Cycle South 2019 la segunda parte. From Ohio to Ushuaia (now in Arica Chile)

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  1. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Happy Thanksgiving my friend
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Thanksgiving dinner at the Wild Rover Hostal Cusco Peru


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    Just call or text my phone
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    I can’t Mark.
    Had to get a local SIM card for each country, and I don’t have international calling.
    But. I can use Facebook messenger or WhatsApp easily.
    So get Messenger and look at the messages I’ve been sending
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    I see they provided you with crayons. Did they have nice place mats for you to color in?
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Why yes they did!
    It was a cartoon picture of children sitting down as pilgrims.
    Rather than color it all in, I merely added arrows through each of their heads, complete with bleeding entry and exit holes.
    Figured I’d portray the Native American’s feelings as well lol! Looking back at the pic now, I see I also arrowed a Native American. Ooops. Friendly fire happens.

    Today I paid a visit to Peru Moto Tours in Cusco and had the pleasure of meeting the Manager Alejandro Luna.
    They rent nice bikes for Overland travel. And they really did have a nice selection of bikes, from DR650’s to Honda CRF250 Rally’s to Honda XRE300’s and more.
    To any of my friends envious of my trip, it wouldn’t cost you much to fly into Cusco and rent a bike for a few weeks and ride the Andes in Peru!
    Alejandro was nice enough to allow me to use their garage space to do some maintenance on Sunny. Oil change and oil filter clean (am using a stainless mesh reusable oil filter). Took the air filter out and cleaned it and re-oiled it. Man was it dirty on the outside but pretty clean inside...the oiled foam doing a good job.
    The oil I drained out looked terrible. As thin as water. Like NO viscosity remained. It was a random oil found somewhere in the mountains of Peru, branded as semi-synthetic Puma oil.
    This time it’s back to quality Motul 10w40 full synthetic oil. And I swear it felt better on the half hour ride back to my room.

    Thanks again Alejandro! Great group of guys there!

    Here is a link to their page!
    https://www.perumototours.com/
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    Champe Been here awhile

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    Glad to see you get it. Thanksgiving is a day of mourning for Indians.
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    Glad to see you get it. Thanksgiving is a day of mourning for Indians.


    Especially those tribes that are now getting rich off their casinos
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Yeah. Ends justifying the means.
    If only back then the White man could have made them more at ease “don’t worry Redman....we’re going to slaughter your people, and take your land, but no worries...in a few hundred years it’ll all be good. Some of your folks that are left will be allowed to make money running gambling establishments while the others left will be shoehorned into reservations and forgotten. It’s all good!”

    sheeesh
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Narrow backstreet in Cusco graffiti I like

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    An active business who’s entire door structure is original Inca stone. Look carefully at the two carved snakes above the entrance, both so worn as to barely be visible.
    Loving Cusco. It may have entered my top 5 on places to live after “official” retirement.

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    Isnt that stone work mind blowing!! Not to many craftsman left in the world who could do this kind of work, no mortar required in about 80% of that old stone work in the photo! Just look at the bottom stones and then compare to the top work , the top work was done by recent masons.
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    And the amount of ancient mortar-less areas in Cusco blows my mind B68A460A-6B08-4A83-A0F8-371186610004.jpeg A18BF2A5-3697-4495-9D35-95EF449DB5CF.jpeg DA93B99A-424C-438F-A1C7-A0C1522E7060.jpeg 42BA9EA3-6645-471F-8C0A-A0A9742FACE9.jpeg AB6D5F24-4BF4-45F0-878C-8B973538553A.jpeg 31434805-E651-4C3F-A6E6-964D5400EB98.jpeg
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    Wow,:hide I was there in 2006 and still talk about that work.
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    I wouldn't go that far - with today's tools it would be fairly easy. But the best Inca work is very fine considering their tools were made of just harder stone. You would definitely try to do a good job when ordered by your king, and this is the capital of the Inca empire, so they would have had the best artisans there.
    As long as you don't believe it was ancient aliens - that just gets a bit silly.

    I do like polygonal anti-earthquake stonework - a technique that was developed independently in other tectonically active regions around the world. The ancient Greeks were pretty good at it, but they had iron tools.

    Part of a 3rd century BC Temple of Zeus in Turkey:
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    It’s all done with smoke and mirrors....... LOL..... It’s some Beautiful Work.. Thanks so much for taking your time a posting all these amazing pictures. So many people go though life with blinders on and have no idea what the rest of the world is about. Thanks.
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    Today is my last day in Cusco. I’ll miss it and really enjoyed my stay, but it’s time to move on.

    I’ve got less than 30 days remaining on my Peru Visa and TVIP (temp vehicle import permit) so I’ll be heading out tomorrow for a 7 hour ride to Puno Peru where I’ve already rented a room through Airbnb for two nights.
    Two nights will give me a day there to go out on a full-day boat tour of Lake Titicaca, where I’ll see the floating islands made of reeds that the local indigenous folks live on. Looking forward to the boat trip!
    Yesterday in Cusco I had the pleasure to meet Liza Berg and Katharina Teut, two Europeans who, like Caro Botique, flew into Colombia and purchased motorcycles and are now riding together to Ushuaia! We (actually me lol....so excited to meet other riders and speak English again!) chatted a while and then I went to Nuevo Mundo Draft beer bar and restaurant right on Plaza de Armas and had dinner while sitting on the balcony people watching the square. Food was good. Beer (local strong IPA draft) was exceptional. For about an hour I was hit on by a local guy who kept getting closer and touchier lol. I plainly told him I was straight, and politely asked him to give me a little personal space, as at one point he was almost hugging me. He apologized and we continued taking. He really was a nice guy and we talked a long time about Cusco, travel and life in general. An Uber ride got me back to my room safely.
    Pics later from the new Nikon, including some earlier pics from the memory card I’m using that was in the broken camera that I never uploaded.
    I’m getting used to the mixed feelings I have when I stay somewhere a week or so.
    Melancholy and yet excited to be moving South again.
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    Yeah, onwards - I love it. If you're heading for Bolivia after Puno, please have a look at Amaru Muru, just a little off the main road.

    Perhaps you're heading straight down to Chile, I forget.
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    Continued goodness! :clap
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    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Will ride Chile as far south as Mono del Desierto and then head east into Argentina. At least that’s the basic plan

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mano_del_Desierto
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