19.02.2012 20 °C
For those not familiar with the concept of overlanding the 5 principal guidelines are participation; co-operation; consideration; open mindedness and flexibility. Having spent the past 12 days travelling south perhaps I might be permitted to add another one here - it also helps to lack a sense of smell! Let’s face it when you’re locked away inside a tin can (converted truck) with 16 other bodies hurtling south on the bumpiest road built there isn’t much chance that you’ll be smelling roses anytime soon! Having said that the great thing is you do get used to it after a while but when you see the sheer look of horror on the shop keepers face as you stroll up to the counter armed with a sugar rush (enough candy to blow the minds of a year 10 class) it does make you think for a moment.
And so with this in mind we did the unthinkable last night and booked ourselves into a hotel! Having fantasized about hot running water and clean sheets for weeks now I finally succumbed and might I just add….this feeling of guilt is wonderful! After consigning 2 weeks of a beard to oblivion I was shocked to see a dashing young face staring back at me from the mirror….(whilst some poetic license is allowed here I’ll agree with you that perhaps dashing and young are pushing the truth ever so slightly). 2 showers later I think I might be slowly returning to normal.
Weather permitting tomorrow we set out at the crack of dawn to trek in the stunning snow covered Fitzroy Mountain ranges from our base here in El Chalten.