Well, remember how lucky I was to find the sprocket I needed in Mexico when I couldn’t find it anywhere else? Well… turns out that maybe I wasn’t quite as lucky as I thought. The Yamaha sprocket I found, that seemed to fit my bike perfectly, was actually thinner than the Suzuki sprocket for my bike. And, it sorta ruined the countershaft - the part that the sprocket fits on. So… I’m now holed up in Quito Ecuador, hoping to find the new part without having to order it - which would take 3 weeks. And, replacing the part requires the engine to be removed from the bike and completely disassembled! Yup! Luckily : ) in Ecuador the U.S. dollar is very strong. In fact they don’t have their own currency. They have been using the U.S. dollar since the 90’s. So, the labor to do the work will be very cheap. And anything that is made here is very inexpensive compared to the U.S. Gas is $2 a gallon and I just had a complete dinner for $1. If I gotta be stuck somewhere for a while this is a pretty good spot to be stuck.
On my way here, I spent a couple days in Otavalo Ecuador at a really nice hostel (Rose Cottage) up on a hillside with a really incredible view and a very serene atmosphere which helped me forget about my bike problems for a while. Anyway, here are some pics I took over the past few days.
This was an exciting trip for a number of reasons. It was over 30,000 miles thru Latin America and the Andes mountains, and I didn't speak much Spanish. There was also the small detail of the Darien Gap. And, then there was "Death Road" in Bolivia - supposedly the most dangerous road in the world.
Anyway, I blogged about the entire journey right here.