On the road to Durango
I am so glad to be on this road driving into these mountains. The road is in great condition, most of it newly tarred. It has the issue of curves and no shoulders but everyone drives carefully and expertly, especially the trucks.
I suppose the trucks could be challenging to someone not confident with their driving skills but I find them courteous and careful.
Alma sleeps almost the whole way up into the mountains. I do not know if that is because she didn't get a good night's sleep last night after downing so much beef so late. Her stomach cannot take it but her mind is stronger!
Or she also might be sleeping because she wanted us to take the road that costs money and I vetoed. I am on a budget - and so is she - plus I really like the free roads. They are closer to the actual people and the scenery is so much closer too.
We stop several times at little towns and interesting pull-offs. One such pull off has about 10 vendors selling yummy smelling food. It is a bridge over a huge drop to what looks like a tiny river at the very bottom.
The large marble sign declares in Spanish that this bridge was built over a 6 year span in the 1940's! It probably did for the people here like the Golden Gate bridge did for folks in the Bay Area: cut off hours, if not days of traveling and made the journey to Durango so much quicker.
We stop and park at large town of El Salta. We drive through the town on a one-way street - about 6 or 7 blocks - until we reach the town plaza, where we find a park. We see several internet cafes as we walk around with lots of people.
Alma doesn't want to stay here for the night so we continue toward Durango, looking for a good place to park.
We stop for the night at a national park! It is real and exists not only on the map but physically here! It is almost dark when we arrive and the man who lives there with his family, lowers the chain across the entrance and tells us we are welcome to park here for the night!
How wonderful! Tomorrow we will explore the park a little before continuing on to Durango!