Santiago to Pichilemu,Monday, 21 January 2013,Day 202

Phillys is captain of this boat tonight ooh aah me hearties!

No problems with bugs last night which is a relief I had a few moments but I think a lot of the icky moments are in my head not in reality but I am glad to be leaving.

Daisy is getting a good seeing to today oil change new oil filter and air filter and a bit of TLC. They reckon it going to take a good couple of hours so I go for a wander down the street where I bump into Alex trying to source some bits for his bike and some tyres. I look after his bike and kit whilst he goes to each of the many bike shops on Lira looking for the best deal. When he done he comes to the shop where Daisy is being sorted and asks if he can use the workshop to change his oil, oil filter and air filter they say yes no problem as he is buying both these items there so he sets to work on his bike and Daisy is being seen to by the mechanic and I just hang around doing what I do best and that is to look pretty. I could probably do the work on Daisy my self but I choose not to as I rather someone else takes the responsibility who knows what they are doing and they can spot something serious that I may have missed and it if it goes wrong than I have some one else to blame other than me

    

Alex posing for the cameras

Good fun hanging around workshop watching and occasionally assisting while folks fettle with motorcycles. It about 1pm when Daisy is given the all clear and I am ready to roll Alex is still busy. I want to get out of Santiago one because of the bedbugs and two is that so far it has not really turned me on so I have decided to head to the beach which is about 200km away.

Say Tata to Alex who I will meet down the road as I had lent him the money for his oil filter and air filter as his credit card was playing up and I make my way out of Santiago. Its dull and overcast and scenery not much to write home about but I am glad to be on the move again and Daisy is feeling a bit fresher after the work that has been done.So thanks to Jorge of Promotors in Lira Santiago for squeezing us in at short notice and letting Alex use your workshop facilities cheers mate.

Dakar folk also heading home

As I left late its quite late when I get to Pichilemu and I have an address there but when I get there the prices are a lot higher than what I was expecting so I ask them why and they say oh you are talking about staying on the boat that’s not here but its just down the beach. Me a bit confused but we walk down the beach together and in the distance perched on cliff overlooking the beach is a house shaped like a boat and that is what is going to be my home for the night.

Great Boat Shaped Hostel on the Beach!

      

    

This was a folly built years ago as a teahouse to attract tourist to Pichilemu and has been converted into a hostel 3 floors top floor 8 bed dorm window all around with views over the sea and the beach fantastic, Middle floor also great vistas communal area and on the ground floor separate 4 person dorms no windows this is where I would be staying as it was the cheapest option.

The first thing that needed doing was to break down the door that had been shut for years so that we could get the bike into a secure courtyard so Christian (handyman and custodian of boat) set to work with a hacksaw cutting through a rusty padlock so Daisy was safe for the night. Then I found out I am the only person staying here tonight so I have the whole place to myself no staff just me which is cool as well as scary as it perched on a cliff on its own and quite a large old building so could be a few scary moments tonight as I am scary wuzz 🙂

http://www.surfhostalbackpackers.cl

So after I checked in I went for along walk around town looking for a Chinese that had shut years ago just because I fancied a Chinese I ended up having a Pork Sandwich which was also good and got back to my mini palace by the sea at about 8.30pm and as I said earlier I was on my own so spread my stuff out got the music on and I was thoroughly enjoyed having my own space with no one else to bother me. I sat in every chair looked out of every window as the views of the sea where spectacular then it got dark so put every light on and I jumped at every squeak and noise that I heard and there where a lot.

Finally went to bed one downside to staying downstairs was it was damp and there were lots of mossies so from bed bugs to mossies I am not sure what I prefer.

Surfing how difficult can that be then!

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