Nick:  A couple of critical bike malfunctions with my breakes and shifters meant hitchhiking 80 miles to the nearest good bike shop.  I was picked up within 20 minutes by a nice police man named  Javier.

Broken shifter cable….  Repairs were completed and the bike shop guy arranged a ride for Nick back to the hotel up in Santo Tomas.   Sram hydraulic brakes were replaced with new Shimano ones and cable was replaced.