Rain,gravel,cold and problems with BMWs
Jan 05, 2010
Feb 19, 2010
. Additionally two BMWs developed some more or less urgent and threatening problems. Rogal’s 800 GS started leaking oil from one of the fork tubes. Apparently dirt got under the seal and made it untight. Rogal reduced the leaking by cleaning it with his magic sock, but the oil is still leaking – just a bit slower now. Vlad’s Dakar continues to have problems with the electircs. It sometimes stalls and doesn’t want to start. Vlad will need to look at all the wiring in the oncoming days. It can be some earthing problem. He can use my cheap Chinese multimeter which I bought in Poland for an equivalent of something like 3 pounds. Tonight we will be sleeping on a campsite with small roof-covered verandas. Me and Rogal are going to sleep on the tables in there. The other guys are pitching their tents. The tents will have to substitute the lack of sufficient amount of alcohol in their veins. It’s around 8 degrees Celcius now and it’s probably going to get colder later in the night. Talk to you tomorrow, I’m going to hibernate a bit now.
First of all I would like to contradict the rumour that me and Rogal were being picked up by two gay blokes in one of the hostels in Punta Arenas. They were only helping us because we looked so tired, I mean sexy ;) However, all that matters is that they found us a very nice hostel where we stayed overnight. In the morning, after a pretty good breakfast me and Rogal kept looking for oil, tyre levers, inner tubes and tyres in the area. After a long search I managed to get myself a new rear inner tube and 3 litres of engine oil. I hope it will suffice my zebra's appetite till the end of the journey. The road to Torres del Paine, a national park with lakes, waterfalls, glaciers and snowy, rocky mountains was very wet and cold and 50% gravel. Occasionally we had a bit of sunshine as shown on the photos but mostly we had rain and 8 to 10 degrees Celcius. I hoped I would be able to spend real summer here but unfortunately nowadays the weather resembles the one in England in the middle of October