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Estancia La Angostura

sunny -20 °C

Today is a treat! After leaving at 8.30am we head out again onto the Ruta 40 to travel 330km to “Estancia La Angostura” a traditional Argentinean farm that has been in the family since 1910 and be treated to a traditional Argentinean meal.

The ride today was extraordinary, this is big sky country……breath-taking, astounding, amazing. Vast steppe like plains, abrupt terraces rising and falling and always imparting vistas that don’t seem quite real; all this wrapped in the big blue sky. Excellent riding but today was for valuing this unique wilderness.

Turning off the Ruta 40 we had a 30km ride on gravel to reach the Estancia. It’s been a little while since I’ve ridden dirt and some would say loose gravel is just the start you need to become reacquainted with your dirt riding skills. The Estancia was situated under the lip of a crater like formation on a vast flood plain with stunning views across the never ending plain. Our hosts welcome us to their home and the rest of the day is ours. I spend the time enjoying the solitude that surrounds me and later in the day make my way to the kitchen where the gaucho/ chef is preparing the lamb for dinner. In traditional Argentinean style the lamb is split open and mounted on a large stake with the ribs and legs unfurled onto crossbars. The charcoal fire is prepared, the carcass basted and the stake driven into the ground and so the process of cooking the lamb begins. Finally, some 2.5 hours later lashings of freshly grilled lamb are served accompanied with a variety of salads and vegetables all from the farm’s lush garden. The wine, Malbec of course and a touch of the local Cab Sav.

Posted by ScottyJ 10:25 Archived in Argentina

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