Published: March 13th 2008March 13th 2008
What Happened ?
One minute I'm riding along and then this???
Well are we having a bloody adventure or what, it is 11.00 pm all the others have gone to bed and I can hardly keep my eyes open, so I hope this is'int to disjointed, you will have got an idea of what we have been through if you read Charlies comments. We have arrived in San Antonio de Los cobres, well most of us are here. Alec took a tumble yesterday, as far away from civilization as you can get. He was in quite a bit of pain as he brock his colar bone and cracked two rear ribs, now we all know howthat hurts.
Earlier in the day Tom threw his Suzuki over a bank, but was lucky as there was a lot of scrub to stop him cararing down a 100 ft bank, we tied a rope onto his moto and pulled it out with the truck, he hurt his thumb a bit but was OK.
The road has been destroyed buy rushing water coming down from the mountains, leaving bloody great bolder to negoitiate.
Earlier in the day we had major trouble to get the truck over a rock slide. Lance (and Zane) have managed to destroy
Chase truck looking for rocks to wreck the tires
FOUR truck tyres so far and we are not even in Bolivia yet...Now back to the logistical problems of getting Alec to the Hospital. We had to unload the back seat of the truck and of course the back of the tray for his bike, in the end we put Strings bike on the back as it was a smaller and lighter bike and String rode Alec's bike out to Santa Maria. We transported Alec in the truck towards the approaching Ambulance and we met about half way and transfered him to the Ambulance as they have way more drugs than we carry. From the Hospital in Santa Maria, they transfered him over night to Salta. The group of us that were left, were all knakered as there was no cafe out there and our breakfast wore off along time ago, so we decided to sleep over in Santa Maria. The guy that owned the service station allowed us to store Alex's bike, along with a collection of 1200GS plastic pannier bags.....The big bikes are very difficult to handle in these conditions. It took us 8.00 hours to travel 108 km, including the drama with Alec. We rode to salta
Makeing way for the truck
early this morning and met the others at the Hospital, soon after the others all headed for here tonight. Alec was in good spirits, just pissed that he will miss Bolivia with us, hopefully he will fly to Cusco and come with us from there.
Some of the riders with the big bikes are finding the adventure very tough, but they are all helping each other and the mood is still good.
I must get some sleep, will update again as soon as I can. Cheers, Rosco
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