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Nazca

Posted by on Apr 24, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | Comments Off on Nazca

Sunday March 21, 2010 continued Nazca! Have you heard about the Nazca lines? They are these lines in the desert–nobody really knows why they are there— made my overturning the rocks int he desert so that the darker sides of the rocks outline figures in the desert. They are best seen from high up, but I, being cheap, was not going to pay to see them from an airplane, so I paid a couple of bucks and climbed the tower. Nope, those are car tracks parallel to the road silly… Here’s the tree… (yes, those ARE car tracks on the Nazca lines — how disappointing!) The sun is getting low, and Id better get to town and find a hotel. Wait, what’s this? From way up in the tower I spy another moto-traveler. I watch wistfully as he/she passes...

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Leaving Paracas

Posted by on Apr 23, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 5 comments

March 21, 2009 After a week of R&R at Hipocampo, I felt ready to continue south. Here are some  sights along the Panamericana: Just south of Ica I got an imp: something I’d read in Lonely Planet I wanted to see, so I took a detour and headed West towards the ocean… I  followed this road of nothing to nowhere. At first I was entranced by the desert…it really is a thing of beauty. But after a while an inner voice kept telling me I should turn around. I was stubborn but this little intuitive voice was persistent, and soon I turned around and headed back to the Panamericana. I found this pile of onions curious in this land that wastes nothing… I pretended to be taking a picture while passing this guy…I have no idea whether he wanted...

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Hipocampo

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 1 comment

Well, the next week was a blur. I kept staying “one more day” at the hotel (ocean view with a clean room and free Internet and breakfast for $15/day? Heck yeah! The truth was, I wasn’t quite “right”. Each day I kept hoping I would feel good enough to ride, and each day I felt weak. I hardly ate, further debilitating me, and in my daily run for water or Gatorade I’d chat for a few minutes with Pepe who ran the artisan shop two doors away. A fascinating man in his sixties, he was an ‘expert’ on Paracan culture, and we had a wide variety of esoteric conversations, especially surrounding 2012 (which I keep finding more and more people talking about now…) Anyway, the fourth morning when I said I wanted to stay…oops, they had a motorcycle tour...

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Islas Ballestas

Posted by on Apr 18, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 2 comments

The Islas Ballestas are often referred to as the Galapagos of Peru (otherwise known as the poor man’s Galapagos because a tour costs only $15) Boats leave at 8 am before the sun bakes the tourists and before the wind picks up. It’s also prime time to see the animals. We  were told by the tourguide that the sea lions have no natural predators here, so they are extremely complacent. [Note to other travelers: The Lonely Planet Guide says go to Pisco (which you could see from my previous post it’s an absolute armpit!) and take the tour. I suggest going down to Paracas like I did because there are plenty of hotels there, and that’s where the tours leave from anyway.] Here’s our tourguide: It’s about a half hour boat ride out to the islands. Here’s an inscription...

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Paracas

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | Comments Off on Paracas

March 12, 2010 I got an okay place to stay last night and got to bed early. Next day I didn’t have too far to ride to my next destination, just a little further south on the Panamericana. I thought chinchas were bedbugs? I now entered the Pisco region, famed for it’s “pisco” wine, here for sale at a gas station. Ah. Pisco, the town. They suffered an earthquake a couple of years ago. Wow. This stinks. Keep right on going! Lonely Planet says that you have to stay in Pisco to take the tour of the Islas ballestas from Paracas…in my own mind if you have to go to Paracas for the tour, why not jut stay there. Pisco looked ike such a disaster I decided to try. I got a hotel almost on the beach with a...

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Advertising along the Panamericana Sur

Posted by on Apr 16, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 1 comment

March 11, 2010 I am happy to be out of Lima, and I found it interesting how this must be where all the “rich” people of Lima go on the weekends…look at the advertising I saw along the way. Some of it quite impressive…. …or in this case suggestive.  What do you see when you quickly glance at this? Translation:  “You need to baby the girls and thirst” Tampons. “Feel Free Like a Fish in Water” Advertising for the rich…above the heads of the poor. “Girls also have thirst”. Indeed. ha! This one stretched over both sides of the road… Creepy real. Funny! oops. I am catching sunset and still need to find a place t stay… Please follow and like...

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