Waiting on the YPF

The road is pretty bad. And, it’s windy. This means that  Paul and Camille travel at about VW speed.

After a few wrong turns and stopping to fill our tank with all of our reserves, we pulled into the town of Gobernador Gregores on fumes. We hit the YPF and, of course, they were also out of gas. They told us to come back at 4 pm. So, we made lunch at the town plaza and did some grocery shopping. When we returned to fill up, they said it would be 8 pm before they had gas… mas o menos.  It’s getting dark earlier now, so we decided to go to the municipal campground and wait it out.  Later that night we were able to buy 100 pesos worth (half a tank) because of rationing. No problem… we just waited a while and returned and got another 100 pesos.  Then, waited a while and returned to get another 100 pesos in our spare tanks.

We spent the night hanging out and cooking at the town’s free campsite. Like all of them, it came with a camp dog. This one – Jack – was awesome and we very nearly added another member to the gang.

The next morning we set up for the long road to El Chalten.

 No road is long with good company.

– Turkish Proverb

5 thoughts on “Waiting on the YPF

  • March 14, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    Crazy Chester followed me, and he caught me in the fog.
    He said, “I will fix your rags, if you’ll take Jack, my dog.”
    I said, “Wait a minute, Chester, you know I’m a peaceful man.”
    He said, “That’s okay, boy, won’t you feed him when you can.”

    The Weight, performed by The Band

  • March 14, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Wonder how the US population would react to all these gas shortages like you’re experiencing. Heh, heh. 😉

    So.. I suppose it’s been mentioned, but I’m not remembering it. I wanna know what rubber you’ve got on Red Beard as I don’t recall hearing about a single flat despite all these challenging roads the last couple years. Due for another “technical” blog soon eh? 🙂

    Spring is awakening here in Montana… the Bumblebus will soon awaken as well. Can’t wait!! See ya out there someday. 🙂

  • March 14, 2012 at 7:05 PM

    Goodyear on the back. Bought in Mexico and still look new.

    The fronts have been switched around. Cheap Chinese right now, bought in Costa Rica and almost bald. They all replaced the 4 brand new Yokohama Y356’s we left the US with, which all went bald before Costa Rica.

  • March 15, 2012 at 4:54 AM

    try to find some Bridgestone “Mighty Rib” 700R14, those are the ones that i’m using right now… make the bus direction very smooth

  • March 16, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Love that pic of Bode on the bike with his big juice mustache smile.

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