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Old 07-18-2013, 05:32 AM   #46
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You have everyone who's reading this RR wanting to go there I know I do.How many people are with you and is everyone riding solo?
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:05 AM   #47
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You have everyone who's reading this RR wanting to go there I know I do.How many people are with you and is everyone riding solo?
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I've got a group of 10 with me, British, Belgian, Romanian and Canadian. Two couples are riding bikes two up, the rest of the riders are solo. And so far they're all behaving themselves
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Old 07-19-2013, 03:24 AM   #48
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Awesome place! Nice RR keep it going
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Old 07-19-2013, 04:11 AM   #49
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The following day found us saying goodbye to Ollantaytambo, I was suffering, jeez I was suffering, having somehow picked up food poisoning - yes, Miss Coates, Queen of the Iron Stomach was battling some nasty bacteria and oh dear the results were not pretty. You don't need photos, but I think you might get the picture when I say that I couldn't keep the Imodium (Lomotil) down to treat certain symptoms because I was vomiting so much. I warned my group, as I knew they would be following me along. lots of sympathy from them, sweeties that they are. The good news is that because I'm the only vegetarian I was the only one who got sick..dodgy quinoa dish.
I set off riding very gingerly. And of course it turned out to be one of those days when there are lots of bends and curves, luckily, focusing on my riding took my mind off the pain, vomiting and worse! I even managed to take a couple of pictures,



I was last to leave the hotel, and when I stopped at a police checkpoint 55kms down the road I asked the officers about the other bikes- only to be told that NO bikes had been through that morning. Oh great, not only am I feeling ill but now my whole group has got lost! I wasn't in a fit state to go looking- not sure where I'd start to look as the Andes mountains are a pretty big area!!

Finally my faster riders caught me up - with sheepish excuses about their lack of route finding.



Our hotel that night was a collection of cabanas beside a river, with its own chapel complete with, well, take a look for yourselves





I wasn't hallucinating, those ARE peacocks on the roof of the chapel.

The next day feeling better, I start looking around me a bit more.



As we leave the mountains, I'm wondering if I have space for some souvenirs in my tank bag...
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:27 PM   #50
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Just spotted this selection of pics in my folder- the journey back from Macchu Pichu to the village.

We went down the hill to Aguas Calientes to get the train, stopped for a drink, and suddenly there was a load of noise. I stepped outside to see what was happening and this was the scene that met my eyes



A brightly dressed band and some bizarre dancers on the roof.







It got even more surreal on the train when the friendly host was replaced by this



and then the music started up and he was dancing and clapping along, and then a fashion show started in the train aisle.



This is all going to make British Rail seem very tame when I get back to England.
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Old 07-19-2013, 11:48 PM   #51
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Back to those mountain roads with llamas waiting at every sharp bend



The front riders had pulled up at a small restaurant perched on a mountain-side with several lorries out front. Inside it had a somewhat unusual décor



Notice the moth-eaten, bedraggled baby flamingo suspended from the ceiling



And then we peeked in the kitchen




Where's TheReaper? he can usually be relied upon to comment on all things health and safety in the catering departments.

Then look a bit more closely and you'll spot the eagle which appears to be supervising the culinary preparations



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Old 07-20-2013, 07:24 AM   #52
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I hope you all made it alright after that kitchen experience!!
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Old 07-20-2013, 08:40 AM   #53
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Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Food poisoning can be very debilitating . Hope everything goes well soon
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:52 AM   #54
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Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Food poisoning can be very debilitating . Hope everything goes well soon
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Thanks for the show of concern- you've done better than my Mum and Dad who just thought it was quite funny!!

In fact I've just managed to dig out a picture from that day of the rubbish-strewn layby that I... no, no, no actually I just really needed to pull over and
... sleep.
I'd been riding for several hours, feeling like shit and having to really concentrate on my riding, not only was it cold and rainy but we were at altitude, attempting to overtake unpredictable lorries on twisty roads, crossing mountain passes. I was exhausted and knew I needed to sleep. I promised myself that as soon as the altitude had dropped to 3000m or less (about 10,000ft) AND the temperature had risen to 10 degrees (don't panic, in Fahrenheit that's about 50 degrees) I would stop somewhere, anywhere.

