“Travel is nothing without coming home and telling stories. You know the stories, the kind that are horrible at the time, but hilarious when you look back on them. We managed to gather a few on this voyage to South America, but like they say, whatever doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger. Although, I think the stress nearly killed our good friend and guide Diego Casal, or at the very least, decreased his life span significantly. I should say now, the only reason we came out alive is because of him. He took on the near impossible task of being our tour guide for a month. I don’t think even he knew how hard it was going to be. Nevertheless Diego was driver, translator, historian and counsellor for us, and he did a damn good job.
Like every good tour, it came together on a whim. Self-proclaimed King of Welly Fred Shallcrass came to me with the idea of heading to the meat-eating capital of the world. So we gathered a posse. There was no way Dave Read was going to miss out on this trip, even with a three-month-old girl at home. Harry Culy signed on, along with Josh Gemmell and we managed to get Adam Wharekawa on board two days out from departure. We had no plans; the only thing we knew was that our plane was arriving in Buenos Aires and Diego might be there. Off we went, and we were digesting bovines in no time.” Jake Mein. An excerpt from the article Barbecues and Breakdowns from Manual Magazine issue 45, March 2012.
Arge Barge is a compilation of Super 8 and HD footage shot while on a month long tour through Argentina and Brazil during October and November 2011.
Super 8 footage by Harry Culy and HD footage by Josh Gemmel, Jake Mein and David Read. Graphics and edit by Fred Shallcrass.
Featuring: Diego Casal, Josh Gemmell, Harry Culy, Fred Shallcrass, Horacio Agustin Cardama, Ladas Amarilla, Ian Preut and Murilo Peres.