A beautiful river crossing
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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As we cycled through the town we saw lots of old, colonial buildings and large churches and stopped to take a photo by a huge Argentinian flag. The city was easy to navigate through thanks to the directions we had been given by Benito the night before. We easily found ourselves back on the main highway and surrounded by flat, farmland again.
As we didn't see any cafes or villages we stopped by the side of the road and rested in the shade
The day went easily and we covered 120km along the flat ground. We stopped only once for a coffee and to send off a couple of emails at a petrol station. We have gotten so used to these facilities and will find it strange when we cross the border into Uruguay and the conveniences disappear again.
We cycled through Santa Fe and tried to decide what to do, as it was getting late and we didn't know how long it would take us to get to Parana. Santa Fe was really busy though and we were hoping for a quiet couple of days off without having to cycle the following day. We decided to pedal fast towards the river and get there as quickly as we could. The road was fairly busy but there was a good hard shoulder for a change. As we arrived at the river the road signs said that there was a long tunnel that went under the river and that cyclists were not allowed. This left two options, to try to thumb a truck to take us through the tunnel or to see if there was a boat crossing. We opted to cycle down to the river and happened to find a couple of boats that were just about to leave to cross to Parana, They said they were more than happy for us to jump onboard and they would take us and the bikes across the river for free. They were leaving straight away, so we didn't have to wait. It was perfect. We hopped onboard and chatted to the family, whilst watching the sunset over the river. It was beautiful and the family were extremely friendly and happily handed their Mate cup around for us all to share. We could get used to this Argentinian hospitality, as they are the most helpful people we have ever met (closely followed by kiwis!). We quickly found our way to a hostel, and then wolfed down a burger from a fast food restaurant as it was the only place that we could find that was serving food. We were more interested with hitting the hay as we were both exhausted.