Exiting the green tunnel, I rode along a few more miles and came to Capivari do Sul where I made a left turn onto 101 and commenced to head south, past a sign informing me that Mostardas was 126 kilometers away. I was not worried about the distance because I had a wind blowing out of the north and east, and I was going to be heading south and west. Eight miles south of Capivari do Sul is a little town on my map called Palmares do Sul, where I thought to stock up on half a dozen bottles of water for what would probably be a long way between services.
Those of you who read my writings about my 2006 trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway will remember my battles with broken spokes on that trip. In 2006, the spokes kept breaking off near the axle of the wheel. Today, it snapped off at the rim. I used my cutting plyers and cut the loose spoke off, and debated what to do.
I decided that I would return to Capivari do Sul, which I had not even entered (I thought), having bypassed it to the east, get a hotel room, and then hunt up a bike mechanic, and continue on my way tomorrow. Since the rear wheel, lacking a spoke, no longer spun true, it was hitting up against the brake pad (Such brake pad as was left, anyway) on each revolution. So, I undid the rear brake, turned around, and rode the three miles back to Capivari. At which point, I discovered that the road crossing I had taken south WAS Capivari. One gas station, no hotel, no bike mechanic, no nothing. I also discovered that I was now at KM post 62 out of Porto Alegre.
I was now presented with a bunch of bad options. EIther ride back to Pinhal, into the wind, wait for a bus, or try to make it to Porto Alegre. I decided to head to Porto Alegre, figuring that if the wheel broke bad on me, I could always pull over and catch a bus. It was only 62 KMs (39 miles) after all...
Using the internet at this place, I have found a place that claims to service Trek bicycles to take my bike tomorrow, and, if they appear competent, I am going to also have them replace the brakes and give the bike a tune up. I paid my hotel until Saturday, hopefully they can fix things by then.
When my bike gets fixed, three options occur to me. 1.) I can take a bus back to Capivari do Sul, and continue my planned route. 2.) I can ride south from Porto Alegre to Pelotas on BR-116, and then continue on either to Chui/Chuy or Jaguarao/Rio Branco, both at different places on the Uruguayan border, or 3.) Take the bus to Santana do Livramento/Rivera, and ride down Route 5 325 miles through the center of Uruguay from Rivera to Montevideo. I will mediate upon various weather forecasts and wind directions tomorrow before deciding what to do.