Vintage Cape Horn 2013

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

Day 10 - Bariloche Rest Day

The lap of luxury

The Llao Llao rest day, something we’ve all been looking forward to for a long time. A fabulous hotel in an exquisite setting. The guidebook describes picture postcard views in every direction and we couldn’t agree more. 

We’ve been on the road for almost two weeks now and today marks a sort of midway point for us. We’ve left behind the hotter and more densely populated half of the Rally to enter a colder and more desolate place. Short sleeved shirts and shorts are now right at the bottom of the kit bag as duvet jackets and thermal underwear make their way to the top.

Bariloche, the town which the Llao Llao calls home is a bustling lakeside ‘honeypot’ with cafes and gift shops galore and from it you could take a cruise on the lake, the Lago Nahuel Huapi or swim from one of the beaches or hire a mountain bike or ride a horse or go fishing. Or you could sit around the beautiful wood panelled bar and sink into an overstuffed armchair sipping a cool beer and forget the rattles and bumps of the Rally.

Bariloche is a year round resort but as we were only here for twenty four hours the Rally organisers arranged for us to have four seasons in one day. Wind, light snow flurries, rain, sunshine and showers gave us the complete picture.

In the carpark we saw the usual running repairs and maintenance. Martin Hunt was replacing all the tubes and rubbing down the inside of the rims of his Bentley as a precautionary measure after suffering three punctures. Luc Janssens and Alfredo Uboldi were servicing the Chevrolet Coupe. There are some long tough days ahead and like many others they wisely took the chance for some preventive maintenance. A welder was on hand but Danny Day decided to take his Chevrolet into town to a workshop for some suspension modification and repair.

Last night after an excellent dinner of tenderloin beef we enjoyed a virtuoso musical performance. Andy Actman and Sadie Williams performing as Sadie and the Headgaskets, kicked up a rumpus in the bar with a real guitar and a fake one - made from a head gasket. Listeners were hard pressed to decide which one they preferred as they sang along to Alice, the Actman Anthem, and a number of other crowd pleasing tub thumpers. The late Lou Reed once said that "One chord is fine. Two chords is pushing it. Three chords and you're into jazz.” and on this basis we can say it was a fine performance.

Today though brought an end to the Rally for Geoff and Penny Rawlings. Their Talbot has issues with the steering and they don’t feel its fair to push it any further.

Fred Fangio


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