Disaster only takes a split second – so fast. Way too fast.
It was a pretty yucky day today. A slight headwind and many miles of climbing. And then it started to rain just as we crested the top of our second big climb of the day and headed out onto a plateau.
We raced toward to Fitz Roy, hoping to get there before the rain started falling more heavily – it was only a light drizzle at that point. The headwind had eased up when the rain began, so we took off barreling down the road trying to reach shelter.
And then it happened. A truck whizzed past… John tried to get over onto the shoulder… His wheel caught on the edge of the pavement… The tandem went down. BAM! They crashed into the gravel shoulder of the road.
The casualties? John’s arm is pretty seriously scraped – a couple of deep gashes where some pebbles made contact. And his brake/shifter lever disintegrated. Fortunately, Daryl was completely unharmed.
We limped into town and managed to find a very nice, cheap cabaña, so we’re out of the rain and in a warm, comfy room. We’ll stay here at least one more night to rest up a bit.
As for John’s bike – his plan at this point is to disconnect his drum brake and reroute his functional brake lever to his front brake. Daryl will continue to be in control of the rear cantilever brake. They won’t be able to shift the front derailleur, but we’re hoping we won’t have a whole lot of hills left – they can manually shift it if we have a big hill.
Maybe in Rio Gallegos in 625 km we’ll be able to get it fixed…
Kilometers today: 76
Kilometers to date: 26658
Distance remaining: 1225