April 15 -
The greatest part of Chilecito was going to various shops and chatting up the storeowners. I must have gone to six different places to find everything I needed before we got back on the road, vastly different from the Walmart culture we are used to in the States that provides a one-stop shop. Sometimes, the process is frusterating, but not here. I had the time to pass and encounter really sweet, warm people that were curious about what I was doing there and shared some stories about themselves as well. My favorite experience of the day was going to a Regionales shop where after telling to owner I wanted to learn how to make beer and wine when I return home, he quickly grabbed his old cassette recorder and interviewed me my thoughts on Argentina. What a halarious, quirky time we had.
Later that evening, Ryan and I met some Spanish bike tourers heading North up to Colombia within the next year. The two of them were in architecture and engineering, and were teaching a university course on sustainable building practices. So we had a lot in common on many levels and it was great to chat them up about the beginning of their bike journey.