Wednesday, January 15

Hot 'round here

Creeping up on 40c/100f, temps and tensions were high as our bikes
were further delayed and Mike worked hard to push the beautiful Sir
Extra Large through customs. Amazingly, we now have a stunning '86
Honda XL600 residing with us; and I thought the Argentine women were
pretty! All this thanks to the astounding help of Sandra (and Javier)
here at Dakar Motos.

It felt good to take a breather after the challenging days we had,
have a few beers, and then mow down some tall grass for our heroes,
Sandra y Javier. Afterward, Sean whipped up a mad decent dinner! We
were filled to the brim and all for $140, precisely what we'd just
payed for three big 1 liter beers at the bar.

Tuesday, January 14

Ask Sean

Why is he so excited? Wild times to procure 5 meters of chain at the
old chain and cable store. Let the stories begin! Non stop action here
in Buenos Aires even though our bikes have sadly been delayed... a

Street Art, BBQ, Street Art, BBQ, Street Art, BBQ.

Street Art, BBQ, Street Art, BBQ, Street Art, BBQ.

So many missed photos. From the gnarly street sandwiches to phenomenal
street art on every single block.

Unimaginably huge, we taxi'd 50 miles from the city center and around
the bend of the river delta (which was impossible to see across) was
the city extending over 100 more miles, skyscrapers and all.

People are friendly and they speak slow, clear, enunciated Spanish.
What an outstanding opportunity to learn! Josh is a fabulous teacher
and with his patience, we've all seen our speaking ability increase
tenfold. From nearly nunca, it has felt so good to be able to
communicate even just a bit.

No joke, this city can be summed up in two words: street art and BBQ.
Though that may be four words for a town with 25 hours per day, it
makes perfect sense in Buenos Aires.

No bikes yet.

We found out Monday that our bikes did not leave Houston yet, like our shipper told us they would. Still in the US as of now. The shipper will be giving us an update today regarding when they will ship out. Really hope it's soon. Like today soon. Our time at the hostel is up, so this morning we are packing up our bags and heading to Dakar Motos here in Buenos Aires, who has overseen shipping of mikes bike (arrived yesterday) from the UK and will be handling the receiving/customs portion of our shipping from the States. It sounds like Dakar Motos will allow us to tent out back until our bikes get here. Praying that means only one more night.
Monday was a productive day, as I finally got a local SIM card that will work with web in my iPhone. So communication and mapping is now much more possible and we aren't needing to solely really on wifi to figure anything out. That's the good news I guess.

Sunday, January 12

Getting our learn on.

Having a super valuable experience right now at our hostel in Buenos Aires with some travelers. Great route planing. Jack is the long haired Australian who just spent months hiking Patagonia and is showing us pics and giving us all the secret hot spots, and the other one is Josh, an American who is renting a motorcycle in Chile and will be riding a portion of the same route as us, just at a different time. Amazing people and brilliant advice. Now we are just crossing our fingers and hoping that there are no customs problems with the motorcycles and they arrive in country Monday night for pickup Tuesday. Fingers crossed.