Uruguaiana, Brazil (a.m.) / Capitan Miranda, Paraguay (p.m.)
Date: Lodging: Distance: Total:
17/08/2001 Tirol De Paraguay 395 KM 203762 KM

A young entrepreneur cleans the windows on our car hoping, perhaps assuming, we'll reward him with money. We've seen males do this sort of unsolicited work throughout the world.

Yesterday the temperature soared (about 28 C or 82 F) as we entered Uruguaiana, but today dark clouds and rain cooled things (about 17 C or 64 F) – more normal for the winter at this time of year.

One of many altars inside Paroquia Cathedral

Adornment inside Paroquia Cathedral

Impressive Paroquia Cathedral, which is another example of how rich this part of the world was just a century ago.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarves are just one of several Germanic influences in the immaculate city square.

Mauro and Flavia Reichembach befriended us in Uruguaiana by offering their garage for safe parking and recommending a superb restaurant, Casa Italia.

Jim with Mauro Reichembach, who has performed over 50 cornea implants at his Clinica de Olhos Reichembach (in the background)

17 August 2001 – Four border crossings today – out of Brazil and into Argentina, out of Argentina and into Paraguay. No problem departing Brazil, but almost two hours getting into Argentina, even though we've entered and departed, and have documents proving this, several times in the last six weeks. A couple of self-important officers, with an audience of colleagues, searched both our cars, crawling underneath to poke and prod thin pieces of pipe in search of smuggled goods or drugs. One even crawled on top of the GWagon to stick a slight piece of metal pipe into the 20-liter jerry cans feeling for hidden narcotics at the bottom! I guess the inconspicuous yellow Mercedes sensation and massive GWagon covered in 101-country stickers appear to be smuggling machines. After this ridiculous search, which allowed perhaps 50 other cars to cruise through without inspection, we faced no delays in the afternoon leaving Argentina or entering Paraguay.

  Tirol de Paraguay (Jim)
  Trinidad (Jim)