It seems hard to believe that the day has come for me to ACTUALLY leave Buenos Aires. All of my stuff is spread across the floor in my friend's apartment as I try to decide what I do and don't need for this third stage of my travels. Until now I have been traveling by bus, plane and auto, usually carrying more than I need. Now limited to two panniers, a tail and tank bag and a duffel at my back, it is time to thin it out. Most of what I carry will consist of riding and camping equipment, tools and some electronics. Oh and some clothes. It will certainly be ample space, it is just a matter getting into the system and knowing what I actually use.
I have been in BA for a solid month. I planned on staying here no longer than a week, but upon arriving to a crashed bike I was determined to stay and find a different bike to complete my goal or touring South America via moto. Although this process has been a pain in my a$$ I have learned heaps. And I will say, it is not a bad place to be stuck. I prefer the country side, but this is one fantastic city! I have eaten well, tasted some spectacular fermented grapes, danced all night and met some amazing people! Salute!
I will leave as early as possible tomorrow and make my way through Rosario to Cordoba, AR. This is supposed to be a fun college town with some superb bife (steak). From Cordoba I will shoot down to Medoza where I will meet up with my old college buddy, Adam, and join him for the annual Vendimia Wine Harvest Festival which goes into March. I will keep you all posted on the research mission!