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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    We decided to take a tour around the area on the F 800. We rode up to the Jesus Blanco at the top of the hill and this also gave us a good view of the Saqsaywaman or Sacsayhuaman archeological sight and well as several smaller sights just off the 3S.


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  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There are smaller sights scattered along the side of the 3S.

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Saqsaywaman was a fortress that because of its position on the steep slope it only needed defensive walls on one side. This wall is amazing with huge stones that are more than 300 tonnes and are fitted without mortar.



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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Today we were up at 500 am to catch a taxi the 25 min to the train station at Poroy. The train we had was a vista dome and so are mostly widows and a glass roof.



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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    It is an almost 4 hour trip to go 100 km on this narrow (3 ft wide) gauge rail. The scenery was stunning.


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  6. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Inca trail!


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    In one section they do a zigzag maneuver down the mountain to drop 40 m in a very short distance.


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    We sat with a very nice couple Mike and Lynn from southern Ontario.


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  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Arriving in the town we wandered to the main street and found a hotel for the next 2 nights. Then it was time for some souvenir shopping and a beer on the balcony to people watch. We were waiting on Steve the tiger, who was riding up the back way to the hydroelectric dam (200 km) to catch the train from there. We finally heard from him at 620. He did make the last train at 430, but he had had a crash on the way and was in a lot of pain from his ribs, but nothing seems broken except his bike mirror.


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    Looking up towards Machu Picchu.



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    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    That's the day Steve had broken his ribs, right? You can kind'a see his pain!
  9. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes he was really in a lot of pain even with the Pisco! But he is a commando they are tough!

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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Getting up at 430 we were in line for the bus at 5 am and not even on the first 3 busses!


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  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We still arrived at the gate before it opened and saw all the poor youth who had walked the 2 hours up from the town.



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    Arriving at the first viewpoint we were amazed. We got our few photo ops done before anyone was into the site.



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  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then we wandered about for the rest of the morning. Highlights included the Inca houses, the observatory, and the Inca Bridge.



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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    After making it back to town we all decided to head to the hot springs. Where else can you sit in the hot pools and gat bar service!



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    Getting up late we had no rush to make out 1055 train the 60 km by train to Ollantaytambo.



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    From there we had to take a collectivo the 67 km to Cusco since the day time trains do not go all the way back there. This takes about 90 minutes and is only 4$ each. You get a glimpse of the ruins there and this crazy rock climber’s hotel hanging on the cliff.


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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Getting back to the city we decided to go on a tour of the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, which was completed in 1654 after almost 100 years and is on the site of an Inca temple. This place is very impressive and they actually have the original first Christian Cross brought to the Americas by Francisco Pizarro the Conquistador of Peru.


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    Today’s plan is a circle route 150 thru the Sacred Valley of the Inca from Pisac to Urubamba and back to the city.



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    First don’t use your GPS to try to get out of the Cusco you will end up on crazy steep roads that lead nowhere, “roads” that are in reality staircases, or driving in circles. We finally gave up after 45 min and just backtracked to the route we knew near Saqsaywaman and the white Christ.



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The first 30 km to Pisac is over the mountains and down into the valley.



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  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next 40 km to Urubamba is along the valley floor. We decided to go a bit farther up the road and take the back road into Moray. This is a red dirt road up the mountainside on switchbacks with amazing views of the snow-capped peaks.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Moray site contains an Inca ruins, which consists of terraced circular depressions, the largest of which is 30 meters deep. The depth and orientation to the wind and sun create differences of up to 15 degrees in temperature. The theory is that this was an agriculture experimental station.


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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Then we went further down the road to the town of Maras. Near here you go down another dirt road to the “Salerinas” or salt mines.



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    These are salt evaporation ponds have been in use since pre-Inca times. The very salty water from a subterranean stream emerges at a spring and is directed into an intricate system of channels feeding several hundred terraced ponds.



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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Finally its time to leave the big city for the 1500 + km trip north to the Canyon del Pato, for what is supposed to be the number 1 day ride in all of South America…..



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    Starting out from Cusco at 8 am we had plans for a big day (500 km), but ended up with only 297 km on what was probable the worst day of the trip so far.



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    We got out of the city very quickly this time as we knew the route now, but only got 10 km to Poroy to get gas and Dan noted his front tire was a few pounds down. We topped it up and continued on. Shortly after this it started to rain and we donned our over suits.



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    About 20 min later Dan’s front was flat and we had to change it on the side of the road in the rain, but at least we are getting quick at it now. Looking at the rim there is a small dent and likely the tube was pinched the day before when he hit a manhole with no lid, but with just crossed with rebar.



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    Heading farther up the mountain it was raining and so foggy I could barely see Dan in front of me.


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    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We headed up and down 3 mountains from 1800 m to 4200m.



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    On the first there was a lot of construction with a muddy dirt road where the 3 S had been washed away by several slides over about 20 km.



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    Then we came to a block in the road and they told us to go up this hill to get around the “deep excavation”. This was in fact a 25 km detour over the steep mountain on a very muddy dirt road in the now pouring rain. AGGGGH!!



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