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Old 02-02-2013, 10:30 PM   #40
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Thursday, January 24th, 2013 – Pisac to Puno

Today is going to be a long transit day. We need to cover about 240 miles, to give us a day in Puno to see Lake Titicaca. Fortunately, the road obliges. It is not terribly interesting, but it is pretty fast. Well, as fast as a winded KLR at fourteen thousand feet can manage. We climb from about nine thousand feet, up to the pass at a little over fourteen thousand, and then slowly, slowly descend down the altiplano. Puno itself is at almost thirteen thousand, so we give up little in elevation. While cruising on the altiplano, I spot a large bike heading towards me in my shoulder. I pull over to see if there’s anything wrong… turns out he’s the first of about seven Chilean big bikes just out for a day ride. We chat for a bit, and go our separate ways.

The Pisac Inn was a nice place to stay at:

Porwit-20130124-0596-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

A little roadside repair on Hewby's turn signals:

Porwit-20130124-0600-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

We ride along a river for a while:

Porwit-20130124-0601-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Aproaching the midway point, now up on the Altiplano:

Porwit-20130124-0602-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Sheep and pretty straight roads:

Porwit-20130124-0603-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Hewby and some of the Chileans:

Porwit-20130124-0605-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Before getting to Puno, we have to pass through the shithole that is Juliaca. The city has nothing going for it – unfinished buildings and street-choking traffic are all it has to offer. Unfortunately, we have to go through it.
When we get to Puno, it turns out to be another crowded town somewhat lacking in scenery. Fortunately, Hewby finds mention of a place called the “El Inti” Hostel, which we track down. It takes a bit of doing, but we get the bikes into their lobby to secure them. Their hot water sort of works, and their wifi signal is usable only in the lobby, but it will do the trick.

More straight roads:

Porwit-20130124-0607-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

A lunchtime stop. The dogs seem intrigued by whatever it is that Hewby is holding:

Porwit-20130124-0609-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Random local:

Porwit-20130124-0614-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Old tires as art:

Porwit-20130124-0615-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr

Juliaca

Porwit-20130124-0616-Orig by Marcin Porwit, on Flickr
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