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Heading North Sept 2015. Starting Off

August 30, 2015

Modigliani Suites, Mendoza. 30.8.15

It’s amazing what you can find when you read the small print.It appears one of our Amex credit cards allows the holder to two entries into their lounges at different airports over the world even if travelling economy every year. Joan sussed it out and meant we could spend the few hours at Sydney between flights relaxing, eating a meal, having a quiet drink without too much distraction. And at Santiago airport which is not the nicest of places, Joan used another priority pass card available through another of our CCs to gain entry into their lounge there. Not as well equipped as the Amex in Sydney but still more relaxing than otherwise.

The flight was uneventful apart from the cloud cover lifting at just the right time for us to have a magnificent view of the South Island of NZ and the snow covered Southern Alps. It closed in when once the land was behind us.

Well the bakkie looks pretty good. All seemingly intact, one of the tyres was down a little and will see today if the battery has any life in it. The apartment we are in is 50 metres from the garage where the bakkie sits, it’s where we stayed last year and couldn’t be more handy.

Now it’s time to concentrate on the important matters in hand like driving on the right and not flushing the toilet paper down the loo

The plan is to head north from Mendoza, bypass San Juan, earlier visited, then keep heading north visiting a couple of national parks on the way until hitting Salta. From there we head north west following an old rail line that used to pass over the Andes to the Peruvian coast but now terminates at a viaduct over 220 metres in length and some 64 metres above the canyon it spans. The road continues to the Chilean border then on to San Pedro de Atacama. The base for the Atacama desert and surrounding district. Then it’s back across the border into Bolivia where the intention was to spend a few weeks before crossing into Peru for a further few weeks then Ecuador. It would be nice to take a trip out to the Galapagos Islands for a week or so. We will see when we get to Guayaquil.

After that, who knows.

One Comment
  1. John & Angela Slater permalink

    Bon Voyage Gary & Joan. Look forward to your blogs as always. Hope you send a picture of the
    old rail line.

    Love John & Angela

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