By now, my chain was in desperate need of replacement, my headlight was still only working intermittently, I needed a new back tyre, the top box bolts had broken again (third time) after all the corrugated roads and my steering bearings needed a clean and some grease. Rhonda was feeling very awkward at slow speeds! On top of all this, the clocks had started flashing on and off for no apparent reason!
|The pool bar at La Casa Roja|
We decided we did not want to tackle the busy border and instead looked at a route that would take us down some dirts tracks to a tiny border further south. It would also take us via a small town called Tunuyan which had another bike shop. It was worth a try on the way.
Tunuyan was around 100km away. It wouldn't take us long on this stretch of road. Boring but practical for our purposes. We were making good time and would make it before Siesta when all the shops would shut for a couple of hours at least.
Around 7km before our destination, Rhonda decided to stop! The ever flashing clocks had now gone off all together and suddenly everything died. No power! I was in front for this very reason and so we both pulled in safely and off the busy highway. We found some shade and between us we checked all the connections. Thankfully it turned out to be as simple as one of the battery terminals having worked its way out a little and so the connection was not tight.
By the time we got to Tunuyan Siesta had hit and having spoken to the locals we found the track we were heading for was not accessible by motorbike. Only on foot or by horse! Another failed mission! The only way was to go back the way we came and head for the busy border. We decided not to rush and instead road to Maipu, on the outskirts of Mendoza for some wine tasting (it's known for its wineries)!! If life hands you lemons - make lemonade! In our case - If life hands you wineries - park up your bike and drink wine!
|Dining area at La Casa Roja|
|Rhonda is good as new again|
|Court yard at La Casa Roja|