Introduction by Paul May of www.equipt1.com
Jack Stuhler, the founder of Eezi-Awn, is an adventurous man and has spent his entire life exploring the African Continent. After driving from Johannesburg to the UK through the middle east in the early 1999, Jack set his sights on the Americas. He prepared a Toyota Land Cruiser 70 Series Troopy by the name of Tubby for his journey and shipped it to South America. With his significant other, Margaret, their epic journey from Ushuaia to Dead Horse Alaska took over 18 months to complete in 2004/2005. They later returned south to Houston, and shipped Tubby home. Quite impressive for a couple in their 60s. Their adventures are an inspiration for us all.
Most places of historical interest are in the old city of Quito. Taking a taxi we soon dropped down towards the ‘Plaza de la Indepencia’ dominated by a somewhat grim cathedral on the south side and the ‘Palacio de Gobierno’ along the east side. There was unrest in the City. Folk were milling about the Presidential Offices. They wanted the President removed from office. Police presence was to be seen in all the ‘hoekies and noekies’ of the City centre. Strolling past the Palacio we wandered into one of the most stunning buildings Margaret and I have ever set eyes on – the ‘La Compania de Jesus’. This is a marvellous Jesuit church. It has a most ornate and richly sculptured façade and interior. Inside its multi faceted columns, ten-sided high altar plated with, it is said, two tons of gold foil complimented with gilded balconies.