Thatīs how far and how long.
Iīm in Fortaleza, which is more civilised a place than some. Being Easter weekend has meant slightly rearranged plans, but even so Iīve managed a new back tyre and a major service.
The Metzeler I had fitted in Viedma only lasted 5,000 miles (so donīt bother with Metzeler Saharas), and in addition had a couple of chunks missing which appeared due to delamination of the tread from the carcase; having said that, itīs been severely challenged at times. So yesterday morning I hailed a cab (the rain was of the pressure-washer variety) and asked the driver to take me to bike shops for a new tyre. Excellent chap, made it his mission. So we found Big Motos, who had a decent selection of appropriate tyres. "Go and get the bike and weīll fit it" they said; usually you take the tyre and bike to one of the many tyre repair/fitting establishments.
So I took the taxi back to the hotel, and then followed it back to Big Motos. "Any chance of an oil change?" I asked (again, normally one goes to a specialist establishment, available at most petrol stations). "Sure, no problem". So I was escorted around the corner to get EP90 from the nearest petrol station while the tyre was fitted; and a couple of bright young mechanics did an excellent and careful job of changing all the oils (refilling with Mobilīs best) and the filter. Being a Honda/Yamaha place theyīd never worked on a BMW before and were very interested in everything about it, even having a good peruse of my trusty Haynes manual to find out more about it.
I took the opportunity of fitting new NGK plugs and caps, as well, and the entire bill was around 50 quid. Jolly nice helpful chaps, and the even gave me a company T-shirt.
Motels are funny here - very specialised. All are rather discreet, situated behind high walls and electronic gates, with extremely hidden and secure parking. Many of their names arenīt suitable for a family publication and leave little to the imagination, and the staff boggle a little when I ask for a room for an entire night, especially as Iīm on my own. The beds are electrically operated, which is nice, but Iīm still not sure about the ceiling mirrors. Room service is good, though. One I saw had a sign saying "Now also a hotel".Posted by Cynthia Milton at April 16, 2006 02:05 PM GMT
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