I already like Chile. Itīs a sort of Spain with attitude. Smoking is compulsory, and a bottle of very decent Cabernet Sauvignon can cost as much as, ooh, thirty bob.
I think Iīm now GMT -4 hours. The confusion has occurred because when telling us local time on landing yesterday lunchtime they omitted to mention that the clocks went back last night, so I was an hour early for breakfast this morning.
The Andes are rather spectacular, even from here, and Iīm really looking forward to riding around on them. Itīs still T-shirt weather here, but itīll cool down as I go south and upwards into the mountains.
So, itīs the fourth continent and the 19th country. Iīve ridden around 17,000 miles and actually travelled around 32,500 miles if you include the sea and air interludes.
The next challenge is bike retrieval and reassembly. Iīve yet to establish whether the bike really is here - canīt do that till tomorrow morning. But I think Iīve managed to arrange a battery from the BMW dealer, who claims to have four of them in stock. Very helpful people, and the general managerīs PA speaks excellent English. The bike person didnīt, so I showed him a pic of the bike, and a pic of the bike crated in Sydney, then drew a pic of a battery, and he understood immediately what I was on about. Just like the Cambodian lady at the little chef on the way to Phnom Penh - I pointed at two eggs, mimed whisking them, then mimed frying with appropriate sound effects. Five minutes later I was served an excellent omelette. Anyway, itīs another use for a digital camera.Posted by Cynthia Milton at March 13, 2005 09:15 PM GMT
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