But donŽt mention pecs right now. The physio (lifting pudding bottles) went fine, but they kept getting lighter. But IŽd still rather have a full bottle in front of me than a full frontal lobotomy.
I nearly lost my Swiss Army knife at the airport because I completely forgot about putting it in my checked baggage. So I put it inside my helmet inside my little backpack. They spotted my ŽwaiterŽs friendŽ (which IŽd also forgotten about) and confiscated that, but the knife survived. Phew.
The boat finally arrived at 7 last night. The port is very disorganised, and no-one knows anything. But eventually Luis came and collected me from the gate and took me into the bowels of the cargo ship where the bike was already standing on the deck.
Of course, it wouldnŽt start. So I stood around being gassed by the trucks and looked forlorn, and eventually a couple of the crew helped me get the bike up the greasy wet steel ramps on to the dockside (I was getting in the way by then).
A couple of truckers waiting to board were hanging around, and they helped me try to bump start, but no dice. By this time the battery was down to starter relay clicking mode, so having indicated that I possessed a pair of jump leads they pushed the bike to one of the trucks and we connected it up. Still no go. Check for sparks. None, and plugs looking a bit second-hand anyway (they were OK in Coyhaique) so we cleaned the lead terminals where they go into the coil and put new plugs in and hey presto.
The one who insisted on doing the work asked if he could have a ride around the dock, so of course I said yes. He clearly rather enjoyed himself.
So IŽm off northwards this morning. HURRAH.Posted by Cynthia Milton at June 25, 2005 07:03 PM GMT
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