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La Paz hostel threw out my riding pants!!!!

Hi Guys and Gals
I am 36,000 km into my trip from Alaska to Argentina on my old Honda 90.
Yesterday the hostel threw out my Heingerike riding pants. I'm furious to say the least. Long story.

Anyone know where I can get decent gear in La Paz Bolivia. Its very difficult to find stuff here.

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I can't help but will respond with an anecdote, and maybe a warning.

I've been a victim of something similar, and reading Sean's story, maybe a general warning will be useful.
If you find yourself in a place where the staff are charged with cleaning and generally keeping the place neat and ship-shape, remember that your much-loved and comfortable riding gear may look like a pile of old rags to someone not familiar with 2 wheels.

Sean says "it's another story" how this happened, but maybe it was like this:
Like an idiot I had lent my favourite pair of gloves to my son-in-law who needed them temporarily.
They were wonderful ex-Swiss army, of unknown age, slightly loose-fitting, the best quality brown leather imagineable. Summer-weight, unlined, and absolutely 101% waterproof. Through, I think, years of proper Swiss-army care with leather dressing, followed by impregnation with various lubricating oils in the 20 years that I had owned them. I'd had to sew a seam up now and again, that's all.
I don't know what 1940s London tram-drivers' gloves were like, but a friend used to say that these were just the same.

Well, my son-in-law put them down somewhere in the college where he was a teacher, on the Sussex coast. And they did look pretty old and well-used.
Later they'd gone. To his credit he put a lot of effort into trying to find them, and eventually found that a cleaner thought they were rubbish, threw them out, and by then they were on their way to the landfill!

A lesson learnt! (And never ever lend your bestest favourite stuff!)
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Hi Guys and Gals
I am 36,000 km into my trip from Alaska to Argentina on my old Honda 90.
Yesterday the hostel threw out my Heingerike riding pants. I'm furious to say the least. Long story.

Anyone know where I can get decent gear in La Paz Bolivia. Its very difficult to find stuff here.

Thanks
Sean

www.hondavstheworld.com
I'm not shure but I think there is aBMWdealer in La Paz. you can give it a try?
good luck!
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You rule!

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Hi Guys and Gals
I am 36,000 km into my trip from Alaska to Argentina on my old Honda 90.
Yesterday the hostel threw out my Heingerike riding pants. I'm furious to say the least. Long story.

Anyone know where I can get decent gear in La Paz Bolivia. Its very difficult to find stuff here.

Thanks
Sean

www.hondavstheworld.com
Just saw you are on a Honda 90! Cool!!!!! I am here in Nicaragua on a CRF 250 and I thought I was special!!! Did you see my YB 125 at the Estrellita in Cusco? (Maybe you did not stay there.) I am on my way to pick it up.
Anyway, best of luck. Sorry I have no info for the pants.
PS I will go through your blog to find how you crossed from Panama but if you have any advice. I am a listener.
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Those must've been some STINKY riding duds, Sean! Good luck finding some new pants.

Thanks for sharing this unfortunate but kinda funny story.
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