Puerto Natales, Chile - 12/23
Having given up on the world ending, we left Ushuaia yesterday and headed north. Last night we were in Cerro Sombrero at the only place to stay for many miles. Not the greatest place to stay but they made up for it by charging high prices. We stayed there because it is where the pavement starts and only about 25 miles from the ferry that goes north from Terra del Fuego to the mainland. Tonight we are in Puerto Natales where we will catch another ferry tomorrow evening for a three day trip up north to Puerto Montt.
For the most part our bikes have been running very well and outside of the fork seals failing back in Peru we have only had little nuisance problems with systems that we installed. We have a new problem now that we are going to have to get taken care of before we can ride to Buenos Aires, Argentina. We noticed that our chains have need a lot of adjusting and last evening Joe found that his is adjusted as far as it will go. What seems to have happened is the seals probably gave out from all the mud and grit that has been thrown on them and we’ve got metal to metal wear inside the links.
We found a local motorcycle mechanic here in Puerto Natales and he gives Joe’s bike less than 1,000 kilometers before the chain fails. Mine is a little better but I don’t want to push it either because we have a lot of miles to do and a schedule to make for Buenos Aires. The mechanic says to come see him tomorrow and he will call a place where we can get the work done in Osorno at Motoaventura http://MotoAventura.cl
. They are a BMW dealer as well as moto rental place and stock chain and sprocket kits for KTMs. Hopefully everything will fall into place and Christmas eve and Christmas will not slow things down too much. One of the problems we have here is we need 525 chains and all they have are 520’s. Some other problems are small towns, no internet listings for mechanics or parts and some shortcomings in our mastering of Spanish.
Only a 30 minute crossing and so calm we didn't even have to tie the bikes down.