I took the day off in Oruro today in order to get my new rear wheel re-adjusted, and to do some internet work.
Finding the bicycle mechanic was a bit of a mission, but thanks to a helpful map another couple of cyclists made, it was a lot easier than it could have otherwise been! For any other cyclists looking for a bicycle mechanic in Oruro, Bolivia this is the map –
The guy there (think his name was Liam, but when I said my name was David, he said his was Goliath, so I prefer Goliath!) was simply the greatest guy. If I knew a quarter of what he did in terms of being a bicycle mechanic, life would be much easier! We had a chat as he re-adjusted the rear wheel, and when he had finished, he said it was free. Well, i couldn´t let him do it for free, so 10 Bs was his! Great guy, and i would never have found him if it wasn´t for Roland and Belindas map – Thanks guys!
In the afternoon, i got on with some internet work, as I had 10 articles to write for a Freelancer job, and also needed to update my own site. I intend to leave tomorrow, just I am not sure what time as yet, as it is 14.00 in the afternoon, and i have tonnes to do!!
(I also read someone elses website, where they had just crossed into Argentina, and found a sign post saying 5000 km to ushuai. This is quite worrying, as I had intended to reach Ushuai for Christmas…. on the other hand, i haven´t got a flight booked either, but the thought this may take me a month longer than I had planned is a bit concerning. Oh well… Will just have to pedal faster!!)