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Broken down in Esquel, Pategonia

Posted by on November 7, 2012

I think we have a pretty slow Angel looking after us. Bikers believe that they have a guardian Angel, and so long as they don’t ride any faster than the Angel can fly, they will be fine. It’s a good theory, but makes me wonder if our Guardian Angel is missing a wing, and has lost a shoe. Either way, I think we got away from them.

We have damaged a wheel bearing, which in turn lets the wheel wobble a bit on the end of the axle. This then damages the oil seal, and then oil comes out, making the bearing run with a lack of oil and gets damaged even more. I think you can see where this is going. We got a new set of bearings here in Argentina from a company in Buenos Aires, and that was great news for us, we thought we would have been all ready to make repairs, but when we went to do the job and opened up the hub on the Unimog, we discovered that the drive gear was also damaged.

So, we have a complete hub with good gears and bearings on its way to us, but we will be sitting tight for another week or so till that gets to us.

We’ve spent the last 10 months moving every week, so sitting in the one place for a few weeks is pretty strange to us. Even when we are on the ocean we were moving. Now, the people in the bread shop know us to see and we now get a smile and a nod. Very strange!

This all leads up to the fact that we don’t really have a new story to tell this week. We’ve gone back over the photos we’ve taken in South America so far, and picked out a selection of trucks we’ve spotted on the road. We think one of these has swiped our Guardian Angel, and we’re trying to get them back. Keep an eye for them won’t you?


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