Kicking our heels in Mendoza

We have to get John’s bike fixed and I need a new tyre and a welder for my panniers.

If you have to kick your heels in Argentina, Mendoza is not a bad place to be. It really is a very impressive place. Grand squares and parks and a good lifestyle…



Many lovely parks and statues etc



Lots of Cafes and Restaurants in Malls cleared of cars

Have a look at the photo of the shop that sells “white goods” and motorbikes! It’s like “the Good Guys or Harvey Norman expanding their range!

Motorbikes are sold along with fridges and dishwashers in this shop

Another thing that is simply fabulous is the ice cream…I’m not much of an ice cream fanatic but I’m hooked!

SERIOUSLY yummy ice cream!

On Sunday we decided to rent a car to visit the Vineyards, have lunch and do some wine tasting. Great idea except nobody told us everything is closed! Yes, EVERYTHING!

Never on Sunday...everything closed!


Poorly kept vineyard...don't know if this is typical

Monday arrived and off we went to BMW to get John’s bike fixed. To avoid wasting time I thought I would get them to fit a new rear tyre and do oil change and fix the pannier…… I hope that doesn’t prove an expensive mistake!

8.30am outside a locked BMW Dealer...

We arrived at 8.15 only to find the place in darkness and the gates locked. At about 8.45 the gates were opened and in we went. No early starts here!

We looked at the “opening times” on the door and noticed they take a THREE hour siesta!

They open again at 4.00pm and work through till about 7.00.

It seems to me that having a three hour break in the middle of the day must make it a very long day They don’t go home to sleep, as say in a Greek village….. As far as I can tell, they just hang around and gossip and drink MATE and have lunch!

Anyway, that’s the system and it is very frustrating for us bikers who just want to get on the road!….I have to get to Santiago to meet Merry after all!

As I write it is 4.00 pm on Monday. I have no idea whether the bikes will  be ready today. We’ve been told to call at 6.00pm! Fingers crossed

We DO know that John’s bike has blown the fan so nothing serious except the fan costs an unbelievable $450!

So….you’ll have to wait till the next post to find out what happened!




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  13. Hi Geoff – My brother, Neil Peebles, sent me your site and it was so nice to see photos of Chile and my cousin Robert, who I haven’t seen since 1975 when I went back to visit them from the UK. I have now been in Australia since 2007 and Bacchus Marsh, western region of Melbourne. My daughter, Caitlin is now 13 and is a horse fanatic (just saw the lovely photo of Merry on a horse ). Caitlin has her own horse and will want to work with them as a career, her whole life revolves round them. I will be going over to Chile with my daughter in August where I will be meeting up with my sister Jeanny from the UK – in the meantime I have been given homework from Neil and Jeanny as there are many Peebles buried here (especially Geelong). As you know Neil is a fanatic in ancestry so him and Jeanny will be traveling to the Pampa to do some research. Would love to catch up when you are back in Melbourne. All the best in your travels. Susan By the way, I’m glad you tried the local Pisco but lethal!!!

    • H Susan, Grest to hear from you. I didn’t know there was a Peebles relative in Melbourne that shares the same Gt Gt Grandfather! ( actually your Gt Grandfather!)
      Our daughter as well as Merry is a horse fanatic. At one time she wanted to do Horse Acupuncture as a career !
      it was great meeting Neil and Robert and seeing all the places.
      Emjioy your trip. I know you will of course and keep in touch so we can meet on your return

  14. Hi Geoff, hope the bikes are getting fixed while you are enjoying the ice cream! I found out today that the mum one of Thomas’s school friends was born in Mendoza so is very jealous you are there! She asks if you are following any of the trail of Che Gevarra.
    Looking forward to your next posts

    • Hi Karen….someone said i look like Che??? Not quite sure how he thought that….I dont have a beard, am 67 (ugh) and fair/grey and don’t wear a hat otherwise Che and i are twins! Yes. tell Thomas to tell his friend Mendoza is a beautiful place and he should visit someday!
      Love geoff

  15. Hi Geoff, I’ve been thinking of you whilst watching the motorbikes on the Dakar Rally – now that you’ve mastered the ripio I guess you’re now looking for the next challenge of fesh-fesh (aka guadel, probably similar to bulldust), 30m sand dunes, and river crossings! 🙂

    Mendoza sounds lovely. Have you sampled any EUR1 and EUR2 bottles of wine?

    • Hi John

      I was watching the Dakar and realised my feeble attempt on the RIPIO is child’s stuff!
      What is EUR 1 and EUR 2?

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