My stay "down on the farm" ends up being a bit longer than planned as the bad weather that was promised eventuates and I get three days of solid heavy mist and light rain. Thankfully my room is very comfortable and I am able to switch the TV to English giving me a good 20 or so channels in a language I can understand. I also get some stuff done on the bike every day including tightening and cleaning the chain, draining the carburettor bulb and cleaning and re-oiling the air filter, which really needed it! Unfortunately the WIFI is terrible and slow and keeps dropping out and there is no cellphone reception at all. Here's me trying to capture the feeling of this very authentic old farmhouse. Thankfully, one of the 10 houses in 'town' is both a little shop and restaurant so I can get supplies and the odd hot meal. Clara, who owns and runs the place is lovely and supplies me with fruit and veges from her garden and hot water for tea and coffee all day long. After three days the forecast says the weather is going to break but I still wake to heavy mist and light rain, nevertheless I decide to pack up and hit the road towards the city of San Juan about 4 hours down the road. The ride is beautiful once again and the weather improves as I ride, through cactus filled desert and through tiny little authentic towns, I am also of course back in the land of Gaucho Gill and pass lots of shrines to this local folk hero, this one made for a nice break stop. On this typical Argentinian desert road, dead straight for as far as the eye can see. I get to San Juan without issue and find an OK hotel on the third try and head into the city for a look-see. I still have some US dollars and am keen not to use the local ATM machines which are a complete rip-off so I go in search of a change place, which of course, like the rest of the city is closed until 5pm.... Everything being shut for 5 hours in the middle of the day is no way to run a country!!! I finally get my money changed, get an early dinner and head back to the hotel. I will head to Mendoza after here but am not feeling great in the morning so decide to stay another day and get some stuff done on the bike whilst I am here. The last few weeks I had noticed that my kick stand was not returning as well as it always did and I see that one of the two springs is broken, it still works fine but I am keen to hand the bike over in as good a condition as I can so find a local moto place and get it sorted. $10 later and all is good again - new and shiny! I also get another key customisation done on the bike - something I should have done ages ago but just never got to - a free beer tomorrow in Mendoza to anyone who can spot this upgrade! Mendoza seems like a very touristy and expensive town so I book myself and AirBnB for two days. One thing I have been waiting for someone to ask - and no one has, so I'll just post it anyway, is what is my fav music?? While I ride I listen to loads of very different music, I have over 5000 songs on my phone and they play at random, lots of classic rock from the 60's, 70's and 80's, but also lots of soul, RnB, reggea, blues and jazz as well as classic NZ rock and a few modern hits. If I had to pick one album that symbolised this trip for me that is actually pretty easy, it has been a favourite of mine for many years but really comes into it's own in Latin America. It is the sound track to the movie "Paris Texas" from the early 80's and is mainly slide guitar played by Ry Cooder. It is superb and I highly recommend you get a copy, take a few of your favourite drinks or drugs, lower the lights and play this on a very good sound system and loud - and let my know what you think, I absolutely love it. The album is simply called "Paris Texas". That's me for now folks, thanks again for all the nice comments and ciao till next time!!