Yes, a bit stuck as the simple (ish) engine stud helicoil job turned into a "Oooops, take a look at this rocker arm" - broken. So now I am trying to track down a replacement part here in Argentina.
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Meanwhile the cafe and bar culture of Cordoba is very appealing...
Standing at the end of the Pan American Highway, complete with bottle of champagne in hand - many thanks to Carlo from Germany on his BMW R80 G/S, who was very patient about taking the photo in between me chatting to 80 tourists who had clustered around me; we eventually had to ask them to move out of sight for the photo
At last on 2nd February I arrived in Ushuaia - seven months and 18,259 miles after leaving Dead Horse.
It felt fantastic to finally get here- particularly as this is also the end of my fifth and final continent. The triumphant entry to the city was somewhat tempered by the fact that when I stopped at the first supermarket I saw to purchase the obligatory champagne, Thelma then refused to start and I had to be bump-started out of the carpark! Somehow a bit more fitting and apt as a reflection on my long, long journey.
I went to the infamous Rio Pipo campsite and sure enough there was another biker there- Carlo (Germany on his R80G/S), we had lst seen each other a couple of weeks earlier on Ruta Cuarenta, he helped me to celebrate.
Yes, an important thing to note (depending on your priorities) is that if you are considering doing this bike ride, I would recommend starting in Dead Hosre and heading south as Dead Horse is a dry community - yes thatīs right, NOT a drop of alcohol to celebrate this fantastic journey. Whereas down here there were 10 different champagnes to choose from in the supermarket as well as the inumerable other wines etc.
Somehow I have managed to spend a whole week in Ushuaia but am now hitting the road again - northwards up the East Coast while I decide what to do and where to go next.
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