Day 138 San Juan to Uspallata January 20
I didn’t like the feel of San Juan and was glad to get going today
The plan was to get to Uspallata today which is on Ruta 7 on the way to Chile. The first 150km was pretty much the same as the past few days, flat and a little boring.
Got in trouble for stopping here near a police check point but had to see this truck
After Mendoza however the next 100km was wonderful. We had been feeling like we were riding just to “get there” but not today. The feeling of riding just to be riding had returned! Each turn blends into the next and you feel in the moment at one with the machine. The clarity of sights, sounds and smells is part of the motorcycle experience and we started to get some of that variety back today.
Uspallata didn’t seem too remarkable but was nice enough. We had a little difficulty finding a place to stay until Eran turned into the Gran Hotel Uspallata, a property I knew was out of the budget but I followed anyway. Just a few meters beyond the fancy hotel was the Gran Hostal Uspallata for $16 each.
Our little buddy at the hostal
After getting settled we walked into town and found some dinner and discussed the $3 dollar Coke we bought at the hotel.