Lidia&Allen So. America 2019 travel blog

A year and a half ago we signed up for an Audubon Society birding tour in Peru. Today we departed Austin for Cusco where we will meet on 02 October the Audubon group of 10 other people. Cusco is a delightful city which we had visited 12 years ago when also touring Peru through Lima, Macho Pichu, and the Urrubamba Sacred River Valley. Our challenge on this trip is that Lidia suffered a stress fracture of her right foot 2 weeks ago ! The doctor cleared her for this trip, BUT walking while wearing the walking cast more than a few yards is not allowed for the next 10 days. After that 10 days she can walk more with the walking cast on her foot for the next 30 days; more if the walking surface is flat, less if steep or uneven.

The challenge of the 'walking cast' begins with our arrival at the Austin Bergstram Airport.

While checking in the desk attendant changes our departure to an earlier flight due to forecast 'weather' in Dallas. A delay of our scheduled flight could delay our arrival into Dallas and we'd miss the connection with the flight to Lima later that night. But, we now have ~45 minutes to clear security and get to the gate. No problem right ? - good thought. BUT, security is a major problem due to the walking foot cast. It takes more than 30 minutes for Lidia to be allowed thru security and, of course, the departure gate is at the other end of the terminal - 18 gates away ! No way she can hobble that distance in 10 minutes, AND there's not a usable wheelchair available. There's 3 or 4 Southwest Airlines unused wheelchairs 15 feet away from security but as we're on American Airlines (AA) we are not allowed to use those chairs !?

So, I boogie to the nearest AA departure gate to ask them to notify Gate 30 we're on our way, and am told they can not do that !!?? So, quickly to Gate 30 where the Gate staff say no problem. Lidia hobbles up, boards and off to DFW we go. We have arrived to DFW earlier than planned so spend time in an Admirals Club. Comfortable seating where Lidia can elevate her foot, and enjoy some good food.

Ciao for now

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