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Old 07-11-2014, 09:14 AM   #721
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Carez Peru

From here we had 111 km to go at 415 and we decided to go for it. The road from here is smooth, two lanes, with actual yellow lines down the middle and everything. That said with more civilization there is more traffic and more towns with speed bumps and so we again were arriving at dusk at 6.




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We punched hotel in to the GPS and a lodge came up. Feeling like we deserved a break we headed there. Ahhhh comfy bed and hot water for 2 nights is heaven. Caraz in a picturesque little town with nice restaurants.


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We also had some time to look over the bikes and Dan found that his pannier rack was broken. This was either too much rough road or one of the deeper mud patches had a big buried rock. The hotel owner went with him to a local welder who fixed it up in no time. These are the bare wires he put in the socket to weld.



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Old 07-12-2014, 10:11 PM   #722
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Canyon del Pato

Well today is the big day we spent 4 days to get to. The famous Canyon del Pato. It is a short drive up the 3 N on the pavement until you hit the canyon. The final destination for the day was Huacho in 460 km.

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Dan’s 800 hit a big one today!




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Old 07-12-2014, 10:14 PM   #723
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Canyon del Pato

We were sadly under whelmed. There is about a 20 km section with cool narrow tunnels, but not much else. It is not even in our top 100 rides let alone top ride as others have claimed. It is lucky however that the 4 days to get here were epic. The canyon section is now paved, but covered in a layer gravel for added danger. If I did it again I’d go up the canyon and back to the 3 and continue north to meet the Pan Americana at Trujillo instead of continuing past the canyon to Chimbote.



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Old 07-12-2014, 10:17 PM   #724
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Canyon del Pato

The rest of the 150 km is not scenic, but is good dirt except the last 50 km, which is washboard and potholes. We were happy to make it off to the pavement at that rate.



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Old 07-13-2014, 12:21 AM   #725
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Are you going to Huaraz?

I went climbing down there back in the mid 80's in the Cordillera Blanca range. Climbed Artesanraju. Beautiful area.
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Old 07-13-2014, 06:32 PM   #726
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We just drove thru on the way north to Caraz. Must have been great climbing.

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Old 07-13-2014, 06:36 PM   #727
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Back to the Pan Americana

Now we headed the 50 km to the Pan Americana and then south to Huacho.
Last December we had stayed here and knew we could cross Lima and make it to Nazca in 600 km in one long day. We had forgotten the coast view = sand all day.



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Back to the Pan Americana

Getting on the road at 6 am it was just light and so we made it to Lima and through to the other side at 150 km in 3 hours in very heavy traffic. In fact on 3 occasions the entire freeway was stopped for up 10 min. Last time we were in Nazca we had an even longer day and arrived at dark, while today we arrived at 4 pm.


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Old 07-14-2014, 09:41 PM   #729
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Arequipa Peru

We planned for another mega day today of 588 km on the Pan Americana. It is at least scenic south of Nazca and curves along the seaside and then inland to Arequipa.


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There was an amazing amount of truck traffic. The last 50 km into Arequipa took over an hour and then the entry to the city from the south is totally blocked so you have to detour 10 km to the north entry to access the historic center. We were so mentally and physically burnt by the time we arrived we could not remember the name of our hotel. Luckily the traffic police let us park here and we used a nearby hotel’s wifi.

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Old 07-14-2014, 09:42 PM   #730
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Arequipa

This town has a very nice historic center but does not hold a candle to Cusco. We were beat so we just relaxed and did a bit of walking around the Plaza de Armas. There is a nice bridge near by built by Eiffel.


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We went to a great restaurant called Zigzag for a “fancy night out”. You had to wear a bib to project your clothes from the sizzling meat.

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Old 07-15-2014, 08:09 PM   #731
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Colca Canyon

Picking up the bikes at the Cochera (parkade) we met a large group of riders from Sweden. We are actually FB friends with one of them Thomas and he has been following our blog. They all know our good friend Orvar (king of Sweden).


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We decided at the last minute to forgo the apparently very bad road in the back way to Chivay and opted for the paved 180 km.


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Colca Canyon

This is a stunning ride over a pass to almost 4900 m. There are tons of stacks of rocks left by other travellers and a shrine to the Pachumama.


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Old 07-16-2014, 08:56 PM   #733
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Yanque

The road down into the valley is a switchback on a sketchy paved road. We decided to stay in the next town at Yanque at 168 km.


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Old 07-16-2014, 08:57 PM   #734
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Colca Canyon

There are a few km of pavement past the town and then it’s dirt for about 70 km to Cabanaconde.



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Old 07-16-2014, 08:58 PM   #735
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Colca Canyon

It’s a good thing we did go on the paved route into Chivay, because the “good” part of the road thru the Colca Canyon was a terrible 60 km of very rough road. So much we had the first real trauma since the Quito failed stator broken/dislocated toe incident. With a combination of the horrible road and Sara not tightening the lid to Dan’s tool tube, we lost Sara’s very good long john top that was padding our very nice thermos and of course the lid to the tube. Dan went back to look for it, but with 70 km of terrain and 1 hour till dark it was futile. That said the Canyon itself is beautiful, but I would not suggest you make a special trip here. There are so many other beautiful places in Peru that are easier to get to and you do not have to pay a 30$ per person park fee. This is great if you plan to spend a week here hiking, but not a day or two. Dan did some off roading down the hiking trails for a better view.

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