2 months into the journey
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The 6th November, or Thursday, was the date that marked 2 months away in the journey. I´ve covered quite a lot of distance as you can see on the map. I´m now in Bariloche (or San Carlos de Bariloche to give it the full name), which is 41 degrees south of the equator.
I arrived here on Wednesday afternoon. Thursday we went on a tour to Cerro Tronador (the peak of thunder), named because of the movements of the glaciar that sound like rumbles of thunder. The glaciar is receding rapidly with global warming and estimates suggest it will be melted in 15 years! We also visited a couple of waterfalls, the first set in a very spectacular little gorge.
On Friday we went rafting, which was brilliant fun but really not the best day to do it. The rain poured incessantly and since arriving in Bariloche it has been very cold. So we were standing listening to the instructions, shivering and teeth chattering. We rafted about 10km down the Rio Manso until the border with Chile, navegating 10 rapids. I was right at the front of the boat, setting the pace, but very vulnerable as the first one to face the waves. We only had one really worrying wave that towered over us, but miraculously we all kept our places without being thrown out.
Afterwards they cooked up an asado (barbecue) with vino tinto and that cheered us all up!