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October 26, 2005

Road SignI love potholes — because that means the road is paved. We have just spent a fantastic week driving through San Juan Province, Argentina. We went from San Juan to Barreal to Rodeo to the Valley of the Moon and back to San Juan.

It was a great trip with spectacular landscapes, charming towns, wonderful people but some stressful driving conditions. We rented a Suziki “Fun”. Having a car was fun, but not all of the driving was.

We went 1000 miles over a few good roads and a lot of dirt, gravel, sand, and crumbling mountain passes with two way traffic on one lane roads. The winding mountain passes came complete with steep drop offs and only occasional guard rails. This was just the spot to drive a stick shift for the second time in my life and the first time in 18 years.

We endured 2 agricultural inspectors, 6 police check points, dozens of detours and hundreds of badenes or dips as we learned. We made the whole trip with out major incident. We did get stuck in the sand once, but this was on a national park road and we were with a ranger. It was a quick fix. We also turned back, afraid to cross a stream when we were headed toward, La Finca Media Luna, a hotel in the mountains.

I do have to credit Jim Roger’s and his very entertaining book, Adventure Capitalist: The Ultimate Road Trip, a story about literally driving around the world with some excellent advice: When inquiring about road conditions be sure to ask people if they themselves have actually travelled on the road, rather than that they have simply heard “it is fine”. Also be sure to ask several people. This saved us from driving a 120 mile “short cut” with 2 rivers only crossable by 4 wheel drive.

Here is a lovely “detour” that we drove on for 50 miles:

This is how you save money on gaurd rail. Only use it where it is absolutely necessary:

If you can’t see the videos, you can downlod the the detour or the guard rail videos.

Some photos of road conditions are available.

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  1. [...] We arrived in Barreal late in the day, after driving some rough roads. We made an appointment to go sailing the next afternoon, since there is little wind in the morning, but in afternoon the winds can reach up to 50 miles per hour. [...]

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