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Posted by on Apr 10, 2010 in Examiner.com Articles, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, Press, South America | Comments Off on Examiner.com Article up

Here’s Ken’s latest installment on my journey. http://www.examiner.com/x-378-Motorcycle-Examiner~y2010m4d8-MotoAdventureGal-update-Made-it-to-Machu-Picchu-broke-her-hand?cid=edition-by-channel-rss-National-Transportation&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+ExaminerNationalEditionTransportationChannelArticles+%28BG+Exam+Transportation-+KY_LocalNews%29 Please follow and like...

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Towards the Coast Again

Posted by on Apr 9, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | Comments Off on Towards the Coast Again

March 6, 2010 Celendin was a crummy little town. I got “poached” in front of one hotel and led to another, only to be told lies about there being hot water, there was construction going on in the hotel and there was dust everywhere, an while I paid top dollar (25 soles=$8.50) there were quite a few seedy characters in the hotel. I was a bit grumpy for all this and did not take any pics except this one. I went down the street to have breakfast and was offered soup. Ugh! I don’t want soup for breakfast, I wanted eggs! I got even grumpier when the waitress grumped at me, but I finally got some untasty eggs and some Nescafe coffee. I didn’t like my attitude so I decided to change it by leaving the grumpy waitress a...

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Connecticut Woman Single Handedly climbs Machupicchu

Posted by on Apr 7, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 5 comments

TODAY Well it’s been quite a week. As luck would have it, my travels and sequences of events have landed me in Cuzco at the same time that Machupicchu has reopened to tourists after the landslides that devastated the tourism industry here. Yes, it’s still rainy season here in southern Peru, and Yes, there are still landslides all over the region. Ah, but I am getting ahead of this particular blog post– I will cover that when I get to that in my blog. I arrived in Cuzco last week, and had all sort of good stufff happen to me here (also to be coered in later posts). I’d booked my tour of Machupicchu, and had two days to ride around the area. I decided to ride the Valle Sagrado, Sacred Valley, and make an overnight of it, taking...

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More Andes

Posted by on Apr 7, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 4 comments

March 5, 2010 Leimebamba – Celendin After my tour of the Leimebamba museum,  I realized I’d better get gas before moving on. Looking at the map,  my  best bet was to go back to Leimebamba proper (the museum is om down the road 6-7 miles). I don’t like to back track but better safe than sorry. Th fog had burned off and now the views were g-r-e-a-t! Here’s the gas station…but nobody around despite much knocking on the shack door and beeping the horn. Nobody home, so I ask some locals where to get gas, and they tell me the store off the main square (which covers a LOT of places, so I  to the square and keep asking who sells gas. 12 soles per gallon for 84 octane… not a good deal, but I am relieved to at...

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Leimebamba

Posted by on Apr 5, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 4 comments

March 4, 2010 (continued) Leaving Kuelap the views are just spectacular.  I’m more confident (aggressive) riding now that I know the road is really not as deserted as I thought it was.  I’m hungry.  I skipped lunch on the way in, and I am looking forward to eating in Tingo. I brake for sheep! I get down to Tingo and the one place to eat is closed. She tells me I can eat at the little store, but I have been there and I do not want snacks. Just then the sky opens up, and starts raining everything but sheep. Luckily they are still up on the mountain. I’m riding on this dirt road along the river in the rain for quite a while, and it starts to get dark. It dries up along the way, and I am...

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Kuelap

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

SO I tentatively rolled out just as the construction people were getting organized… Unfortunately, further on down the way they already WERE organized, so I entertained myself by making friendly faces with this young boy in the mototaxi. Here was an even shyer boy. I was in the middle of construction / dirt / dusty roads for an hour and a half before I finally arrived at Pedru Ruiz. (Didn’t look like the “jungle” to me, even though everyone kept calling it that). I got breakfast here (6 soles= ~$2.00).  Here’s my sorry coffee… I got gas (would YOU be confident in the gas bought from this service station?) On the road to Cuela I passed this spot where it seemed lots of people gathered…I don’t know what it was about but I had the impression that they were...

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