One-The one where Jai deals with RECALCITRANTS
Touch down in Cusco.
The clue tells us we’re to find a marked taxi and take it 22 miles
to Huambutio. Find a flagged kiosk, find our next clue. Cool.
Woohoo! Our first
task here is to ride a zipline! AWESOME!
[strapping in]: “Okay, if I die, my mother will kill me.”
Jai: “I’m flyyyying!”
(We are tempted to get back in line for another ride, but the line is
“A Detour is a choice between two tasks,
each with its own pros and cons.”
Rope a Llama?
or Rope a Basket?
For Rope a Llama, each Team had to rope two llamas and take them to a
pen. Roping the llamas didn’t require strength, but getting them
to cooperate and walk to the pens could be frustrating and time-consuming.
Rope a Basket required each Team member to use a rope to tie a basket
containing 35 pounds of alfalfa to their back and carry it two-thirds
of a mile to a store. Carrying the heavy baskets required strength, but
Teams with endurance could finish quickly.
Jai: “Baskets, DEFINITELY!”
we’re a well-oiled machine.
You know, llamas HUM when they’re happy.
Jai: Yeah and they SPIT when they’re not. Dude,
llamas are MEAN. We are soooo not doing the llamas. They are recalcitrant
Cim: No...we TOTALLY ARE choosing the llamas.
Jai: No, no, no, no, no.
Jai: LLAMAS ARE RECALCITRANT ANIMALS. Never choose the
Cim: I DON'T KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!
Jai: Stubborn. Uncooperative.
Cim: Oh. Heeee…but *I* am recalcitrant!
So the llamas and I would totally get along!
Jai: Hmmmm. Okay, I might let you *try* to coax a llama
for about 10 feet. And then you'd give up.
Cim: But I would HUMMMMMMMM at them.
Jai: The baskets are so much easier. Something we can
control. And, anyway, you're scared of big animals.
Cim: I am NOT afraid of big animals.
Cim: Well, define big.
Cim: Hmm. Yeah, I see what you’re saying.
Jai: I would let us do the llamas *only* if we were both
suffering from altitude sickness. Because walking 2/3 of a mile...SO easy.
Even with a 35 lb pack. That would take maybe 15 minutes.
Cim: Oh FINE!
Jai: …and we could pace ourselves”
Jai: Whereas who KNOWS how long the llamas would take.
Cim: I said okay!
Jai: Oh. Okay then.
Cim: Yay! Our first fight of the Race!
Jai: That's good TV.
So we walk with the
packs and, as usual, Jai was right and we finish quite fast. (Although
Cim did a fair share of whining!)