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Another Week in Cuzco

Posted by on May 13, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 4 comments

Well after returning to Cuzco from Maccu Picchu, I decided to take advantage of Eden’s offer to help with the bike. He rode it over to the shop for me, where I had the folks re-align all the crooked things after my crash. I also had them change the oil. Later, I got my first ride on (the back of) my bike as Eden rode it back to the hotel for me. Here’s a picture of Nick as he readied himself for a ride with Eden: Great Moto Gear, eh? I cringed, since they were setting out to ride the same road I crashed on… Have fun guys! My bike crammed in the little shop: Here’s lunch: I had to walk back to the hotel and get my forgotten oil filter 🙁 I had some time to kill waiting...

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Machu Picchu

Posted by on May 12, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 3 comments

April 2, 2010 At long last, I am on my way to visit Machu Picchu. They told me I would be picked up at my hotel between 5:30 and 6. I was finally picked up at 7 (after the guy had come to my hotel inquiring after someone else who didn’t exist!) He drives us across town, then parks at a gas station for a good hour. no explanation. Frankly, I feel like my day would be a whole lot better if I could get a cuppa  coffee! It’s a van ride up past Ollantaytambo (where we stop for a quick pottie and coffee break–cute town but crawling with gringos!) Gorgeous road. Dang! Too bad I am not riding! I don’t get the opportunity to take too many pictures because I am in the van. It’s a lot of...

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Being a Tourist in Cuzco

Posted by on May 6, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | Comments Off on Being a Tourist in Cuzco

So, with a broken mitt I decide to be a tourist for the day. First stop, the tour office, where I regretfully tell them I need to take the real tour and not ride my motorbike to Santa Teresa. Next, I figure I will go see the market and pick up a sweater since I left my fleece behind a couple countries ago (Cuenca, Ecuador) and it might be cold up at Macchu Piccu. It´s Semana Santa (still) and so all these folks are lined up in this plaza selling cookies…doesn´t make sense to me, all these people selling the same cookies, but oh well. Peruvian cottage industry. Whoa! I just realized (and too bad it´s a month later!) I actually caught a picture of a robber… The woman with the green scarf was walking along with her man,...

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Eden

Posted by on May 3, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | Comments Off on Eden

OK, so I met another crazy DR650 rider, Eden Connell, from Australia. (http://zoominwitheden.com/) He read a post I made on Horizons Unlimited (www.horizonsunlimited.com), a web site for motorbikers, and discovered we were riding the same bike (which, it turns out, is an unusual mode for this trip). Anyway, he just wrote a hello email to me, saying he was in Cuzco. I was in Cuzco. Tada! We decided to meet for breakfast. <> I love other people’s stories, so here’s Eden’s: He was traveling for several months in the USA, Central America, and when he got to Colombia he met an Australian motorbiker that wanted to sell his bike. Voila! The decision was made (he had motorbike experience at home) and now he’s one of us Moto-Travelers. He’s taking the s-l-o-w- road South, and he’s got a refreshing attitude...

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Around Cuzco

Posted by on May 1, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | Comments Off on Around Cuzco

March 30, 2010 It was Semana Santa (Holy Week), and today was the big day. The Senor de los Temblores was going to make his march around the city…People lines up HOURS beforehand… Yup, it rained pretty much every day I was here. Guess which one’s the politician? After the parade, some detail on a light post. I Like! OK, here´s the scene at the train station…Macchu Piccu JUST opened, tourists from everywhere are scampering to book their tickets, there´s a rumor on the street that you will not be able to purchase entry to Mp without a round-trip train ticket… There are 60 people ahead of me in line. I hand back in my ticket–it’s just not worth it! I guess I won´t see Macchu Picchu after all…poor me. It was gonna be one of the highlights of the trip. I...

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Nazca – Cuzco

Posted by on Apr 25, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | Comments Off on Nazca – Cuzco

March 26, 2010 Nazca – Puquio I rolled out of Nazca at 8 am, and within 5 miles I was climbing like crazy and into some chilly mountain air. At the top of one of the passes I saw a familiar bike…and pulled in and caught up with Bruno and Nathalie (the Brazilian honeymooners). It was really great to see them. We pulled out  together and rode a little bit together. They were having some issues with the altitude 9rather their bike was) and so at some point I passed them. Bummer… …because I found out later TWO MINUTES after I passed them their tire went flat. (When I saw them in Cuzco they also showed me a video of a Vicuna giving birth…how cool is that?!? Ben gets a pic of a pair mating, Nathalie and Bruno get...

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