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Old 11-09-2012, 04:39 PM   #136
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Great pics of Ecuador! Hope you will come back and visit!
Hi CourtRand: glad you liked the pictures, that's a beautiful country you live in and yes I'm hoping on my way back up I'll be able to stay even longer

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Old 11-09-2012, 09:32 PM   #137
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Peru? Disappointment? I'm all ears!
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Old 11-10-2012, 10:45 AM   #138
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:16 AM   #139
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Peru? Disappointment? I'm all ears!
Well I'm really glad I have to eat my words, not 100% but about 98% of them, stay tuned

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Old 11-21-2012, 07:17 AM   #140
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Fixed that for you
Now thats funny, I wouldn't go to Dartmouth for awhile if I were you
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Old 11-21-2012, 08:37 AM   #141
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As stated my first impressions of Peru were really bad, as soon as we left the border we could see more garbage floating around the countryside and as we got further in it was absolutely disgusting. It was desert we were riding in and you could tell when we as we were approaching the towns and cities, they were hauling their garbage out into the desert and just dumping it beside the road, I didn't take any pictures of it I'm afraid.

But as we went down the coast it got a lot better



it was hard to believe but these guys would drive kms into the desert to make a few solas




when the desert became cleaner it was a fascinating place



I forgot to mention after we crossed the border and got into the towns the drivers were insane, after I got used to driving south of the US border I could always see the flow of the traffic and how it was working even though it looked absolutely chaotic, in the northern parts of Peru it was every man for himself and it was truly scary trying to get through

headed for the little fishing villages for the nights



this is when I started to appreciate the true beauty of Peru and what it offers



and I guess the locals heard we were in town so they arranged to play a futbol game just outside our room




and in the morning



Ekki decided he was going to head into the mountains to do some riding but I wanted to head for Nazca and see the lines, so more desert

most travellers claim the coastal road of Peru is boring, now the road itself is, straight and in good shape but I thought the desert was fascinating and I liked the road being a lot easier to ride than the mountains just for a change




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Old 11-21-2012, 09:03 AM   #142
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Arrived at the nice little town of Casma where the oldest ruins in the America's are located but first Casma downtown




stayed at the Hostal Gregori, owned by a young couple who were doing renovations to the place themselves, nice people well worth supporting they were very helpful and couldn't do enough for me



and of course every little town has its den of iniquity, I tried to photograph it at it's most seductive



next morning on to the ruins, I took a tuk tuk and bargained the driver down to 3 solas which he bitched about on the way out, I don't think he understood when I told him I didn't have any sympathy for him, he shouldn't have accepted if it wasn't enough

the ruins were impressive not because they were huge and magnificant but because they were just - well, old and the people seemed to be particularly bloodthirsty illustrating beheadings and disembowellings in great detail





I have to apologize I'm having problems with photobucket not allowing me to get to all my pictures to download so I'm going to have to end this with a picture of a Peruvian hairless dog which apparently they use as footwarmers because their metabolism is really high causing them to be really warm, so here you go



ugly little beast isn't he!
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Old 11-21-2012, 09:51 AM   #143
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Leaving Casma it's all desert again, which is beautiful





stopped for breakfast and in wandered one of my friends for life



Peru is amazing you head down a highway and out in the middle of nowhere are ruins 1000's of years old





here I am are arriving,



I couldn't get shots of the lines, couldn't afford the price of a flight I'm afraid but walked into the desert to see the lines and how they were made, they appear to be furrows with all the rocks etc. removed making them different from the desert around. I'm afraid I can't explain why the wind hasn't just filled them with sand and made them disappear



time to head for the mountains once more though, before I hit the hills decided to stop and have lunch, a picturesque place out in the middle of nowhere



and lunch was a little strange, to me anyway, eggs and french fries cooked together, oh well pour on the picante and everything tastes good



life appears to be really laid back out here, waiting for the next customer



moving through the foothills into the little towns



a couple of the little places I stayed on the way to Cusco, view out the window of my room, when I arrived in town I was really low on money but I figured hey, the ATM's are always there---well I guess not Sunday the bank is closed and the one ATM doesn't work---luckily the woman who owned the hotel changed some Yankee dollars for me even though it cost me a bit


next little town



and the way the towns are wired



Next Cusco, the stepping stone to Machu Pichu

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:18 PM   #144
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Whew! Good to see you're still in one (albeit a smaller piece, according to your wife). Looks like you're still having a great time. Keep it coming!

And if she didn't tell you, I did speak to the lovely Jan this morning. Be sure to let her know if she needs anything (Man Wise) to not hesitate to call!

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Old 11-21-2012, 03:51 PM   #145
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Whew! Good to see you're still in one (albeit a smaller piece, according to your wife). Looks like you're still having a great time. Keep it coming!

And if she didn't tell you, I did speak to the lovely Jan this morning. Be sure to let her know if she needs anything (Man Wise) to not hesitate to call!

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Old 11-21-2012, 04:27 PM   #146
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Well I've arrived in beautiful Cusco, the doorstep of Machu Pichu. The city is beautiful and set up for tourist and the Hostal everybody had gathered at was great, old and in need of repair but the owners clean 5 times a day, breakfast is great and parking for the bikes was huge

there won't be much comment for this mostly pictures

but first the trip to the city itself









in the little town we stopped in Ernie insisted he do the navigating for tyhe next part



but he soon found he was more interested in food



Cusco itself











but when first arriving at the hostal this was the sight that greeted me, sidewalks all ripped up making it hard to get in, their redoing the whole of the old section of town



and what seems to be the meeting place for riders in Cusco







of course not all of the people were male, ugly and motorcycle riders



and of course Ernie has started looking for his own bike but he told me he tried this bike and decided he didn't like BMW's at all



more to come

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Old 11-21-2012, 05:00 PM   #147
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A few more pictures of Cusco before moving on

Here's Werner enjoying himself



and the courtyard he was fooling around in



and a little girl too pretty to passup




Well that's all for Cusco, I've included pictures of other riders because the people you meet are a huge part of the trip

Ever onwards and upwards to Machu Pichu

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Old 11-21-2012, 05:18 PM   #148
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Aha.... so he doesn't like MY BMW.........
I think we have to discuss that later this year
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Machu Pichu, one of the most beautiful locations in the world

the pictures speak for themselves but first we have to be by the front door ready to go at 0600 waiting for a taxi



and you very seldom see empty streets in South America



the train was exactly on time which wasn't the time the tour operator quoted by the way



arriving in Agua Calientes



and now Machu Pichu





I found the mountains here particularly captivating, I sat and juist stared at them for about an hour






an illustration of the number of people visiting even in off season










and to prove I was really there in person



waiting for the train to go home in the wrong station, we certainly had to hurry when we were informed we were in the wrong place and the train was in



just throwing these in, colourful materials the locals use



on the road again heading for Bolivia
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Old 11-21-2012, 05:49 PM   #150
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Aha.... so he doesn't like MY BMW.........
I think we have to discuss that later this year
Well Werner, you know Ernie buy him a beer or two and he'll change his mind, see you two down the road mi amigo bueno

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