2/24/20 Monday Merida I was up early today as I wanted to take the brake line of Patti’s bike and bring it to a hydraulics shop so see it they could repair it. This was also advice that I had gotten from one or two inmates. Tom from Rubber Chicken Racing also sent me an email that he had ordered the parts from Spiegler. He told me he would ship them to me as soon as they arrived at his shop. It just took a few minutes to remove the brake line. As soon as I finished that I jumped on the GS and rode to the hydraulics shop which was 20 minutes away. When I arrived, I walked to the counter and asked if anyone spoke English. A young man was summoned from the back. However, he didn’t speak English, he was the poor guy tasked with dealing with the gringo. In any even after 15 minutes of back and forth we had worked out what I needed. He understood even to the point that he know that the direction of all the fitting had to stay in the position they were currently to fit back on the bike. I was quoted a price of ~$35 US. The part through BMW would have been $170, if I could even get it. He told me it would be ready Wednesday afternoon. Hopefully it will get is moving again as we wait for the braided lines. On Saturday when we got up we discovered that the propane tank was empty. This meant we could not use the cooktop and we didn’t have any hot water. We reported this and sometime during the day the tank was filled and the range worked again. However, there was still not hot water. Hmm. This followed through until Monday. I had a suspicion that the pilot light was out on the heaters. I went to the desk and the young lady in duty followed me back. She tried the shower and of course got no hot water. We then went to the roof where the propane tank was. It was full. From there she led me to where the hot water heaters were. I climbed up to check. I clicked the piezo lighter to start the pilots. I noted that the dials controlling the temperature level of the tank was set to “pilot”. What apparently happened is when whomever started the pilot light neglected to turn the dial back up to high. So, the pilot was going but the tank was not firing. I rotated the dials to the appropriate position and both tanks immediately fired. Problem solved. Today is to be our last day of Spanish lessons. We spent an hour conjugating irregular verbs and re-writing our notes from Friday. Pictures coming in the next post.