Taka Taka started off the proceedings with the first of the days nominations for Dick of the Day. She had “Shrek” in her sights.
Some time after the team had left Chilecito a guitar had been found on the terrace at the Posada las Maria’s hotel. The convoy had already been on the road heading South for half an hour and was making good time. To avoid delaying progress and further “dicking about” a taxi had to be called to collect the forgotten guitar and rendezvous at some point after the first pass. As it was Shreks guitar, in her view was his responsibility to make sure it was loaded into the trailer before leaving! It seemed an open shut case.
Shrek argued that as he did not use the guitar the previous evening he had not unloaded it from the trailer. Thinking that it was still on the trailer, he had no reason to check to repack it the following morning. In his view whoever had unpacked the guitar deserved the award.
At this point Auld Mug made a valuable intervention. In his view it was those packing the trailer that were at fault. And for a brief moment The Monk found himself in the dock.
But Monks protestations were to be short lived. It was clear that The Bok had other plans. And acting as chief prosecutor, judge and jury he cast aside any impartiality and nominated The Mummy for completely missing the final stop on the road into Rodeo.
As the World’s End team neared their accommodation for the night there was a chance to take in the breathtaking view of Lake Dique cuesta del Viento on the Rio Blanco, at the foot of the snow capped Andes. The whole team pulled off the road to take in the scenery and get photos.
Not quite the whole team. 15 bikes had pulled over to the side of the road. Butch waited in clear view for the last to arrive. Five minutes later The Mummy rounded the final bend. Past Butch, past the whole team, past the views – onwards, head down, focused only on the road ahead. Butch waved both hands to attract attention but it was not to be. The Mummy pressed on, determined, down the road into the town of Rodeo and beyond. The team finished the group photos (a priority) then sent out a search party to find The Mummy, now some way down the road to Ushuaia!
In her defence The Mummy pointed out that as she was travelling slower than the rest of the bikes she had been told earlier in the day to “carry on at stops” and was applying the rule.
Philistine provided some “colour” to explain that having taken the day cautiously The Mummy had now found full throttle, at completely the wrong point in the day.
Protestation fell on deaf ears and the vote was taken.
The Monk. 7 The Mummy. 9