Michnus & Elsebie Piki-Piki Around the World.

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by michnus, Jun 11, 2011.

  1. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    These type of roads are all over Peru and in the rain season landslides, mudslides and all other types of evil befall them. It meant we got stuck at roadblocks a few times waiting for earth moving equipment to clear and fix the road.

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    With the bad, there are also some good things happening. You get to meet and chat with locals also waiting. They chat about their economy, politics, their lives. And also the million questions to us, where from, when, how, where are the kids..? Well we sold them on the back market you actually get good money for boys.. girls not so much.. Their faces turn to horror for a few seconds before their instinct tells them I am talking straight bullshit. Some actually go full circle and ask really!? :lol3

    All the while we eat, drink, laugh and talk shit. Sometimes the strangest circumstances turn into the best memories with people.
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  2. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    Some locals told us about a place with the most beautiful waterfalls. Not many people go there, even locals. Whatever reason no one knows., but they said it is worth seeing and to make the detour. We head off early morning as it looks like a long day ride with all the twisties and dirt. Also, it has been raining for a few days and we did not know what the road would be like.

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    You have not done your day's ride if you haven't crossed the 4600m+ altitude crossing for the day. Luckily no rain and we could make good time.

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    Just love riding at that altitude, the air is crispy fresh with not much haziness and dirt.

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    We stop often to take photos and just take in the view. The contrast and landscapes are mind-bendingly beautiful. It takes some time to let it sink in.
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    You can see where Elsebie is riding?

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    This piece some generations ago had to cut it out to be able to horse goods between the sea and from the mountains. With the rains, the water rushing through the canyon was deafening.

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  3. Grynch

    Grynch Long timer

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    Incredible!!
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  4. poppawheelie

    poppawheelie Been here awhile

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    Triple like !!! Especially those last two pictures.
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  5. elron

    elron Still Standing Supporter

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    Playin it casual... Mr Kewl... but what a fantastic few photos.
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  6. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    On the way to the little village, we will be staying the road meandered next to this river with water run down from the snow capped mountains.

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    It is a beautiful canyon with the road coming in on the bottom right and disappearing on the top left corner. Nonstop dirt track with the most amazing views.
  7. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    This is what we came to see. 17km long canyon with cascades along the entire route. We stayed a few days and did some outrides into the area.

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    When people talk about Peru, it is always, ooooh we want to see Machu Pichu, have you been there? Fuck, people are besotted about Machu Pichu, but Peru is so much more than MP. Yes MP is something to marvel about. But here lies something that very few tourists come to see and even fewer overlanders that is in my humble opinion as good if not nicer than MP.

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    These were just walking distance out of town.

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  8. michnus

    michnus Lucky bastard

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    The entire 17km is littered with these small waterfalls. I can only imagine what it looks like in the rainy season.
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    Asking locals for some road advice. Hit ratio from getting what we are looking for generally it ain't good. :D

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    Any day riding stuff like this I consider a bloody great day well spend.

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    Making some coffee with river water... and then wait for it cool down to enjoy some whiskey to end off another kickass day :thumb
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    Don't take this wrong way... (or do)...."I love you guys".
  10. Lostmike

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    That was one of our favourite spots when we came through. Outstanding.
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  11. dano619

    dano619 Been here awhile

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    ^^ I Love you also!! :)
  12. lojo

    lojo n00b

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    It's taken me 2 weeks to get this far, truly an epic ride & story. Thank you & keep it up!