Feb, 2016 - Start of first trip to Peru: It's cold in the north, in the Arrowhead region of Minnesota. With good advanced planning, I left -15*F to arrive in 25*C. I'm now in Peru for 6 weeks of riding. First time for me south of the Darien gap. This trip has been a long time in planning. I have a desire to ride from north to south across the Americas. I seem to be doing this in sections, and over a very long time period. I have the Arctic Ocean to northern Guatemala covered already, along with decades of side trips. Trip continues - destination Ecuador 2017: Post 128 page 7 https://advrider.com/index.php?thre...ountry-to-ride-peru-and-beyond.1124497/page-7 And then - destination southern Peru 2018: Post 235 page 12 https://advrider.com/index.php?thre...untry-to-ride-peru-and-beyond.1124497/page-12 Of the many options for a motorcycle in South America, including shipping a bike from North America; I decided to purchase a 250cc Honda Tornado from Toby Shannon of www.aroundtheblockmotoadventures.com Toby is a very straight up guy, and has many options available for the budget traveler. The motorcycle is in my name, and I can cross borders with it with no problems. I can also store it in Peru with no need for a TVIP. One other issue with a South American licensed moto is that some countries do not have agreements that allow you to get a TVIP, and Peru is the least restrictive with an easy go around. Arriving in Huanuco, checking out the roads below: The motorcycle. Look at those racks, custom built for my Giant Loop. No muffler burns there: On Wednesday I went out for a shake down ride in the mountains. My route was west of Huanuco, including the pueblos of Shishmay, Manzana, and Molini. It was all small bike dirt, although these are the roads for the towns. In some areas there were the little three wheel taxis, motos, cars, and even transport trucks. Lots of big potholes, gullies, and rocks. Very fun road. Farther up in elevation, I hit a lot of drizzle and wet. No big deal; I'm a tourist and I'm here. Stopped at the Hoscienda at Shishmay. Originally built by German coffee growing immigrants, and restored by the Peruvian government. Central courtyard and garden: The iron, silver, and wood work is very detailed and well done. Main family room and my senorita guide: Door and ironwork: Several locations, I saw these being used to plow mountain fields. Small town along the way. I saw a lot of signs painted on buildings, "Somos Peru", (we are Peru). Lots of pride throughout Peru - plus Latin American hospitality and welcoming to travelers. Switchbacks on the way down from an artesian supplied alpine lake. It was wet here, rain and drizzle: Rainbow at the end of the journey, coming down from elevation.