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MEXICO: Dont let a little rain get you down

Written on: Saturday June 27th, 2009

...Writing below saved from about a week ago...

then the story continues youtube-ishly

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The first back day on the road started early, packed up and ready to go I splipped it into first and rolled out of surftown at 6am. I made a good start but El salvador was determined to send me off with a little rain. The border crossing to Guatemala looked like one of those crossing where the weather changes with the country but I was wrong, way wrong. Guatemala knew that I was just passing through and wanted to punish me, with hours of constant rain.
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Was the growing hole in my waterproof trouser actually feeding on the rain? Was the rain ever going to stop? I reached the Mexican border at about 5.30, determined to persevere the last three hours to San Cristobal, my intended destination. Migration stamped my passport and told me where customs was, but they had closed at 5. That evening I stayed at the overpriced hotel of the border village, at least I was out of the rain.
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The next morning I decided I should change my rear brake pads, I had been without rear brakes for the last four hours of yesterday. While I was changing them I caused some brake fluid to leak out. ... Just the previous day I had the thoughts that I had never ever, in this entire trip had to change, top up or even consider brake fluid, had the brake calipers heard my thoughts?
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If not the brake calipers at least the universe was mocking me. With new pads my brakes still didnt work. The problem, lost fluid I guessed, so off I went to buy brake fluid for the very first time. "Is there only one kind?" I asked the guy in the garage. I knew the answer would be yes, regardless. I removed all the baggage, seat, faring and topped up the reseviour. Still not working! On I went, relying on trusty Mr. Front Brake and his helpful aide gear braking.
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The rain was light and a few hours later I was in the colonial town of San Cristobal de las Casas contemplating going to a mechanic. First things first get the BMW manual out, take all the exterior parts off my wet dirty bike, Look closely at the possible source of the problem and decide, 1. This is gonna be way too messy!, 2. Im gonna break this more by trying to fix it, or 3. Decide I dont know where to start. Ultimately they all mean Im feeling lazy. Or tired, or wet and tired and lazy
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The next day after a quick look at the always helpful ´F650 Chaingang´ site I changed the brake fluid for the first time on the trip. I guess it´s kind of ridiculous but "If its not broke dont fix it" has become a trip mantra. Anyway I had rear brakes again.
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blah blah blah ...cut to video [WARNING : longest videos ever]
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YOUTUBE : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mK7rSY-xF48
YOUTUBE : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L9Jj5w-aFRU
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After a long delay with a broken arm I got on the road determined to make up some serious ground but after just a week things were destined as usual not to turn out the way I had planned. I struggled hard to keep going in spite of the problems but eventually I had to yield to the fact that it was out of my control and I had to wait for parts.
..Im not the sort of guy to just sit around, so Im off to Copper canyon via train and Ill return to meet the parts and fix the bike... ADIOS AMIGOS

 

From Linden on Jul 1st, 2009

Parts left lunchtime today

From Linden on Jul 2nd, 2009

OK .. if the corn is 30 cent, what is the $5 for..

From Ste on Jul 2nd, 2009

Ha..ha.. Thems is pesos, thems is!