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My (first) encounter with the Peruvian police…

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

March 3, 2010 (continued) And then the single line opens up onto wide open space and the race is on…gravel, bumps, throttle to the max…the adrenaline is high… I attempt to capture Mr. Big cop for record (and fail miserably) We are racing, I am accelerating hard, running through the gears, god it’s been hot waiting in the sun… … And WAHM! Clunk? What the hell? Pull in the clutch. Losing speed… OMG, I think my chain broke?!? (How the heck do I know what this is? never happened to me before) PLUS I just got a new chain in Panama… SheiBa. vroooooooooooommmmmm…and down to nothing. I pull over. SheiBa! Broken Chain. I shut the bike off. Bike won’t go into Neutral… SheiBa. Did I wank the engine? Am I done? Is my trip over? SheiBa. All traffic passes,...

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Welcome to Peru!

Posted by on Apr 1, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 2 comments

March 2, 2010 Welcome to Peru! Why is is that most borders are at a river? I guess it’s boundary that does not move so much. But hey, I cross the river and there’s the “border pig”. My lucky day! I go to the Migracion office, get a form that I have to fill out. THEN, I have to take the form to the police. Nobody home, but there are 5 people shouting at me (typical at borders). Luckily they are pointing, and for once everyone is pointing in the same direction, too, so I shrug and walk in that direction. oh. Silly me. I get logged into another book, chit chat with the officer, who tells me welcome! Macchu Piccu is  now open (NoT! I heard on the news  earlier that it would be mid-March!) He tells me...

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**Newsflash** I am going to see Macchu Piccu

Posted by on Mar 30, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | 4 comments

I’m going to see Macchu Piccu! I’m going to see Macchu Piccu! Did I mention I’m going to see Macchu Piccu?!? I just booked a four day tour that leaves Friday. Whahoo! (remember that I CRIED when I found out MP was closed two months ago…) But I guess I’d better get writing about my adventures in Peru that led me here… Please follow and like...

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Resurfacing…

Posted by on Mar 23, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | Comments Off on Resurfacing…

Well, the short story is that I got sick and got taken in by strangers. I had my second bacteria of the trip (read: chronic diarrhea), and also developed a bad cough. An acquaintance whisked me off to his Doctor, then home to his wife, and I stayed at Hipocampo for a week. Pepe and Carmen are wonderful people, and I spent a week in their compound resting, recuperating, and eating “clean” food. They have their own well, own tillable land, and are “off the grid” (read: barely any electricity, never mind Internet!). Carmen is a painter, Pepe is a scholar. They are close to 70 and have led very full and interesting lives. They opened my eyes to a great many aspects of Peruvian culture. I am now in Nazca visiting the famous Nazca lines. I have found...

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Rest day for Alisa (Huaraz, Peru)

Posted by on Mar 9, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Peru, South America | Comments Off on Rest day for Alisa (Huaraz, Peru)

[Today is march 9, 2010] I am staying put one day just resting. Diarrhea two days ago (2nd time this trip) and now a cold. I am 6 hours ride from Lima and need to get some things looked at on the bike…my chain broke and stranded me last week, and my intuition is telling me to get it looked at again before another big problem occurs… Hopefully I will get caught up on the blog, too. But first? HAIRCUT! Please follow and like...

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