Where upon we learn about shipping by water and a bunch of other things on the S.H.E.
We flew past “Plan B” the moment we landed in Buenos Aires. We must be on E or F by now. The bottom line is this: our motorcycle (and Rawhyde Adventures’ trucks and m/c’s) won’t clear Argentine Customs in time for the start of the rally/tour because our ships were late getting here. This has had a ripple effect on the entire first phase of our trip, with constantly changing Plans C, D, E and F. As I write this, I’m not sure what we’re going to do.
But, there are a lot of lessons to be learned for the newbie international traveler.
- First, shipping via ocean isn’t a precision business. There are storms, traffic jams getting into ports, loading/off-loading restrictions, Customs operating hours, etc. Throw-in a couple of holidays and we were off on our timing by an order of magnitude.
- Make sure you keep on the freight forwarders ass to understand why delays happen. My bike sat in a warehouse/dock for almost 30 days. I trusted them to keep the bike moving…
- Get ready for the shaft when it comes to pricing. Regardless of the estimated quote before you give them your vehicle, you will be provided with the actual invoice AFTER the boat has sailed. Not much negotiating power then. I’m not sure it would have been more expensive to ship the bike via air when all is said and done.
OK, enough with the learning about transportation nuts and bolts. We’ve also learned a lot about Buenos Aires during our six days here. First, a few pictures are in order.
This is where we stand at 9:30AM on December 31, 2010
This is where the Shit Happens Express has left us. We have rented a replacement for Now Voyager so that we can still do part of the Dakar Rally. We’re unsure as to how much of the rally we will follow, but will make that decision today. There are a lot of financial and logistical implications and we’re “working the problem.” Tonight we will take possession of said steed and load him up. The Dakar officially starts tomorrow on the largest avenue in BA. Tomorrow we’re riding from BA to Cordoba to meet up with the other Rawhyde Dakar tourists and to start The Chase.
More as it happens.