weeks. We know them as the odd couple but they are in their spare time a management consultant and architect.
Hedley and his wife Selina make up the group. His enthusiasm knows no bounds and i have had to threaten him with a baseball bat ona number of occassions for being far too lively before 9.00am. ( Anyone who knows me will understand what a grave offence this is.)
As for April and I you can make up your own entry about us.