Our first objective is to cross Argentina from East to West to visit the Atacama desert. and for that the first stretch of the trip was going from the city of Resistencia to Salta Capital. And according to what we've been talking, this would be the longest one as well, because we want to do short stretches hitch hiking and be able to visit a lot of the towns and places on the road avoiding going past the most real of each place.
|MINUTES AWAY FROM SETTING OFF|
We started our journey of doing the 800 kilometres that separated us from our destination with a couple that took us to Saenz Peña, some 60 km away. At the end of the day we ended up travelling in four vehicles, from which except the first one they were all workers coming or going to work. We did 350 km in 6 hours and 15 minutes. We were left in Monte Quemado, a town which is approximately half way in the province of Santiago del Estero, were we ask for asylum to pitch our tent in the Gendarmeria Post, and we could even take showers.
|JULIA IN ONE OF THE MANY STOPS|
As soon as the rain stopped Julita went to the route and in less than 2 minutes TWO had stopped. A car going south, and a truck that could take us quite close, but only after he took a shower. Jose, the trucker, left us in the roundabout that is the entrance to Salta, and from there we quickly entered the city.
Emiliano was waiting us with his arms opened and his legs in a hurry, so as soon as que showed us the house and our room, he vanished towards his wedding. And we gave ourselves a well deserve beer with empanadas salteñas.
Final Note: Julia had never travelled hitch hiking before, and she proved having been born for it!