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Feb 4, 2012:

No Longer Hangin'

There are benefits of being in a city -- like access to a variety of foods! We've been in Punta Arenas for 4 days and have rummaged through 2 of the 3 Unimarc supermarkets the way we did with Carrefour in Ushuaia. Some travel to see temples, monuments, etc... others to check out supermarkets! To each his or her own.

On a routine maintenance check, we did discover a "situation" that may strand us here. Tomorrow is Sunday and so the bike shops are closed; therefore, we'll find out on Monday what the situation will be. The rear derailleur hanger is no longer hangin'. We need a new one in order to use the gears.


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Slime, one of our sponsors, is sold here at the Unimarc.

At a local bakery, these bread discs are sold super cheap. A bag of 10 costs about a buck. They're plain, but they're yummy. Every 10 minutes or so, a tray of them are dropped through a slot just above this pile.

At the other Unimarc, there's more Slime.

What is the artist saying about Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and the United States?

This is Hospedaje Independencia. It's cheap to pitch a tent ($10/night for 2 people). It's actually a house that has been converted to a Bed & Breakfast. Yard? Bed & Lawn.

Our bike and our bed and lawn.

Interesting note about our trailer. The rugged roads through frontier land knocked out a pin that keeps the trailer on the rear wheel skewer.

With the left pin gone, we improvised by using a spare spoke, which fit through the holes and was fastened by its own nipple. This keeps the trailer locked on the skewer. And the rest of the spoke we wound around the frame.

But here's where the main problem is. The bike is upside-down and the arrow is pointing to the rear derailleur hanger.

Yeah, it's broken. And the other side is the same. This piece keeps the rear derailleur attached to the frame. How did it break? Not sure: (1) when we shipped the bike, we couldn't keep the rear wheel skewer on because it was too wide and so the rear wheel was loose and the derailleur could have been banged around; (2) given the weight and balance of the bike, and the massive wind through frontier land, the bike did fall over a couple of times and so perhaps banged the derailleur; and (3) it just wanted to snap to make our journey more adventurous.

We'll see what we can do on Monday with the bike shops here in town and keep you posted.



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