Two more days of riding south on Ruta 40 will cover the rest of the ground from Mendoza to the Lake District, which is where we want to be for the New Year.
We ride to Chos Malal for the second night and then on to Junin de Los Andes at the end of the third day. These are the glimpses we catch along the way….Ruta 40 is paved in long stretches but still has the occasional stretch of gravel, and we ride across one that’s 50 miles or so long. There are some really deep gravel sections and some places with soft sand holes that are as wide as the road. I stop at one point, having ridden much too slowly up a sandy section on a hill, to take a pic of the deep track I’d made trying to get my girl up the not-even-steep grade.
We cross the Rio Grande at a narrow canyon and it reminds me of Devil’s Gulch near Sioux Falls.
It’s a gorgeous stretch of road.
And then there’s another soft sandy section…
The views are stunning…
We get stopped at a police checkpoint, but it doesn’t take long.
And we stop again later for a break at an abandoned gas station that provides some shelter from the wind.
And on and on we go….we will make Junin by nightfall, and at last we are at the edge of the Lake District.