Onward to Uruguay by ferry S34 28.240 W57 50.967
Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
159Trip End Jun 23, 2010
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Having loaded up the bikes in the underground carpark the previous night, we were able to get an early (7am) start to ride in convoy to Puerto Madero to board the ferry. We received many stares and drivers slowed down to have a look at us. They were waving and giving us the thumbs up and gave us some space on the road which was much appreciated. At the traffic lights they asked us where we were from and other relevant questions.
Through Immigration, you wouldn't believe it, the officer saw Des’s passport and noticed he was born in Ireland, which prompted him to ask which part of Ireland he was from. Apparently the Officer studied English in Dublin (where Des was born) and stayed in the same village where Des grew up, Clondalkin
I don’t know what it is about Des, but once again they singled him out for another body search, paying particular attention to the padding in his riding pants, around the knees and hips, but paying no mind at all to the Leatherman Knife, in his belt.
One thing we have used a lot so far on the trip is the 4 plug power board, thanks to who ever gave us that tip!
URUGUAY – COLONIA – HOT AS HELL – 29.10.09
S34 28.240 W57 50.967
The ferry trip was relaxing and gave me time to catch up on some Pod writing. The waterway we crossed was like a millpond and the bikes did not even need to be strapped to the deck! A bit of a worry for Lou. There were 4 other BMW 1200 motorbikes on the ferry.
We rode off the ferry into a very hot Uruguay
After a few more wrong turns in tandem, (must have looked funny to anyone following us). We located Hostel Colonial and asked for two double rooms, which were unavailable, but we could have a dormitory with six bunk beds for just the four of us. We asked if there would be room for storing our bikes somewhere and the answer was, yes. We couldn’t wait to get some of our hot gear off, so we paid $13.80 each per night and settled in. We had only ridden 3 kilometers and were totally spent. In fact we’ve only done 29kms in 10 days, pretty poor really considering this is a motorbike journey.