From Mendoza I headed west up Ruta 7 to Potrerillos then up Ruta 89 into the mountains for a spot of lunch at the only micro brewery around, Cerveza Jerome. The brewery and restaurant are literally next to the owner/operator's home at the top of a gravel mountain road high above town. However, he manages to distribute his product all over the world, including Boulder, CO.
Had a tasty burger and the "El Diablo" beer.
Bottled by hand.
After lunch and a tour I got on the bike headed for higher ground. I followed winding gravel roads next to the stream then climbing up some fantastic switchbacks. Eventually, I made my way to Refugio "San Bernardo" at just under 10,000 feet above sea level.
This is the same hut that my buddy Adam uses for his winter ski tours.
I was warmly greeted by some local folks for a coffee and mate. These pleasant surprises are what make traveling alone so rewarding. I had no idea what was up that road, but ended up having a wonderful time with new people high in the Andes.
Then back to Mendoza, and off to Bariloche manana!