This morning, I got this email:
Sorry for the massive delay getting back to this. A team has dropped out of the Junket and the guys in Peru have confirmed that we do indeed have a spare mototaxi….
Do you still want to jump in!?
Let me know if you still fancy it and we can press the buttons…
Mototaxi Junket Chief
Long story short, I pushed the buttons. (You know when The Adventurists set up a custom signup code “lastminutepete” that you’re getting in just under the wire.)
I have been wanting to do the Mototaxi Junket ever since I did the The Mongol Rally; in 2011… so when my work schedule shifted by a few weeks back in August and I realized that I had the time off to do this Fall’s Junket, I immediately started trying to round up a team.
The problem is, it’s pretty tough to convince people to join you on a big, crazy, dangerous adventure just a few weeks before the launch date… I first called up Chris Burt, my Mongol Rally teammate who also has had his eyes set on the Mototaxi Junket for a few years. We had already been talking about doing the Mototaxi Junket together at some point. Unfortunately, Burt couldn’t swing it this time (something about having a real job), so I started scrambling. I hit up everyone I met in person. I posted relentlessly on social networks. Hit up the Reddit travel subreddits. Posted a classified ad on Lonely Planet’s “Thorn Tree” travel forum. Even made a “classified ad” on the chalk board at our Burning Man camp. I got a bunch of interested parties, but none of them came through…whether it was the cost, the time off work, a bad back, or the unnecessary difficulty for a Zimbabwean citizen in Canada to get a Peruvian tourist visa.
So I signed up on my own. Of the twenty teams (49 other people), I am the only solo team registered in the junket. I’m also the dead last person to sign up – most people signed up months or even over a year ago. I’m on my own and woefully unprepared.
This should make things interesting!