Tour de San Luis: Día Dos
No two cortados are alike.
I Alex Howes Tour Down Under Dream Log, Night #1
II A Chronological Report of Día Dos' Events Until this Report was Filed
- 12:15 PM: We’re at the Havanna Cafe in downtown San Luis just off of Pringle Plaza. Havanna Cafe with two ‘n’s translates in American to a combination Starbucks and See’s Candy. It’s maybe the one place in non-Buenos Aires Argentina that you can get a cortado para llevar, they sell popular Gift Sweets and they are a chain. They also sell about a dozen variations of ham and cheese sandwiches. Sure everything on their breakfast and lunch menu starts with a description alluding to something different, something unique and exciting, but in the end it all comes down to jamon y queso. Cocido, cruda, it’s all ham. This is not unique to Havanna, this is everywhere in Argentina. As far as we can tell there about thirteen or fourteen different variations of Ham And Cheese Units (HACU) readily available around the country.
- 12:57 PM: Cortados—an espresso “cut” with a small amount of steamed/warm milk—come in all shapes and sizes. No two cortados are alike. Even within a single batch, say an order of tres cortados grandes for the table, there is often a great deal of variation in the type and size of glass and/or mug the cortado is served in; as well as milkiness, foam, volume, color, etc. Unlike their North American cousins the mocha and the latte, cortados do not adhere to a strict doctrine of discipline wherein consistency and repeatability are paramount. They are wild and elusive, and sometimes they come with coffee grounds in the bottom of the glass.
- 1:35 PM: In the car on the way to the town of La Punta: “If you think about it, a lot of the time professional cyclists are on some kinda white collar criminal mobile house arrest. They travel around the world often visiting highly desirable top-tier destinations, staying the whole time in nice if not baller hotels, which, for the majority of their time in any one place, they can’t leave. And while they’re not required, physically-speaking, to wear an ankle bracelet, if they did, theirs would beep loudly every time they took more than 36 steps in a row or ate 100 calories too many an hour.”
- 2:45 PM: Everybody, regardless of geographic, cultural, religious, sexual or any other orientation, loves doing a River Charge to a 180 E-brake Slide in a rental car. Everybody.
- 3:35 PM: “Are these towns coming or going?, like, are they in a period of decline and neglect, or is this what revival and renewal looks like in the town of El Durazno?”
- 4:09 PM: In Argentina dogs own themselves. In this, a post-ownership world, they come and go at will. Mostly though they just sleep on stairs, they LOVE stairs.
- 4:11 PM: We had big plans for the Water Feature from earlier today—the one we bossed to the delight of all—as the original route took the riders back through it (in the opposite direction) after Lake Florida. We were so excited!!! about the prospect of photoshooting the Peloton splashing through it that we based most of the second half of our day entirely around the concept. IMAGINE THAT SPLASH!!!!!!, then they changed the course, DEAR RACE ORGANIZERS NOT COOL, we did not agree to this, we did not sign up for this.
- 5:09 PM: Dear Thick Babes, if you feel like you are super under-appreciated where you live, like in America for example, relocate to Argentina immediately. Don’t even bother to pack because all you need down here is a bikini bottom, a pair of jeans, and a handful of tee-shirts—and they sell all that shit here anyway, probs in better colors and styles than what you got. Seriously stop wasting time and bring that badonkadonk down here!
- 5:33 PM: While photoshooting the Peloton racing through a Toll Booth, Emiliano met and befriended a Doctor who owns and operates a motorcycle. The Doctor was curious why Emiliano, a badge wearing and fully credentialed photographer, was not on a moto. Emiliano explained that the process was a little bit involved and tedious, and that we didn’t know a licensed/certified driver. The Doctor explained that he would be happy to do it. Emiliano asked what about registering you and your motorcycle, the Doctor said, “What, what are they going to do or ask or check?” Phone numbers were exchanged, plans were outlined.
- 6:35 PM: Como se dice, “Please no thumbs up?”
- 6:45 PM: On the way up the mountain we pass many men carrying colorful commercial-type coolers on shoulder straps—Ice Cream Sherpas.
- 6:57 PM: At first glance the hey can I have a water bottle gesture is easily misinterpreted as an homage or reference to the Shake Weight.
- 110:47 PM: If you’re in a bad mood or sad or just looking for a pick-me-up, ask Siri to say the name of this street: Chacabuco.
- 11:45 PM: We changed the right rear tire on our rental car in less than eight minutes.
III Today's Letter to the Editor
Hello Guys!, My name is Diego, and I apologize for taking your mailbox with this, but I have no twitter account or facebook, and wanted to send you a greeting. I am a fan of Manual for Speed for a while, and surprise come and see that you are covering the “Tour de San Luis” !!. I live in Buenos Aires, and I hope to be in San Luis for the stages of the weekend, I’m not sure I could do it, due to my work. But if I go, I will search you, to make a selfie with you guys!.
Congratulations on your page, it’s really great. I’m looking forward to your reports. Being from here, if you give any wrong information about Argentina, I will correct you. It’s a joke!.
Congratulations again and have a nice stay in San Luis.
Sorry for my bad English, is a mixture of what I learned in elementary school and Google Translator.
MFS made contact with Diego and it turns out he might be here, in San Luis, this weekend. If he can make it there is talk of a #SeflieSession in a public pool!
IV La Punta / Start
V Pre- and Post-Embalse Florida
VI Mirador del Portrero
VII Bonus: Kommuter Alley-Kat
VIII BONUS: Men at Work Pictorial feat. a Sneak Peek at the Upcoming SHIBORI SPEED Shirt by MFS
IX MFS X ZZK = LIFE IS RHYTHM
ZZK Records is music to move to, it's the future sound of Latin America. Essentially the label was born out of a weekly dance club, so there's always been an element of movement to the music we put out. What better way to get on your bike and ride, get on your feet and walk or run, or put your dancing shoes on and shake, than these daily playlists, straight from Argentina?”- Grant C. Dull, ZZK Records
- 1 Brujjas Deejay Zombie Dance
- 2 Animal Chuki Capicua
- 3 Chancha Via Circuito Bosques Via Temperley
- 4 Super Guachin La Gorra
- 5 Major Lazer Hold The Line (Frikstailers Remix)
- 6 Fauna Guachito Gil
- 7 El Remolon Alza las Manos
- 8 Petrona Martinez El Hueso (King Coya Remix)
- 9 Villa Diamante Sara Hebe vs Deltatron