Saturday, August 4th In the morning, I took Nicole to go pick up her passport. Then, after much searching I finally found someone to sell me the saddle bags I needed.I got the bags for only $30, a steal when you realize they go for a hundred and up. We went to pick them up, but not before Nicole and I went to eat. While eating at a vegan restaurant, we saw a baby alpaca and goat that we had to pet and take pictures of. Back at our place, we began packing our bags for Puquio in the morning. Today was also the 7-year anniversary of my brother Najee's death. He was one of the people who pushed me to continue my quest, even after his death. He passed away in 2011 during a trip with friends on the Delaware River. What always struck me was that he was never a strong swimmer, and never went deep in the ocean. I was in extreme disbelief when I heard he drowned in the Delaware River. "I love you Najee and miss you so much.” R.I.P. Najee Powell Sunday August 5th - Monday 6th Current Location: Nicole Ramirez; Cusco, Peru Destination: Hotel; Nazca, Peru We woke up at 6am, but didn’t end up leaving until 8am. The ride started out really uncomfortable until about two hours in when I couldn't take it anymore and began trying to reorganize the entire bike. Finally, I found a combination that worked, and I even made a seat for Nicole to better secure her in case she fell asleep. The drive was smooth from there on out. But now, we had another problem. It was getting cold fast, and my headlight just went out. That meant no more night drives until the light was fixed. Luckily, we arrived at a rest stop just before nightfall and stayed the night. In the morning, we hit the road until we arrived in Nazca where we spent the night since my light was still out. There we met Aurora, who owned the hostel we were staying at, and she mentioned the Nazca lines. It was a famous destination known for its giant drawings strewn through the desert of animals and even an astronaut. They are a puzzle to scientists even today, and we decided to visit them the next day. Tuesday, August 7th Current Location: Hotel; Nazca, Peru Destination: Daniel Asfalto; Ica, Peru Today marked three months on the road, but it felt like I left the other day. At noon, we went to go see the Nazca lines, and they did not disappoint. Of course, the best way to see them is to fly by plane. But, since it was extremely expensive to fly for only 30-minutes, we opted for the next best thing, a tower in the middle of the desert. We didn't get to see all of the drawings, but the ones we did were interesting. To think that these were still standing here after hundreds of years was amazing. As we left, Nicole met a man named Jesus (no, not the Jesus), a guy who helped people cross the highway. She wanted to give him a dollar since he collected currency from all over the world. She couldn't find her purse, so I ended up giving him my lucky $2 bill. I didn't need it anymore. It protected me when I got hit by a car, and it brought me safely to Nicole. Afterwards, we made our way to Ica, and there we grabbed a bite to eat and met a woman named Xiola, the owner of the restaurant who not only fed us, but also gave us advice on what to eat in each town from there on because they all had their own special dishes. After an amazing time with Xiola, we headed out for some ice cream as we waited for our new host to get out of work. Daniel was President of Children of the Desert MC. He was kind enough to let us stay, but not much else. You couldn't expect every host to be warm and welcoming, but at least he let us stay with him. As long as I had a roof over my head, I was happy. For Nicole, it was another story. I didn't want her to feel uncomfortable sleeping on the ground or not having a blanket. So, I handed her the blanket and pillow I had and tried to sleep without them. But, it wasn't long before another couple arrived and joined us in the room. Now, I was really feeling as though I brought Nicole to the wrong place. As much as she wanted to travel with me the way I do, I didn't see us having much privacy in our current situation.