The truck is sick and has been for the last 4 days. This is the second time this has happened and so we are stuck in Punta Arenas.
It’s now official, the truck at the moment is unrepairable, a new Volvo electrical controlled fuel pump will have to be found, purchased and installed. This might take weeks!
We have been told that the trip will continue and Odyssey are trying to hire alternative transport but, as this is a holiday week, I would not be surprised if we are stuck here till Monday. I am sure Odyssey will do everything in their power to get us back on the road, reputation is everything in this business.
In the meantime life goes on…. Happy New Year!

It’s official, the truck at the moment is unrepairable, a new Volvo electrical controlled fuel pump will have to be found, purchased and installed. This might take weeks!
We have been told that the trip will continue and Odyssey are trying to hire alternative transport but, as this is a holiday week, I would not be surprised if we are stuck here till Monday.  I am sure Odyssey will do everything in their power to get us back on the road, reputation is everything in this business.
Update: Good news looks like we are moving tomorrow, Saturday 🙂

As I have mentioned in a earlier posting our accommodation till now has been paid for from the kitty. Now that we are without transport, sitting around waiting for decisions to be made, will Odyssey start to pickup the overnighting costs? I have difficulty understanding why we should pickup the bill when Odyssey can’t provide transport.

 

The payment for this type of tour is split into two. Part is paid directly to the company and covers the cost of the truck plus organisation and administration charges. The second part is the kitty which is payed in cash at the start of the trip and covers the daily running expenses like food, camping charges, hotel and hostel accommodation etc.
The down side to our present predicament, apart from loosing time, is that we must stay in a hotel instead of camping. Hotels are more expensive therefore our expenditure is greater than it should be. In other words we are in the red and the situation will worsen for every day until the truck is back in service!

Because our truck is broken down and we need to save money the tour crew have started to bunk us 3 to 4 persons to a room. I usually share with Wayne, an Australian, same age as me and we get on well together. After the restructure a English guy, Paul, has joined us. Paul’s a snorer, sounds like he’s gargling in his own vomit! Paul is very special! He’s eccentric, intelligent, but lives very much in his own bubble.
After three nights of this vocal gargling, I’d had enough. Luckily there was an extra room available so now I’m paying $50 a night for my own room. At least I get to sleep! Wayne is not so lucky he’s had to resort to the couch in the hallway.
There is also one other snorer in our midst, Dave a very nice easygoing guy, who has a room to his self. Paul was originally paired with Dave but for some reason threw a tantrum that put the frights in to our tour leader.

In the meantime life goes on….