John Versus the Volcano

Call me a cab! All right, you're a cab.

It’s a gray day in Bibleburg. We had some rain last night and the forecast calls for more of the same over the next week. Maybe it’ll tamp down the tree pollen a bit. Herself and I are going through boxes of Kleenex at an alarming rate. An entire rain forest soaked in snot and flushed down the loo to Pueblo.

At least we don’t have any active volcanos in the neighborhood. That Icelandic rascal is dumping hot ash over many a traveler’s itinerary, including Monty Python’s John Cleese. According to The New York Times, Cleese found himself stranded in Oslo and hired a Mercedes taxi to drive more than 900 miles to Brussels, where he hoped to get a train to London. Three drivers took turns at the wheel and the fare came to about $5,000, said one of his agents, Dean Whitbread. Rather too far for a silly walk, don’t you know. Right, off you go.

Meanwhile, expect a reduced field at Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race thanks to air-travel restrictions. Team Sky’s Bradley Wiggins, Cervélo’s Carlos Sastre and Volodymyr Gustov, and Caisse d’Epargne’s Alejandro Valverde, Luis Leon Sanchez and Luis Pasamontes are among the riders who apparently can’t raise the cabfare.


4 Responses to “John Versus the Volcano”

  1. James Says:

    I loved the story about Karsten Kroon having to not worry about the start of the Amstel race as he only lives 10kms or so from the start. Makes one wonder how effective train travel is over in Europe when the racers choose to drive instead. Hopefully it will be an exciting race nevertheless.

  2. Larry T. Says:

    Train travel in Italy is fine, as long as you don’t want to bring too much stuff along. More than anythng I think this is why the riders drive — bikes, clothing, etc. are easier stuffed into the team car or bus than dragged onto a train. The ash-cloud didn’t stop my in-laws, they flew into Rome yesterday. We’ll look after them for a week before they head off to the Amalfi Coast — just our way of paying them back a bit for all those times we sponge off them in Santa Barbara

  3. Jon Paulos Says:

    Heh. I like Cleese’s style. Just deal with it. I would have liked to hear the conversation in the cab.

    No volcanos here, but we have our own US equivalent. Tried to get to Houston from Baltimore today, but thanks to a mechanical and successive waves of human error managed to not get on three flights in a row. Gave up and went home.

  4. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    It’s always astounding to me how little it takes to knock over our transportation house of cards. Journos and racers alike are struggling to get to Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Jon can’t get from B-more to H-town … this is why I take Air Subaru everywhere.

    If only I had a Honda Element I could skip the strip search at the airport plus the pricey motel bits and just nap in my ride, next to the bike. Poach my Internet from coffee shops. But I hear that even the Element has issues when trying to drive across the Big Ditch.

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