We got to our apartment for the night which we booked because it ws close to the port and had high speed internet access, it was close to the port but the Internet was on strike! We then decided to change the plan a bit, there is a bmw dealer in Osorno, I called them Saturday morning and was told to come to the office on Monday to see what they could do for us, we got to Osorno and it was still open so we went in and it seems a service is no problem but we need to see the mechanic on Monday morning about the start issue to see what they can do, and all that with about five words of Spanish to my name. The city and surrounding area was shrouded in what we though was fog but it transpired it was Volcanic ash from a nearby misbehaving Volcano! The Hostal the nice lady from Motoadventura called for us was busy that night so the owner suggested a small lakeside village about 30 miles south where we camped for the night.
We met Helen, who is on a RTW overland trip with her husband Paul in a Landrover, Paul had just gone back to the UK for another sack of cash and Landy parts leaving Helen here for the time, we did what travellers do, passed on recommendations and advice (www.goingoverland.com ). En route to the supermarket we met John an expat married to a local and had a couple of beers with him, he told us this place Puerto Octai had a large number of serious Alkie's, and we saw some lying under trees sleeping off the days session, he also told us one had been eaten by a pack of dogs recently and died, having seen what these guys were drinking I don't think the dogs would have been good either! After eating we then were treated to an evening of traditional dance and song, seems like some kind of village fete was going on, good crack, and it seemed to us their dancing was very similar to Scottish country except for the outfits and the songs but the similarities are there, no matter where we travel we realise that basically we are all the same, different habits maybe but the same, except for the dogs, another one pissed on our tent this morning!!!!!
Waiting for our turn
Thunderbirds are go!
Picking up foot passengers
Make sure its in reverse now!
Don't fancy a backheel from those spurs
the hankie dance!! (although the blue gang in the background done essentially a strip the willow!
Fionas new pal who spent all night with us probably thinking we were thick because we only understood 10% of what he said, a nice guy and nice to see an innocence which has been long lost in Europe
Washing the bikes for the first time so that the mechanics hopefully don't refuse to work on them tomorrow!!