The E-Bike Diaries

Six Pictures

/ Argentina

Vera with her 3-year-old son Giosué cycling near the town of Salto de Las Roses province of Mendoza. Vera chose the name Giosué because of the movie “La Vita é Bella” directed by and starring Roberto Begnini. Benigni plays Guido Orefice, a Jewish Italian book shop owner, who must employ his fertile imagination to shield his son Giosué from the horrors of internment in a Nazi concentration camp.
Bruno’s family lives in the small town of Puelen Pampa province, the last settlement before “la Ruta del desierto” the route of the desert. A stretch of 130 km without any habitation. We were advised not to cross as we wouldn’t find water or a lone tree to stand under and because temperatures could rise up to 50 degrees Celsius. A little preoccupied we decided to cross very early morning to avoid the many possible calamities.
Goats thrive everywhere says Guillermo that uses a horse and 3 dogs to look after his stock of 600. Neuquén is not ideal for cattle as the rigors of the climate include snow fall in winter and long dry periods in the summer. Asked if the land belongs to him, Guillermo replied “no pero es de todos” No but it belongs to everybody.
A couple waiting to join the horse parade coming from the town of San Rafael to Salto de Las Lajas for the annual Festival del Caballo in the province of Mendoza.
A rider placed his horse in the Bus stop shelter during a drizzle near the town of San Rafael in Mendoza province.
After some heavy rain in the town of Santa Isabel Pampa province.