Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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  2. decodent

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    Are you going to Huaraz?

    I went climbing down there back in the mid 80's in the Cordillera Blanca range. Climbed Artesanraju. Beautiful area.
  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We just drove thru on the way north to Caraz. Must have been great climbing.

    Sara
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now we headed the 50 km to the Pan Americana and then south to Huacho.
    Last December we had stayed here and knew we could cross Lima and make it to Nazca in 600 km in one long day. We had forgotten the coast view = sand all day.



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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Getting on the road at 6 am it was just light and so we made it to Lima and through to the other side at 150 km in 3 hours in very heavy traffic. In fact on 3 occasions the entire freeway was stopped for up 10 min. Last time we were in Nazca we had an even longer day and arrived at dark, while today we arrived at 4 pm.


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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We planned for another mega day today of 588 km on the Pan Americana. It is at least scenic south of Nazca and curves along the seaside and then inland to Arequipa.


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    There was an amazing amount of truck traffic. The last 50 km into Arequipa took over an hour and then the entry to the city from the south is totally blocked so you have to detour 10 km to the north entry to access the historic center. We were so mentally and physically burnt by the time we arrived we could not remember the name of our hotel. Luckily the traffic police let us park here and we used a nearby hotel’s wifi.

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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This town has a very nice historic center but does not hold a candle to Cusco. We were beat so we just relaxed and did a bit of walking around the Plaza de Armas. There is a nice bridge near by built by Eiffel.


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    We went to a great restaurant called Zigzag for a “fancy night out”. You had to wear a bib to project your clothes from the sizzling meat.

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  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Picking up the bikes at the Cochera (parkade) we met a large group of riders from Sweden. We are actually FB friends with one of them Thomas and he has been following our blog. They all know our good friend Orvar (king of Sweden).


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    We decided at the last minute to forgo the apparently very bad road in the back way to Chivay and opted for the paved 180 km.


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  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    This is a stunning ride over a pass to almost 4900 m. There are tons of stacks of rocks left by other travellers and a shrine to the Pachumama.


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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The road down into the valley is a switchback on a sketchy paved road. We decided to stay in the next town at Yanque at 168 km.


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  11. Saralou

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    There are a few km of pavement past the town and then it’s dirt for about 70 km to Cabanaconde.



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  12. Saralou

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    It’s a good thing we did go on the paved route into Chivay, because the “good” part of the road thru the Colca Canyon was a terrible 60 km of very rough road. So much we had the first real trauma since the Quito failed stator broken/dislocated toe incident. With a combination of the horrible road and Sara not tightening the lid to Dan’s tool tube, we lost Sara’s very good long john top that was padding our very nice thermos and of course the lid to the tube. Dan went back to look for it, but with 70 km of terrain and 1 hour till dark it was futile. That said the Canyon itself is beautiful, but I would not suggest you make a special trip here. There are so many other beautiful places in Peru that are easier to get to and you do not have to pay a 30$ per person park fee. This is great if you plan to spend a week here hiking, but not a day or two. Dan did some off roading down the hiking trails for a better view.

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    We stopped for lunch in Cabanaconde. There was this crazy building just outside of town.

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    On the return trip we decided to get off the horror road and went down into the canyon, up the other side and back on the small local road.


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    Leaving Chivay we headed back over the pass to 4800+ m and back to the highway northeast to Puno in 284 km on the shore of lake Titicaca. This route is also over a second pass to 4500 m.



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    We stayed in the same hotel and ate at the same good Chinese restaurant. Since we had a short 137 km to Copacabana and the border to Bolivia we took the opportunity to get the bikes cleaned up from all the mud and changed the oil. This is turning more and more into a pain in the ass on the 650. It is very low and the tops of the bolts of the bash plate keep getting sheared. This makes taking it off a challenge. Also it has bashed "hundreds" of tope or speed bumps and is now mishapen and very hard to get back on. Keep smiling!!!

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    Heading to the border along the 3S there is no sign marking to turn to the north border to Bolivia so just head to the town of Yunguyo on the RN 2. The drive along lake Titicaca is very scenic.



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    The first step at the border is to head to the police office. They will check your passport and stamp your tourist card.


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    Then go to the migration building right next door and get your exit stamp.


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    The last step is to go across the street to the Aduana (note they are closed from 1230 to 130). Here they want your temporary permit. They will enter your info in a ledger and then into the computer. Then they will stamp your portion of the permit and give it back. Don’t loose this if you ever want to go to Peru again, since it is proof that you left the country with the bike.


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    Next drive up the hill and into Bolivia. Just past the STOP gate park to your left. Go down the stairs to the migration office. Fill in the tourist form and get your entry stamp for Bolivia.


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    Then go back up the stairs and into the Aduana (closed from 1-2 and it is an hour later here). Here they want your original title and a copy and a copy of your passport.


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    Then head 8 km down the road to Copacabana, which is a bit of a sketchy town. We got a decent place with a view. We had heard from the back packers at the border that the road to La Paz had been closed for 4 days. In fact they all took the bus back to this border so they could go to the south border to bypass La Paz and head south. We asked the aduana official and he said the road would be normal tomorrow. HMMMMM

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