22 November – Day 115
Well, we had the very sad task this morning of sorting through our goods and chattels to determine what we no longer needed and could therefore send with the bike on a truck to Buenos Aires later today. The news from the mechanic wasn’t good… basically, when the thieves cut Beamsky’s wires they also shorted the bike’s computer. The bike won’t work without a new computer, and there’s just no quick fix or band aid solution to get around it and get us down to Ushuaia. The computer – basically the bike’s heart and brain – is a very specialised part which has to be ordered from Germany… and it takes 45 days to get to Buenos Aires.
So – the bike part of the trip is now officially, definitely over.
We need to be in BA when the bike arrives so we can liaise with the BMW shop there as well as our insurance company to work out the best way forward in terms of repairs etc… however because it’s a long weekend in Argentina, the bike won’t get to BA (1600kms away) until Tuesday. We’re looking at our options – either fly to BA or hire a car here and make a road trip of it… albeit one where Kevlar jeans and leather gloves are not required!
We then need to fly down to Ushuaia from BA to make the start of our Antarctica cruise! Yup, we’re going to Antarctica for 11 days on the “Sea Explorer”. We can’t wait… and it’s definitely been nice to have something to look forward to after the hassles of the last few days. It means that the trip will end nicely, which is good!
With everything that’s happened with the bike, and the fact that we now don’t need time after the cruise to ride the bike back up to Buenos Aires but will have to fly instead, I have been trying to bring our flights forward to so we can be home for Christmas. No luck, unfortunately – the best Qantas could offer was a change fee of $1500 each!!! Which is just too much. So… if anyone knows of someone in the ‘special considerations’ section at Qantas who would be willing and able to move us to an earlier flight, please let me know!!!
Thanks to everyone for your good vibes… we really appreciate it. Although we’re both obviously very disappointed, it only takes a quick scan of the newspaper to remind us that we’re actually doing pretty well; that we’re lucky enough to be healthy, to be travelling and to have the means to get home.