While in Jujuy we ended up staying at the same hostel as Matt, James, Tom and Edu, who we had ran into in San Pedro de Atacama earlier this month. This was a surprise, we didn’t know the guys were in Jujuy. Scott and I had looked at two hotels but were not impressed. We decided to take a look at one more hotel before making a decision. While talking with the guy running the third hotel he mentioned there were a couple of cyclists already checked-in and by his description we knew exactly who this motley crew were! Perhaps the universe has a hand in this, but I swear touring cyclists have some kind of magnetic attraction to each other because we’re always having these chance encounters.
Scott and I, and Matt and James headed out together and before too long we ran into Maggie and Bryan, Canadian south bounders on their honeymoon! The six of us rode together for the two day ride to Salta and we’re all taking a day off today to get out of the rain and enjoy the city.
We enjoyed the beautifully scenic and fairly easy ride on Rt 9 to Salta. We had been warned by some well meaning locals that this road has a lot of climbing. Pfft. Thanks to spending eight months in the Andes we’ve redefined what constitutes climbing. A lot of climbing is spending three days climbing the same mountain because we’re going from sea level to 15,000 feet. The 2,500 feet of climbing in the 60 miles between Jujuy to Salta? Not a lot of climbing. Perspective is a funny thing.
We were all wowed by Salta’s markets and fully stocked grocery stores. We’re also embracing the Argentine passion for asado. We’re learning that most hotels have a parrilla, a place for guests to BBQ. Together we grilled lots of meat, drank too much wine and relished how easy travel is here in Argentina. We could get used to this!