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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Thomas B., Apr 24, 2016.
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After a month in Buenos Aires it was time to leave for the 31st country on this journey, Uruguay. The first stop was the town of Fray Bentos. It was here that in 1863 a factory was founded that should later feed the world with meat, corned and frozen and later even put pies in tins. It was a huge factory where in its heights 1500 – 2000 pieces of cattle were slaughtered and processed daily. The products were exported all over the world and the brand was named after the town. What is left of the complex is pretty much in ruins, but it is interesting to walk around a bit and see the pictures that are on display and read about the work that was done there.
strolling around the factory
a lot of old photos are on Display and Infos About the work in the factory
I love old machinery, (but I´m an engineer)
the old docks
going on we tried a dirt road that looked Pretty dry and sandy. It wasn´t. Underneath it was muddy and slippery like hell. We didn´t get far and had to push the bikes back as the rear Wheel would only spin.
Interesting looking at the old photo, lots of bare feet, not something you see anymore at work... It's even more interesting for me as my home was originally built as an abattoir to kill and process meat from Cattle, Pigs and Sheep. A long time since it was in operation, so not much of that history left in the building. NZ has quite a few abandoned meat works buildings. Hygene standards have moved on and made the old buildings and processes obsolete.
yes the Workers in the photos are all bare footed (hope they washed thier feet before entering the factory). The guys wearing shoes were the bosses I would guess.
Landscape and riding have been a little on the boring side leaving Argentina and all the way through Uruguay so no photos of that. We didn´t take any. A lot of farming in Uruguay. That´s the only change, but still flat. We stopped in an old and touristy town for the night, Colonia, and then pushed on to Montevideo where we met up with some old friends – Takeshi and his wife Coco and Mandy and Jon. We hadn´t seen all of them in a while and it was good to catch up. Sadly Mandy and Jon are going back home and we will not be seeing them any time soon, but that is travelling.
this car hasn´t been used in a while
nice roads in town
more old vehicles in town
BBQ in Montevideo, pick what you want
Mmmmm, barbecue! Thanks for keeping us updated Thomas!
Recently added to the UNESCO World Heritage list - Fray Bentos Industrial Landscape.
Yeah BBQ, but the meat Quality isn´t Always the best.
Your Right, but the complex is sadly rotting away apart from one Building where the Museum is in. No trace of preseving it.
Soon after entering Brasil the “flat” began to get a little hilly what was nice for the eye and the riding. What was not so nice turned up after filling up with brasilian fuel for the first time. The bikes didn´t run as they normally do. They were running rougher and to get going I had to open the throttle more than usually. That is probably due to the more ethanol in the fuel. We took some small twisty roads with little traffic and ended up in the town of Gramado, a popular tourist destination. It is a nice and clean town with European heritage.
There is wind in Brasil too, not only in Patagonia
old houses in Gramado
enjoying a beer in the "german bar"
Sandra and Elvis
this cat loved Sandra´s bike
did a hike around a pituresque Canyon
We were on our way to the coast as one of the brasilians we had met and become friends with in San Pedro de Atacama had offered his vacation home on the beach to us and we didn´t want to miss seeing the guys again. Looking for small roads, that are often unpaved, through the mountains towards Criciuma we got really lucky and spend almost the whole day on dirt with no other traffic. At one point we reached a bridge over a river that was not finished. Sandra was looking into her GPS for a way around it and said it might be a long way to get where we wanted to go if we couldn´t take this route. A local showed up and said we should go through the river. So I walked in to have a look. The current was pretty strong towards the middle, there were big rocks and some steps in the water, and it was getting well over my knee when I decided to turn around and said we need to find a different way. Then another local showed up and we asked for a detour again. He said there was a different way just a couple of Km back. What did I go into the water for and had wet boot for the rest of the day?
Back to dirt
there was good scenery along the way
the unfinished Bridge
You couldn’t go across the unfinished bridge?
No, its hard to see in the photo, but there is a big piece missing at the other end.
You didn’t consider doing it Evel Knievel style?
pics are great.
beautiful day for riding.......
Congrats on where you are and how long you have been on the road. Thanks for sharing!
This is an EPIC RR!!! Thank You for sharing all the pics. Really enjoying every second of it... Keep it up, safe travels and enjoy yourselfs
I was thinking About it, but with the bags on the back was a bit too heavy and the flight time was not Long enough for a backflip.
It definitly was a Beautiful day.
You are welcome.
You are welcome too and we are enjoying it.
We arrived in Circiuma and were greeted by our brasilian friends and taken to the beach house where we would spend the next days relaxing. We were well looked after during our time there as the guys often showed up, often with their families, and brought food to share with us or took us out to a biker bar for drinks. We had a very good time there and it was hard to leave. Great people.
Stopped at a lookout and there were alot of coatis as they were being fed.
this owl lived close to where we were staying.
the brasilians showed up with a good amount of meat for a BBQ
the gang that evening
brasilian fingerfood to go with the beer in a biker bar
and the last get together
Looking good! I'm still following along.....
very envious here.....
great to have friends at different countries. all i have is a few ben franklins and not enough.
sandra and thomas, keep them coming.