It seemed to take forever as I kept glancing at the screen to check altitude and temperature, finally those magical figures were reached and I started to look around. eventually a layby appeared and I pulled over.



Minutes later one of my fellow riders came past, I gave him a thumbs up to let him know everything was OK and then as soon as he was out of sight, I pulled off my helmet, and lay down on the ground in full bike gear and thermal balaclava with my gloves tucked under my head, within minutes, despite the steady rain that was pouring I fell asleep. Not the deepest sleep in the world, I think a part of me was conscious of the vehicles going past on the road just feet away. But I slept for a good half hour, and woke up feeling refreshed just as the sound of GS engines were coming down the hill. I jumped to my feet and was able to smile and wave to them whilst rubbing my eyes and shaking the rain off me. The GS Dry suit proved its worth, I was still dry. I changed my balaclava for a dry one and was soon back on the road and catching them up.
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Old 07-21-2013, 10:42 AM   #55
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Did you spot the local delicacy on the shelf in the restaurant? Yep, it's good old Inca Kola



Possibly the sweetest drink known to mankind and a big hit in Peru. I tried it on my first trip here and swore never again.

Back on the road, fuelling up



Tuk tuks everywhere we looked in some towns, this is something else that's relatively new over here.

Some great mountain roads that I was able to enjoy now that my sickness was well and truly past.


The landscape is starting to change



Cactus are lurking on every bend and the air has got drier. The temperature is rising, on this particular day it went from 2 degrees centigrade to 26 degrees.

In the distance a large shape was looming...Cerro Blanco, getting closer it's easier to make out that it's the tallest sand dune in the world.



I've travelled this road twice previously and both times didn't see the dune due to misty conditions.
I was waiting for my group to catch up and so decided to take a selfy with the dune in the background



The angle doesn't always come out right in a self-timed picture and you can barely see the dune. This was the best shot out of several that I tried (above), as you can see from the following sequence of shots.
after I press the self-time button and I'm scrambling to get onto the small rock in the foreground and smile nicely for the camera







Back up on the road and I'm there as the others rode past and I got photos as they cornered or slowed down





I took off after them, one of those days when the riding is just fantastic and everyone is grinning from ear to ear at the amazing surroundings, great twisty roads and lack of traffic.

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Old 07-22-2013, 11:47 PM   #56
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That evening we were buzzing in the bar, it had been such an exhilarating ride and we also had a birthday to celebrate



Peruvian Birthday Cake- - we went for large and Kevin the Geordie was delighted. We toasted him with wine and pisco sours.

We'd arrived in Nasca, a dusty desert town with a major draw for tourists...the incredible lines in the desert. Best viewed from the air, I've seen them before, so packed everyone off to the airport to go up in light aircraft.

They came back full of awe at the immense size of the designs and much talk was had about how they were created.
Errm, I didn't actually get the photos from the others of the lines, but I'm sure someone could find one and post it up here to show those who don't know, what I'm talking about.

Meanwhile, it has got very hot and as it's a rest day (once I'd done my paperwork) I grabbed a cold beer and did what any sensible person would do



I retired to the pool and took part in another knobbly knee competition!!!
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:23 PM   #57
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An early start found us bleary-eyed (or was that just the drinks from the night before?), in the hotel's rather rustic looking garage, getting the bikes out



The streets were quiet



as we headed out





The cactus on the edge of town standing sentinel



along a straight road



And into the desert itself




Where the waves of the Pacific wash up against the sand of the Nasca Desert



The early start had given us some respite from the intense heat and also meant the desert itself looked beautiful in the early light soon after dawn. We were headed south.

Further on, the road started climbing



As we approached a series of incredible cliffs with a great road carved into the side, hundreds f feet above the ocean



We caught up with each other at various viewpoints

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Old 07-24-2013, 05:01 AM   #58
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It's a beautiful place..your doing a great job with the pictures
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Old 07-24-2013, 08:02 AM   #59
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I see that all of you have standard tyres. How are they faring on the unpaved roads? No problems?
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No disrespect Paddy, but I think I'll get a second opinion...from my hairdresser
You have a hairdresser?
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