Woke late – 9:30. We have been staying in the Alaska
Youth hostel about 7 km outside San Carlos de Bariloche, Patagonia. We are quite close to the 40th Parallel – and this area is aptly named the Roaring Forties. Yesterday the wind was very strong – gusting up to about 60 km/h!
The weather is terrible, small clouds and a blue sky
but very cold and a slight wind. Apparently the wind at 10,000ft (our height to cross the Andes) is 40 knots from the west. The weather forecast for tomorrow is good – clear, light wind before midday.
I spent the day inside reading about South America,
planning our next few days flying, sending e-mails and doing washing.
A radio station phoned and interviewed Olivier in
Spanish. His Spanish is getting better by the day – mine is about non-existent.
In the afternoon the briefing officer from the
airport called to say that he had just received a telex from Chile with our flight permits. It's go go go!
In the afternoon some English girls arrived at the
Youth Hostel and it gave me a chance to catch up on my English!
Early to bed after a bottle of wine. I was given the
watch with the alarm … it was set for 6am.