We’re stuck – probably. Stranded. Up a creek without a paddle, if you know what I mean. 600 kilometers from our goal and we’re stuck in the mud. Or stuck in Patagonia without a wheel. We think anyway.
John’s rear hub broke today. He tried to take off after a break, but the pedals just spun without engaging. After about six or seven revolutions, it finally “caught” and he was able to move forward. But for the next 70K it was a constant battle – every time he stopped pedaling for even a few seconds, he never knew if it would engage again or not.
We seriously doubt he can make it another 600K.
This same thing happened on the triple as we cycled across southern Utah – ended up being a broken spring which was easily replaced. We’re crossing our fingers there’s a similarly easy solution this time, but I have my doubts.
We are now 30K from Rio Gallegos, so will attempt to get there tomorrow before taking the wheel apart. We’re not sure what kinds of parts and expertise we’ll find there, but are hoping we can figure out something to get the tandem back on the road.
And if not? We don’t know. We’ve toyed with all kinds of options – renting two single bikes for John and Daryl is the most probable – but won’t be able to decide anything until we know more about this wheel.
600 kilometers to go – but will we make it??
Kilometers today: 111
Kilometers to date: 27287
Distance remaining: 615