Wednesday, December 28, 2005

36,700 miles

La Paz, Bolivia

Right valve cover leaking

Temporary patch from Cusco failed. Replacement parts ordered from BMW of SF, to ship DHL.

Rear tire punctured

I checked the rear tire and found it flat again. This time I looked closely and found a tiny hole. Probing with a knife, I discovered a very thin two-inch nail. Tried plugging the hole but after destroying one insertion tool and 5 plugs, I gave up.

The failure of the BMW tire repair kit is concerning. I had brought two kits along, but thus far my experience is they are useless on steel-belted Metzeler Tourance tires. I’m left with only one plug.

Tire to be replaced here in La Paz.

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