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Old 01-08-2014, 09:46 PM   #2101
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Andi and Ellen, just wanted to say thanks very much for all the work you have done on your RR. I started reading a few months ago and then finally caught up and wow it is so awesome to get "live" reports . Great pics and great stories. Looking forward to a whole lot more. Have a safe trip, keep the rubber on the road.
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Old 01-09-2014, 07:18 AM   #2102
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Love the boots!!!

Remember the big discussion around Wolfman v Jesse luggage and being able to take your hiking boots. 20 / 20 hindsight shows you made the correct choice.

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Old 01-09-2014, 12:05 PM   #2103
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Amazing scenery

Wow!
Those are some amazing bits of scenery.
Those mountain roads and the views are just breath taking.

Keep it coming guys.
Those of us who are at work need stuff like this to keep us going.

Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2014, 02:08 PM   #2104
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......Keep it coming guys.
Those of us who are at work need stuff like this to keep us going.....
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:27 PM   #2105
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Andi and Ellen, just wanted to say thanks very much for all the work you have done on your RR. I started reading a few months ago and then finally caught up and wow it is so awesome to get "live" reports . Great pics and great stories. Looking forward to a whole lot more. Have a safe trip, keep the rubber on the road.
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Heya Mals

You are welcome and thank you very much for your props.

We are a few days behind now from no Wifi in the last few days from being in the sticks so next day or so more shenanigans to come

Cheers Andi
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:31 PM   #2106
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Remember the big discussion around Wolfman v Jesse luggage and being able to take your hiking boots. 20 / 20 hindsight shows you made the correct choice.
Yeah yeah yeah ... you just wonna hear me say you were right .... again ... well I won't

Definitely the right choice, particularly for two up where capacity is needed, not to mention ease of security and somewhere to put stickers our Jesses are the best luggage we have ever had and I have crash tested plenty over 34 years and 40 bikes.
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Old 01-11-2014, 07:35 PM   #2107
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Wow!
Those are some amazing bits of scenery.
Those mountain roads and the views are just breath taking.

Keep it coming guys.
Those of us who are at work need stuff like this to keep us going.

Thanks.
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Heya Q~

Yeah Peruvian Andes are nothing short of spectacular for sure and great fun to ride other than the Peruvians who like our side of the road better than theirs .

Those of us that benefit from your work keep us going so thank you.

Cheers mate

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Old 01-11-2014, 07:36 PM   #2108
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Like Q~

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Old 01-13-2014, 09:36 AM   #2109
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Parque Nacional Huascaran (Huascaran National Park)

13 km, that is all the tarseal we got from Caraz then back into it, rough, gravel, mud, deep shingle etc.....perfect

Destination Chacas we proceeded up to the park entry gates, this time $10 Soles each, this time the road up to the lakes was maintained and very nice, this was short lived tho and turned very rough very quickly.

Park entry



Joining the crew



New Zealand, here we are again, huge glacial cut valleys with daunting vertical faces steering at us with an unforgiving smile.





The lake at the first crest



Cool trees previewing the icy clay laden waters



Once past the lake we hit the zig zag .... awesome, the climb in front of us and taking us to the base of a glacier then zig zagging up and up, getting rougher and narrower, at 4000 meters we adjusted the fuel screws in as Maya was losing it, at 4400 meters we took the fuel screws in even further as it was difficult riding the tight switch backs with little power and trying to accelerate, this made a huge difference and she starting running much much better.



Adjusting the fuel screws at 4400 meters (14500ft)



Part of the road



Lakes in the distance we had past earlier



Sorry for the washed out colours but the poor ol camera was struggling with the glare from the snow etc.

Lunch, open air cafe, not much coffee but c h e c k o u t t h e v i e w



A reflection of our past



Topping out at 4710 meters we were pleased to hit the summit and started heading down as oxygen is thinner here so wrestling Maya in and out of big rocks, switchbacks etc with our gear was a mission.

The crest and the monster long downhill, just as awful on this side , this was at 4710 meters (15500 ft)



Further down the valley the day got warmer and slightly easier although some of the villages we rode through had had heavy rain causing muddy boggy ‘tracks” in the towns which proved interesting.







Between the elevational changes and the amount of gnarly gravel roads we had ridden the last few days it was starting to catch up on me, 3/4 the way down to our finish line I had to stop for a drink, breather, stretch and a few toffees for a sugar boost.

Unexpected we were greeted for the last 6 km to Chaca by tarseal sent by god, it was smooth and beautiful and a seriously welcome sight after thumping around in the sticks.

Yeah a nothing photo other than the welcoming road



Chacas, cool wee town with no wifi ... perfect, we decided to take a much needed rest day, do a small walk and catch up on some writing etc.

The timing of the thunder storm coming, we got in with good time, Chacas main square (plaza) donkeys and all.



A local lady selling baskets, she was very nice, in fact Chacas now holds the title for the most friendly town so far in Peru, the people were smiling and very welcoming which made us feel very homely.

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Old 01-13-2014, 08:13 PM   #2110
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Wow

Best road yet on your RR!
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Old 01-13-2014, 10:03 PM   #2111
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did you ask anyone if the glaciers are shrinking?
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Old 01-14-2014, 04:37 AM   #2112
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I'm almost speechless, other than thank you.
A couple in there are among the best you have taken, and that's already a crowded field!
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Old 01-14-2014, 06:13 AM   #2113
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Best road yet on your RR!
Yeah...
That road...
All those corners, and the views.


Very nice!
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:33 AM   #2114
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Old 01-14-2014, 08:57 AM   #2115
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