Journey to the End of The World
Subject: The Spice Muchachas
Place: Quito, Ecuador
This is the new release from the Spice Muchachas.
It goes to the tune of "MAMA" and has become very popular
with two cyclists struggling in the high mountains of Equador.
along...una, dos, tres...
Los bicicletas son muy
El camino es muy
Otovalo. La, la,
roughly translates as...
We are very tired.
The bicycles are very heavy (hard work)
The road is very bad
Lets go to Otovalo. La,
la, la, etc
We think it might catch on worldwide. It is sung with enormous
We met a tour guide in Quito who
suggested an easy route for our first fortnight. She suggested
a three day ride to Otavalo in the North
It took us five full days, three of those climbing 2.6 kilometres
of vertical ascent on rocky tracks (more than twice the height
of Snowdon). Who said this was a holiday!! For five days we thought Otovalo
was a mythical place, meaning just the
other side of these mountains.
And all of this with one of us on a hire bike. Oh, didnt we tell you? ...that
one of our bikes never arrived. Yes one of the bikes that you
all bought a little bit of. If I were you I would call the airline
KLM or fax them..... and ask them to
explain this incompetence. We have but it didnt
get us anywhere. So we are biding time.
They have paid for us to have a hire bike for two
weeks until they can get their act together to do a worldwide
search for it. Yes, your present could be in Delhi, Bangkok, Sydney, Saudi Arabia, Madrid, Washington, New Zealand, Jakarta,
Beunos Aires (six months early) or any
other city on the KLM international route network. We suspect
it is probably still at the check in desk at Heathrow where we
left it two weeks ago. If anyone is passing through terminal 4
please look out for it. It is in a giant bike sized KLM box marked
bike box. Easy to misplace!!! Apparently.
Kirstie biding time waiting for
her bike to arrive
We finally set off with a hire
A further moment of despair on the road to Otovalo
Anyway, we have had some adventures already. When hiring a bike
we found a guy called the biking Dutchman who gave us two dazers
to zap local dogs. Brilliant. They come at you and you point and
shoot. They leg it away howling. Better than space invaders. We
take turns at being Darth Vader and Luke. Needless to say we haven't
befriended any Equadorian dog owners.
The biking Dutchman sympathised
with our bikeless predicament, declaring
his national airline a national disgrace. He said the only
two things you need in life are a bike and a woman... and a woman
was much easier to hire in Quito than a bike. So he lent us one of his own..... bikes that is... leaving one of us disappointed.
The tent is creating much local interest. They call it casa rapido
(quick house). We always have an audience to watch us putting
it up, and quite often a different audience (bussed in from surrounding
villages) to watch us take it down again in the morning. The most
alarming time is when they decide to join in and help. Tent poles
We are going further North now..
to Ibarra and then back to KLM in Quito via Cayambe. We have arranged
a picket at the Quito offices...
until our bike turns up again. When we told the KLM rep in Quito that our bike was lost she said "I dont know what to suggest." When we told her it was handmade
and took six weeks to build and three weeks to test, she said
" I dont want to know." By
the time we told her it was our honeymoon, that the bike was a
wedding present from all our guests, and that it was our primary
means of getting to Tierra Del Fuego
(more than six thousand miles of cycling), she got up out of her
chair, put her fingers in her ears and started to hum the Equadorian
National Anthem. We ring her every day and demand a full progress
report. So far we haven't had one. Should
you wish to try her name is Mrs Timurto at KLM Quito!!
it for now... will message again with more news. Should you wish
to be removed from this wailing list (sorry - mailing list)
please drop us an E Mail and we will be as forthcoming as KLM
in the future.
Please pass this on to anyone who might be interested.... friends,
relatives, the press.
Adios para ahora
Una, dos, tres...
cansardos...la la la etc
Stuart and Kirstie
Las Spice Muchachas.