On the 19th of February, I pack to leave Colon, Argentina and head for Rosario, a ride of about 200 miles. So I get about 20 miles from Colon and.........
I have gotten complacent and paid the price. I usually keep a small amount of money in my wallet, and the balance of money else where. Well, I went through a “Police” check and paid the price for getting too comfortable (after over a year in South America). I had no proof of insurance, and the police demanded that I pay a fine. I opened my wallet to extract a few pesos . Another officer (I am trying to be nice), was looking over my shoulder (I did not see him), and he quickly assessed that I had about $100.00 us.
After about 1 hour of negotiations I gave up, and paid for my stupidity! Yep... it cost me $100.00! My guard is back up!!!
I felt like I was back on an Adventure!
An old dredge, sitting in the Rio Uruguay.
The buckets appear to hold about one yard of mud. Bet it was noisy when this thing was operating!
In order to get from Colon to Rosario, I had to take a bridge across the Rio Parana, which is the second longest river in South America (and the 13th longest river in the world). Crossing the river is not a big problem, but you must also cross a floodplain/swamp area which is nearly 30 miles across. This is a pictures of the streets in Victoria, the last city prior to crossing the Parana.
I made it to Rosario, Argentina.
The river is used extensively to haul freight up and down Argentina.
Sometimes you could see as many as 3 ships at once plying the river.
On Wednesday, the 21st of February, I walk the city of Rosario.
Prior to leaving Rosario, I needed to have some additional welding performed on the bike.
The same weld broke, which I had to have repaired in Santiago, Chile (7,000 miles ago)
The welding crew.......
That is it, through the 21st of February, 2007.
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