quito, ecuador... and good people to know (and more about beer in ecuador)
riding the KLR from LA to ushuaia, bound to have a mishap or two on such a long road. luckily, one of my worst was in quito
i lost the cap on the end of the swingarm of my KLR that is an integral part of controlling the chain tension. my chain was thrown off, and the cap was nowhere to be found... think they sell those here??!! me neither.
luckily, i had met albert at his bar, the turtles head, in quito a few nights before. i went to speak w- him about the bike and he drove out to look at it with me
albert immediately put me in touch w- a friend of his, hector, who works at albert's other bar. hector is a fine machinist and, in one day's time, produced an exact replica of the piece i had lost (by using the one from the opposite side of the swingarm as a pattern)
now, seriously, it would have taken 4 weeks to order that part because it's something a kawa dealer in the states doesnt even keep on their shelves, but thanks to albert and hector, i had the part in 48 hrs!
you meet nice people along the way, sometimes at the most opportune times. dont go through ecuador w-o visiting albert at the turtle's head, and dont leave the turtle's head w-o trying (several) tortuga ales and the potato skins w- loads of bacon! both were staples of my diet in quito
thanks albert! and give my thanks to hector, too!