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Post-Journey Recap

Alright, yep, my site is still not redirecting properly, but I myself am still alive and kicking. Had a little rough patch back in the Altiplano during which a few different factors collided all at one time – namely my budget crash, serious mechanical issues with my bike, some intense pangs of solitude, the intolerance of endlessly cold and gray days, and, to be honest with you, a lack of enthusiasm for the somber terrain through which I was riding. Actually, there were many other factors which played into this as well, but nevertheless I had to take action.

So, after Mom left Cuzco, Peru I decided to get on out of the Andean Altiplano and fast-forwarded my way to la Paz, Bolivia for some sight-seeing, then to the salt desert of Uyuni, before finally jumping on a train and heading to the Argentine border. Shortly after the border the scenery once again turned to a lovely, habitable green with dynamic red mountains and I once again felt the exhilaration and awe of cycling through the breathtaking natural beauty.

From Tilcara, Northern Argentina, I began pedaling my way Southward once again. I continued onward until reaching Cafayate, where I soon discovered that a friend of mine would soon be leaving Buenos Aires to move to Europe and decided to once again fast forward the trip down towards the city.

From Cafayate I headed to Tucuman for a couple days and then down to Cordoba to visit with some friends of mine there as well. Then finally it was off to Buenos Aires and the city life.

Well, here I am now, and I must say that city life has most certainly been agreeing with me. I’d taken the past week off from working on much of anything besides seeking clients and instead had decided to spend as much time as I could catching up with friends here – especially before some of them left for other parts of the world. However, now its time to start planning and figuring out the next steps once again, so am getting back into brainstorming mode.

Will get some more thorough accounts of the details of the past two months up in the next few days and keep you all posted as to what other news comes up. At the moment I’m in Buenos Aires working out some dental issues until further notice, and since soon it will be Semana Santa (Easter Week) here in Buenos Aires, that may be postponed until a bit later (when everyone comes back to work).

For now enjoy the photos, which I’ve been trying to upload periodically, and I will try to get things moving soon!


Lima Bean

TortugasSo, guess who’s finally in Lima?  To catch you up, after I left Trujillo I scooted down the desert coastline to a town called Casma to see the ancient ruins of Sechin.  However, I figured I’d also say one last goodbye to the coastline by taking a little side-trip to the beach at Tortugas and lazing away the day by the water.  Although it was a strange little beach-town surrounded by infinite desert and with gray pebbles all along the surf, it was actually quite a nice and sleepy atmosphere for just forgetting the world (although I suppose I don’t really need much help with that these days).  Of course, regardless of how much sunscreen I was wearing, I still managed to get burnt, but hey, it was a small price to pay for one of the most amazing sunsets of my journey.

SechinThe following day I was up bright and early and in a moto-taxi (basically the Latin American name for a tuktuk) on the way out to Sechin.  Although the ruins themselves were somewhat insignificant, the bas relief carvings were either amazingly well preserved or… restored – hey, who the hell knows, right?  After a short visit it was time to head back to the super-chic and super-cheap hostel where I was staying and catch my bus up to the mountain city of Huaraz in the Cordillera Blanca.  At 11:00am we were off and it was a loooong, bumpy road.

After about six hours of non-stop uphill climb on a one lane dirt track from the sandy deserts, through shale and rock foot-hills, and to fertile, misty Andean mountains, we finally began a short descent into the valley of Huaraz.  Of course, little did I know at the time, or until this morning when I left, that it was surrounded by absolutely stunning white, snow-capped peaks on almost every side.  Well, why didn’t I know?  Because in my four days there it rained and was overcast every single day – plus fufufufreeeezing cold.  But fortunately, in the mornings we did get some clear weather and I managed to get in on an incredible hike up to breathtaking (literally) turquoise mountain lagoons surrounded by snowy mountains (in which, yes, I did go swimming – agh!), and a morning of rock climbing – after walking through a frigid mountain river up to my knees barefoot.

Cloud-BreakSo yeah, you could imagine that when I left this morning I had had a wonderful time… but was more than ready to get back to the dry heat of the Peruvian coast.  So after a seven hour bus ride down from Huaraz, I’m now in Lima for a few days, before taking the next few legs to Cuzco to meet Momster.  As far as my schedule, I believe that I’ll be in Lima until Thursday, and then will head to the tiny desert oasis of Ica further South to do some sand-boarding (I think its obligatory if you come to these parts of Peru).  After that, a quick jaunt to Arequipa to see the city built from sparkling volcanic rock, and then finally the climb to Cuzco to finally be reunited with my long-lost mother (you can imagine that its been a while).

Oh, and tooooons of new photos up in the gallery – not my favorite work, but hey, at least it tells a story.  Hope you enjoy and more to come about the scandal and excitement of the big city soon.


The Road to the Peruvian Border

Mexico in CuencaI’ve had a few requests as to my route over the next few weeks, and as I may soon lose most contact with the world (with the exception of a stop in about three to four days) and not be sitting in front of my computer waiting for FedEx all day anymore, I figured I’d go ahead and clue you all in while I still can.

Tomorrow morning I’ll be cycling South from Cuenca and I believe that it is about a three to four day journey to Vilcabamba, where I’ll take one more break before heading on to the border.  Between here and Vilcabamba I’ve been told that it might be somewhat trying terrain, and, thereafter it is supposed to be brutally unfriendly weather in addition to the endless up and down mountain landscape.  I think that from Vilcabamba to the Peruvian border it will be about three to four days.

Then after the border, there doesn’t appear to be a whole lot of civilization for the next few hundred miles.  That means that I’ll be traveling through small provincial villages and mountains until I reach the Chiclayo, on the Peruvian coast.  Chiclayo should be a decent small sized city and will mark the beginning of my ride down Peru’s desert coastline.

Either way I’ll try to send you all an update from Vilcabamba in a few days to let you know the outlook.  Until then, peace!  I’m (finally) out!

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