Day 43 (6th Jan.)
We decided to stay an extra night at our hotel as we were both tired and had mundane things to do like washing some of our clothes. We found a ‘Lavanderia’ which could wash our things and return them to our hotel the same evening, which was perfect. Washing and drying clothes is not an issue at home but when one is travelling it has to be planned for a longer stopover to avoid packing up wet clothes, so to have it done for us is quite exciting!
Mark checked over the bike and we will need to replace the bike’s rear tyre soon because with the sidecar only the middle part of the tyre (which is a normal, curved motorbike tyre with a small road contact patch) is in contact with the road and has therefore worn relatively quickly in the middle. We probably have several hundred miles before having to replace it and will get one at the next large town we stop at. The other two tyres (front and sidecar wheels) are of a more square profile and are wearing far more slowly.
We spent a lazy afternoon watching English films on the television in our room and will head off in the morning towards San Carlos de Bariloche which will take a few days to get to.