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January 5, 2006 06:09 AM

And back again....

Another long day spent on the concrete floor waiting for ticketing agents to let me into the land of food vendors and departure gates has come and gone. In 8 short hours I'll be on a plane, zooming back to Guatemala City on the last leg of my Christmas hiatus to pick up where I left off. I'm hoping that Brian meets me at the airport armed with a vehicle that will fit the bicycles (note to Brian or Willie: regular taxis won't do the trick, we need a mini-van with folding seats)

So far I've managed to remain blissfully ignorant of all the untold horrors that the bicycle boxes are surely suffering on their way-too-long trip to Central America. I've heard too many horror stories and realize that I'm not lucky enough to escape unscathed.

I am, however, happy to report that the only noticeable damage incurred thus far appears to be focused primarily on my wallet.. Despite my best attempts, the bicycle boxes ended up overweight and wouldn't hold all the luggage; I was forced to check a third bag.

The powers that be are surely smiling down on me as they prod me at my weakest spot; my wallet:

Ouch. I purposefully haven't added it up; I prefer the general feeling of dread to having the full weight of the exact cost sear into my brain. I don't mean to complain, I'm still mourning the fact that I'm no longer earning a regular paycheck. There are people who are far worse off than I. Besides, any hardship I've endured is completely self inflicted.

It's almost a given that we'll discover something broken or missing/forgotten after settling in Guatemala and reassembling the bicycles. The fun part is trying to anticipate what it is. After sitting with myself for 18 hours now all that comes to me is that, in my haste, I neglected to let the air out of the tires of Brian's bicycle. It didn't occur to me until we were at a cruising altitude of 31,000 ft somewhere over Cuba; too late to do anything about it. Does this mean they'll explode, implode or will they be fine and good as new when we land?


Lance Armstrong said:

$426 dollars?

Really are these bikes that special?

I would think you could buy at least 6 or 7 great bikes with banana seats for that price.....

January 5, 2006 08:36 AM
Ryan said:

Thanks Lance... for adding it up. I appreciate it.

Now I'll need to rationalize it as best as I can:

I'd have had to pay the San Jose departure tax whether I brought the bikes or not... and this is for 2 full bikes and a bunch of stuff for bike Will is buying in Guatemala.... and ummm...

what's money anyway? it comes and it goes and I don't know many people who have enough of it.

January 5, 2006 09:15 AM
Brian said:


As said, the extra bagage is of my doing, and I will thus pay for it. Shame it couldn't be cheaper, but I'm pretty excited to ride the purple Univega through Central America regardless. See you in a couple of hours.


January 5, 2006 10:19 AM
Jonathan said:

Have you seen my packing tape?

January 5, 2006 10:20 AM
gia said:


If it's any consolation, I've paid about $450 for excess baggage on top of the $2900 I paid for my ticket only to show up in Australia to realize they've lost my baggage. I love Air Canada.

January 5, 2006 06:49 PM