Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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through the desert to Colome #5

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#3 Nasty puncture and no way of changing the wheel...

Caine says:

Stunning pics. Sorry about that nasty puncture. I really like the 2nd and 5th shots.

4th May 2007, 02:40

Dhamaka says:

thanks Caine,

It wasn't our nasty puncture. Some Portenos (people from Buenos Aires) had hired a 4WD and got it. There was no jack for the wheel so everyone stopped to try to help. We were all going to the same place and when it transpired that the family would have a very long wait I offered to take the woman and kids, to save them from the desert sun. They declined.

4th May 2007, 02:54

Sprocket says:

welcome to Dhamaka's naughty cacti blog . . .

4th May 2007, 05:56

anonymous says:

love the cacti shots..2 and 4 are gorgeous....
cactus spine ust be sharp enough to puncture tyres...I hadn't considered that part of your cycle trip....

4th May 2007, 06:12

I trust your new Nikon D80 is treating you well? I am shortly going to buy one so I hope its a worthy purchase!

4th May 2007, 09:15

540air says:

Stunning shots D, the second one is my favourite :)

4th May 2007, 10:10

beth says:

Oh dear! hope they sorted out their wheel ok.

it looks so hot there!

4th May 2007, 10:48

Viv says:

good the way everyone helps

the cacti are great

4th May 2007, 11:07

Dhamaka says:

Sprocket - I was waiting for someone to say that

Anon - cactus spines aren't the biggest problem. There are three-pronged thorns the shape of caltraps on the roads throughout most of the country

Jetblack - I'm still learning how to use it but it's brilliant

540 - thanks

Beth - they got to Colome about 5 hours after me. That's because they had to wait for someone to go to the nearest garage and borrow a car jack before they could change the wheel! It's not that hot but the sun is evil and its so terribly, terribly dry

Viv - the Argentine people are wonderful. Helpful, generous, open. It would be inconceivable not to help, especially in as inhospitable place as this

4th May 2007, 12:43

Dhamaka says:

Thanks for the highlight!

4th May 2007, 12:48

MaggieD says:

Really loving this desert series, will come back for a proper look later :)

4th May 2007, 12:50

Dhamaka says:

thank you :)

4th May 2007, 16:51

JokerXL says:

So spectacular D, so very different from "round 'ere"

5th May 2007, 12:56

Dhamaka says:

thank you Boet and Joker
It took me a while to work out why the sky looked so familiar and so strange at the same time. I've worked out that it's because it looks like the surface of calm water from underneath (first and last shots).

5th May 2007, 13:56