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Old 01-20-2014, 06:28 PM   #242
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Joined: Sep 2008
Location: Vankouver
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Cool2 Andes take 2

Andes 2.0

Can't keep a good man down says Jimmy Ciiff, huh... please apply same to a good woman.

Our initial defeat lost to the Andes' weather just gave us more resolve. Hence, we decided to make the 425km ride form Nazca to Abancay in one day, all we needed was a a bit of determination, nothing that Jackie and Valentino can't handle; If neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep the postmen, well neither than will it keep J&V of making to Cusco; That and a full tank of expensive low octane Peruvian "gasohol"

We hit the turnoff heading East at 0912, we would be in Abancay 427 km later at 1725, only stopping for a quick 20 mins general nature brake. Departing altitude 236m ASL @ 87F, arrival 2035 @ 64F. Highest point top of the the Lama land plateau at 4635m @ 37F. The ride was mostly a little south of east. We had sun for the first 150 km, until we reached about 3500m, then rain, some sleet, and hail at our highest point about 50km of it. Then rain, fog, and cold until we started to descend on the valley that sinuously took us the last 150 km to Abancay, the "low valley sits at around 2000 metres and it got as warm as 74F.

It was the most demanding and rewarding riding we have done in the trip so far, we dodged countless animals on the road, zigzagged through too many landslides to mention, some just a few rocks on the road, others with boulders the size of small cars. Chased by at least two dozen dogs. The vistas were simply amazing, definitely the most splendid of the trip to date.

I have place the pictures in chronological order, of course there are very few during inclement weather, the camera is not waterproof but the sky paints the mood accurately.


Come take a ride with us from the desert to the Andes

J&V out, tomorrow we take you to Cusco...
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