The road runs parallel to the Cordillera Blanca (the white peaks to the right). In this stretch there are 10 peaks over 20,000 feet and more than another 10 close to that. The highest, Huascaran, is 22,200 feet. I guess there’s some kind of weather system around them because despite the nice day and although they’re close-ish they’re closed in. Today we only get glimpses.
Way back in Ecuador I noticed that the fluid level in my front brake reservoir is suspiciously low. Above the minimum line, but I have no idea how I’ve lost a cm. of fluid without noticing. I’ve checked the six or seven places it could have leaked from and nothing. I couldn’t find any Dot 4 in Mancora, but picked up a bottle of Dot 3 and decided to see how it went. Although a quick Google says I can mix the two, I’d rather wait until I can find the right stuff.
But unfortunately we got this explosion back on the Canyon del Pato road. I stare at the mess, blown brake fluid and try to find the source – once again a bit of a mystery, which looks hard to believe. At the time I look at everything in the immediate area, but the reservoir, banjo fitting and all related parts are covered in fluid and there’s no obvious villanous spot. So I carefully dissemble the reservoir and top it up, worried that air will have got into the line and I’ll have no front brake. But I have some, it’s spongy as hell, but enough to limp to Caraz, which fortunately is mostly uphill. So the previous post omits than little epic.
An hour later we’re done. The brake seems good but I’m not sure we’re not going to get another explosion, never having found the problem.
I said I was from Vancouver and asked him where he got it. He says from a Vancouver policeman riding here. I thought about how this could possibly be that a guy would give him his patch, and dropped it. Maybe best not to dig on this one.