ProMoto Motorbike Service Centre

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
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Trip End Jun 23, 2010


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Hostal Del La Mar

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

20.1.10

During the day, Miguel kept us posted on the progress of the bikes. They were supposed to be serviced and have 2 new tyres each by 6pm this day. In his usual helpful style, Miguel came to pick us up at 5:30pm, drove us to the ProMoto Service Centre, and escorted us back to the Bidasoa Hotel with the bikes, all beautifully cleaned, polished and serviced, and with the new treads. Miguel stayed to have a drink with us and showed us some places to go, on Google Earth on his computer. He also showed us photos of his lovely children, Fran, Andres and Vicente.

It was a sad moment when we had to say goodbye to Miguel, but with a little bit of luck, he will come to visit us in Australia.

21.1.10

By 7:15am, we were packed, on our bikes and riding down the Hotel driveway. A quick short cut the wrong way down the street, (it was early, so not much traffic, it was easy to do) and we were on our way, paying particular attention to the route Miguel told us to take. As we got higher, looking back in my rear vision mirror, I could see all of Santiago in the valley, nestled between the mountains, with the morning mist casting a veil around the tops of the mountains. It was beautiful.

We were looking forward to catching up with Lou and Lynn again at La Serena, but as luck would have it, we four all fueled up at the same service station, Lou and Lynn were there slightly ahead of us. We rode into La Serena together. Lou had programmed Hostal Del Mar Cabins into his Zumo, and it lead us straight to them. Luckily, someone else had not paid their deposit for a cabin, so we were able to take the 2 cabins available.

There was a little patio in the back of the cabins, so over coffee we chatted excitedly about our adventures apart for the past seven days. Lou had also serviced his and Lynn's bikes, and bought himself a new camera.

We had dinner on the beach in a restaurant which was crowded with memorabilia of bygone eras, mainly records, and music paraphernalia. The food wasn’t crash hot, but the children playing on the Esplanade were entertaining. Lou ventured in for a swim.

Des and I travelled 478 km this day.
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shirleyg
shirleyg on

Hi Jenny, I think I might have caught you online! I don't send emails anymore because they are returned. Once, 38 times! I love the coincidental way you bump into Lou and Lynn.

Santiago sounds lovely. Why can't Australia keep its cities clean any more I wonder?

Keep travelling well.

Bye ... L ... Sh

Miguel on

Hi Des and Jenny,
It seems that you are doing well on the route. At the time you will read this post you will have noticed that Landscape have changed and so will do km. after km. Remember that until now you are on our "Little North" . From Chañaral on you will enter our so called "Big North" (desert).
Remember: try to visit San Pedro and surroundings and also Humberstone, the Ghosttown near Iquique. Avoid staying in Alto Hospicio, the town I told you was not good to be near Iuique
Good luck.

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