We overnighted in Necochea and then drove onto Bahia Blanca.
The roads into Bahia Blanca were appalling in places and this being compounded by the dreaded speed bumps in every settled area.
The journey from place to place on the east coast has become pretty boring. The land mass is flat and the terrain is low scrubby bushes, interspersed with farms. One thing that has caught our attention is the amount of disused redundant railway lines. It appears that trucks do all the carrying on Argentinian roads.
There were two food inspections as we headed south, but we were prepared. Only one apple was confiscated.
The campground we headed for in Veidma, we discovered is now a totally redeveloped area and walking track beside the river. After discovering that we thought we’d get some fuel. The garages in Veidma we discovered would only accept cash. So, we headed for a bank. Two that we tried would not accept either of our cards!
No fuel, no cash and no wifi places that we could see.....what to do? We were having a major panic. Was this the beginning of a bad situation for us?
So, just to ensure our cards hadn’t been blocked the cook went to the supermarket and bought some groceries and paid OK with the card. Another customer overheard her asking the checkout operator if there was anyone on staff who could speak English and she offered to help “with a little English”.
She took us to her bank, the Bank of Patagonia and we were able to at least withdraw some cash with our visa card. This is EXPENSIVE money!
This customer, Anna, offered for us to stay overnight at her farm.There we met Herman, her husband and Emma their 8 month old baby. We toured their extensive organic garden and orchard and were the very grateful recipients of ‘straight off the vine’ fresh squash, cucumber and zucchini. Herman also had a seed and fertilizer business at the farm.
We spent some time socialising, enjoying some fine wine and shared some photographs with them.
Our overnight stay was very pleasant, albeit stiflingly hot and windy. This part of Argentina is in the upper reaches of Patagonia.