On Thursday evening, all of the participants of the Trans America Rally were invited to celebrate Marco Halter’s birthday at a Tango club where he kindly shouted dinner and a traditional dance, tango and national song fest. Really great with beautiful dancing and entertainment. Most memorable and much appreciated by all. Beginning with a wine tasting exhibition and learning the art of how wine ought to be drunk. Like we don’t know how. Still, interesting stuff, then a three course meal and champagne.
Most generous considering nearly 25 people attended.
Home by bus at midnight, well past many people’s bed time.
The next day, Friday, began relatively early, 6.00am with breakfast and meeting up with the ERA sweeper team boys that served us so well on the previous two rally’s.
A walk around the city of Buenos Aires revealed a very colonial style city that boasts early Spanish architecture, beautiful to behold.
Unfortunately there is also much of the infrastructure that has been left unkempt and poorly maintained. Broken footpaths with road and verge repairs not done. Pity. Such a vibrant city.
We travelled by bus in the early afternoon to uplift the cars from the port.
Most cars had arrived with one or two not available due to shipping delays. So holding our breath and hope they arrive in time for the start on Sunday morning.
All cars in good condition though the process of clearing and officialdom was very lengthy with the last cars leaving the port around 6 pm.
Still everyone was happy to get into their cars and drive them back to the hotel. Some beautiful cars. Denise started very easily and the sound of her motor was warming to the heart.
So on the way back to the hotel we spotted a couple of guys cleaning cars on the side of the road and we gave Denise a really good wash and polish. She gleamed and looked great. All for the price of NZ$8.00.
People over here do want to work and they get stuck in.
Tonight we have a briefing at 8.00pm and will receive our driving instructions and directions.
We’ll fill up with petrol tomorrow morning (NZ$1.80 per litre) and tweak a few things before getting ready to get underway on Sunday morning.
Itchy feet. Can’t wait to get underway.
One of the tango dancers and Stephen. She couldn’t resist him!
Some of the cars ready to be released from the port. There’s Denise in the corner.