Quick update – the “Penguin” spit out his old and worn chain

Yesterday (Saturday) we made good headwind to get off Tierra del Fuego (update about the end of the world with loads of images in a few days). But just 20km after passing Rio Grande the chain decided that it had it and “El Pinguino” (the nick name for our steardy Yamaha Tenere) spit it out like a rotten fish. Now the problem is that the crank set took a beating in the process and needs replacement as well. For people who don't speak motorbike – one should exchange the chain and crankset every 10.000 miles or so and I think we took the few extra miles out of it to the very last yards. So that the chain went is not the end of the world – though it happened at the end of the world. Luckily Gaby was still with us and managed to find the most friendly and superb bike mechanic on this island! We waited for maybe an hour at the side of the road until Facundo pulled up with his pick up truck. The Penguin was quickly loaded on the back and in no time we reached his workshop. Next to coffee we were invited to share “Mate” with them. Now mate is not a marhriuana pipe (even though it looks a bit like that) but a green tea that everybody in this part of the world is drinking all day long – and it is tasty!!!! It took some effort to get the crank set of but in the end all came undone that needed to get undone and now we just need to get the spare parts on Monday and we are good to go again. Once again – if you are traveling with a motorbike in this part of the world and you get into any mecahnical problems – talk to Facundo at Albatros Service – he is great!

Now stay tuned for the next update about Tierra del Fuego – the end of the world. I will reveal if the earth is actually flat or if it is round...

 inside Facundo's workshop

inside Facundo's workshop