Vintage Cape Horn 2013

An epic 6,000 kilometre adventure drive from Buenos Aires to Cape Horn through Argentina and Chile.

Day 4 - Mendoza Rest Day

There's nothing like an air conditioned five star hotel to repair to after a day in the desert and the Park Hyatt in Mendoza is proving to be just the ticket for the crews following the heat of yesterday.

Last night's dinner didn’t disappoint and both the beer and wine flowed freely as tales of temperature related travails were traded.

In bathrooms with more mirrors than the Hall at Versailles we’ve seen sides of ourselves we didn’t know we had as sand blasted, windswept and sunburned bodies were scrubbed clean and moisturised. If this all out solar assault continues some of the open car crews will be using saddle soap rather than Nivea by the end of the Rally.

Rest days are traditionally a day for sorting and fixing down in the basement car park but today there was no drama to note. Robert Abrey struggled manfully with a loose headlamp, Danny Day received help from the sweeps with a faulty brake lamp switch, Bruce Selbie looked into his performance issue of yesterday and Olaf Pothoven set to with the grease gun and the oil can.

Our hotel is very centrally situated right on the Plaza Independencia and within a few hundred metres we have access to many of the wide and leafy avenues, pedestrianised boulevards with cafes and street performers (thankfully no pan pipes) which characterise Mendoza.

For many of the crews though tours of the vineyards, a little shopping or swimming punctuated a thoroughly lazy day.

Tomorrow we’re leaving Argentina for our first foray into Chile. We can see the foothills of the Andes from the hotel and we’re all very excited about that.

Fred Fangio


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