The past Saturday was very hot and, of course, the back sleeping room at Dakar Motos has no air conditioning. I was uncomfortable, a sentiment shared by my two Brit companions, Pete Standford and Steve Holmes. I mentioned these interesting men in my previous posting. They are awaiting clearance of two vintage Nortons that they are going to ride over the same trail that was ridden nearly 55 years ago by Che Guevaro. This is a courageous undertaking on such vintage bikes. Steve confessed to me that he has only ridden his once, at that was less than two miles. I recently described Steve as "slightly deranged". Now I am convinced of the accuracy of that statement.
Sometime during the week we were joined at Dakar Motos by Don and Sgt. Marty, two retired cops from Aurora, CO. Great guys riding KLR 650s. Their ride has been eventful and challenging but they are now relaxing in an apartment in Centro Buenos Aires, being joined by their wives for a few days. Marty´s bike has a seized engine and they are reviewing their options for repairs.
Sunday was a good and interesting day. We met an interesting guy here last week. Fabriizio Tapia Micucci, a senior executive with Turner Broadcasting (CNN). Fabriizio is on assignment here in Buenos Aires at TBS' Latin American headquarters. An avid adventure rider, Fabriizio was born in Nicaragua, raised in Chile and educated in Switzerland. His family is now at their U.S. home in Marietta, Ga. Yesterday, he picked Steve, Pete and me up early, took us for breakfast on the Rio de la Plata, then gave us a tour of the city. A welcome respite from the back room where we are currently residing.
Pete and Steve have waited a week for customs to release their bikes but a few minutes ago they arrived here at Dakar Motos with their Nortons. Early Tuesday morning they will be off on their adventure. While I am happy for them, I will miss there company and wit. They are truly unique individuals.
As for me and the Goose, I am unsure. Javier began dismantling the bike this afternoon and seems to be making great progress. I think he may have identified the problem but Javier is a bit brusque and will communicate with me his own terms. I am hopeful he will have the needed parts. If parts have to be ordered from Germany, it could take weeks for delivery.
If I can get the Goose fully repaired this week, I plan to ride north through Brazil to Belem, float down the Amazon on a river boat to Maunus and then ride north through the jungle to Venezuela. I am uncertain, but this is about 6000 miles. If it turns out the Goose is not up to the challenge, then I must make alternate plans. Time will tell!