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ARGENTINA: PASO SICO ROUTE

A Frenchman on a seriously overloaded recumbent. A recumbent looks like a slightly eccentric choice of vehicle for this particular route -- to me, at any rate. He is pushing when I first spot him, as I ride down a long sandy descent towards San Antonio de Cobres. When I ask if I can take a photo he mounts the beast but I can't see him actually riding much in the next few days on his way into Chile. The Frenchman has some Argentinian pesos I have Chilean pesos and so we come to a deal* regarding currency exchange and pass on our separate ways.

* A fairly disadvantageous one for me, I must say, as he seemed to be utterly unaware of the blue market rate of exchange for Argentinian pesos and wasn’t much interested in educating himself on the subject.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. Neil | January 20, 2014 at 3:42 am | Permalink

    Ah, Alexey and his extraordinary steed! Wouldn’t want to be on that thing on some of the roads he seems to go on…

  2. anna | January 20, 2014 at 7:36 pm | Permalink

    I never got his name. But it was an extraordinary encounter.

    Good on him for being out there, whatever his choice of steed…..

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