Feliz ano nueve etc etc. All is fun here. Arrived last night in
Vina del Mar, Chile after a detour via Buenos Aires to put T-F-L
in a box to send it back to Yurop. The whole process was easy as
you like really and quite affordable. The sun is shining, everybody
gives receipts for everything and the women are less pretty, but
still not all require a bag over their head.
am off to the beach to top up the bronzed god-like tan.....
one, people. Today at about 3.45pm Brighty arrived at Lapataia at
the end of Argentina's Ruta 3. This little landmark is also known
as 'Fin del Mundo'. You can't drive any further south. I am closer
to the South Pole than to Peru. It's cold and windy, but I'm happy
to be able to revisit the place I struggled to on 24th March 2001.
time, it was a toil on Goaty. This time it was great fun: On a light,
responsive, unmoody, attitudinally unchallenged, nameless, shagged-out
1998 Kawasaki KLR650. Despite the hard life this Jap bike had before
I got on it in Vina del Mar 2 weeks ago AND the abuse of me riding
it hard and fast (they don't call me 'Hard and Fast Perito Bright'
for nothing, in fact they don't call me H&F P B at all :-))
all the way down the crappie caminos that are the Careterra Austral
and Ruta 40, it never once let me down...
exhaust is real loud (baffles in the silencer are expiring), the
front left fork seal leaks like a sieve, the front wheel rim is
a little buckled and in 2700 miles I have topped it up with a gallon
of engine oil, but it just keeps on going..... Every night after
riding, I clean the chain with WD40 and lube it with 90-grade trannie
oil and check the fork oil level. In the morning, I check the engine
oil level (and top it up), monitor the tyre pressure, hit the starter
and, without fail, it roars into life........ and then..... I ride
far, ride fast and enjoy riding.
only way now is north.
I arrive in JFK NY
NY on the morning of 21st Feb and will kiss British soil (or more
like the arrivals lounge carpet at Heathrow) at about 9pm on 25th
you, hear from you, touch you, whenever,
is, you are, I am,
Perito Bright and Norman
The FIRST tripled-balled slaphead to drive with a Malawian Togolosh
to the end of the World on 2 different bikes twice within 12 months.