The five truckers head for a running of the bulls festival.
Its Peruvian adventures this week with GW and Lisa having their bubble burst twice by falling rocks and Tim and Tino taking a trailer full of petrol through a blast zone, while Hugh has a race on his hands to deliver fish while they are still frozen.
“Tino, you having fun?” asks Tim as the rookies head over the 16,500-feet-high Punta Olimpica Pass towards a construction site in the town of Huallin, carrying 30 barrels of gasoline. As the number of hairpin bends increase in the final stages of the climb, Tim says, “The last thing we want is one of these barrels to fall over. You know, if the gas leaks on any part of the truck bed or the exhaust, or anything all it takes is a little spark and we’re going to be great balls of fire.”
To make the trip even more interesting there are some works being done to the road, “We’re just coming up on a part where they’re going to be blowing up some dynamite to make the road wider, so I’m going a little fast because I’m trying to get through there,” Tino explains.
Lisa and GW are hauling ten tons of rice up Dead Nun Canyon to the town of Huaraz. GW is at the wheel and fretting about a particularly precarious bridge. “Give yourself a little bit of distance from me, in case I have to floor it, but keep me out of the holes,” he explains to Lisa who is guiding him across. “These boards are very loose. Some of them are not even really nailed down, they just have them lying across the top.” “Trust me, trust me…” she replies. Their biggest concern on the trip is going to be the flint-like rocks that continually cascade down the mountain, littering the road and causing them two punctures within five minutes. They have two spare tyres, but they are both flat…
In the port of Chimbote, Hugh ‘the Polar Bear’ Rowland is being loaded with a trailer full of fresh fish. “Our mission today is to keep the fish fresh. If the ice melts then we know damn well that we didn’t make it on time,” he explains of his mission.
Hugh’s plan to get the fish delivered on time is a risky one – take a short cut. “We got 240km to go and now we’re under the gun again to get there. So, we’ll have to take an alternate route here. That mountain over there to the right of me, that’s where we’re actually headed,” he says before cutting his own path. “I don’t think anybody’s been down this road. I just hope that I’m not the last one.” A sign post proves to be more of a hindrance than a help for Hugh, so he decides to run over it rather than turn round, but soon he rues the lack of signs.
“Coming up to a fork in the road, I don’t know which one I got to take. I’ll just head out down here,” he says. Will T ’n’ T go boom? Will Lisa and GW be deflated for long? And will Hugh follow the right path?