14,500, 15,000 & 15,500

14500 from Matt Kelly on Vimeo.

15000 from Matt Kelly on Vimeo.

15500 from Matt Kelly on Vimeo.

The videos above were taken near Cafayate, Jachal and Malargüe, respectively.  I’ve still got a week of riding through the desert, then I look forward to being in the wetter, cooler region of Argentina.  The miles are flying by even though some days it really doesn’t seem like it.  I’ll cross into what is considered Patagonia sometime this week.

I’ve run into several Argentine touring cyclists lately.  It seems that aside from the US, more than any other country on this trip, Argentina has the most cyclists travelling within their own country, and especially right now, which is when most people have vacation time.  Heading south is Juan Alberto “Superman” (possibly got this nickname by, among other feats, having completed 49 marathons), who just started a year long trip around Argentina on his 49th birthday.   Emiliano from Mar de Plata is also heading along the same route for the next few weeks.  We rode together a couple of days ago, and though our speeds and schedules differ, I’ll look forward to running in to them again as we all head south.

After four days straight and about 260 miles from Mendoza, I took a day off in Malargüe, a tidy little city with a big tourism industry.  Nearby is a ski resort, but it is the summer here, so all the ski rental stores are shuttered.  The city has a brand new planetarium, last night there was a documentary and then a tutorial on finding different constellations, which is helpful as I don’t know much about the southern stars (or the northern ones for that matter).  So if I get lost and am cycling at night, I can now find the Southern Cross.

4 comments to 14,500, 15,000 & 15,500

  • Mita

    Congrats Matt on passing 15,000 miles! So it’s been windy, eh…good conditioning for Patagonia (did I mention how windy it was there?). Looking forward to the next update!

  • Thanks for the video reports. Fun to see and hear you. Congrats on your milestones!! That’s crazy to have to push your bike downhill, altho I can say I’ve experienced wind that strong but I wasn’t biking. It’ll be good timing to arrive in Chicago in the spring vs. winter! They’ve been snowed in for 2 days in case you don’t know. We didn’t get a flake here–but we already have many feet on the ground. Praying for you.
    Love to you, Aunt Kathy and Uncle Mark

  • Meghan

    That’s a sweet stache.

  • Cooper

    Matto, congratulations on these huge milestones.You are really knocking the miles down. Keep truckin’ and enjoy the Summer!

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