Because we couldn’t make it in to Tuluka for the skill session last night, we decided to squeeze it in this morning before packing things up and moving on to Rosario. Again, I can’t say enough about the hospitality of the coaches and members at this gym. They very graciously partitioned off a section of the gym for the 20 of us to work on a variety of skills including muscle ups, handstands, and Olympic technique. Depending on where each individual’s weaknesses lay, all were working on different progressions. And with great success! Kelly got her first unassisted handstand, Sebastian and Ryan their first muscle ups, and Des learned how to clean for the first time. The idea behind the session was to give everyone an opportunity to practice movements without intensity in order to learn. Nothing super heavy, no large sets. Just training the brain to accept new commands and perfect them.
After a quick lunch back at the hotel, we said our goodbyes to Palermo and Buenos Aires and walked outside to where the bus was parked. And then it happened…the moment of surprise and excitement that Sven and I had been hoping for. This was no ordinary bus. Awaiting us was the Royal Suites, a 26 seat, double decked lazy-boy on wheels. Each seat reclines fully to flat and comes equipped with a tv monitor, headphones, and a list of movies, shows, and music options. Everyone also has double sided curtains if they want to shut out the outside world. It’s literally the nicest bus I’ve ever been on, and now it’s going to be our primary home for the next 5 days and nearly 1900 kilometers as we make our way across the continent.