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Title: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 03, 2008, 04:15:34 am
This is the trip I have been waiting months and months for.  :wav:

The trip that sets the scene for our next couple of years in PerĆŗ.  One of riding at altitude on roads that have seldom, if ever been done before on DS bikes.  :deal:

I leave Lima on Wednesday morning. Itā??s a typically misty morning, the cold sea breeze mixing with the warmer land air and the smog of more than two million vehicles. Still its drawing close to summer now, so the mist is thinner, and the sun makes a meek appearance.

(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride1S.jpg)


The traffic is mostly against me, everyone trying to get into town for a days work. My job requires me to travel to work at Cerro de Pasco, a mining town some 300km away and at altitude of 4,300m. What a great excuse to go riding and get paid for it! :evil6:

At a traffic light I have the chance to glance at a taxi driver going the other way. He looks depressed, heĀ“s stuck in heavy traffic.  On the other hand, I feel fabulous. :ricky:

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This is what we have to contend with, even going in the opposite direction to peak hour traffic.
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Everyone jostles and shoves, there is no regard for lanes, lines or the timid driver, never mind bikers. ItĀ“s eat or be eaten, make sure youĀ“re seen, take the gap and above all leave yourself an escape route.:eek:


We live to the east of the city, so its not long before IĀ“m out of the worst. I also leave the mist behind.

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I see another biker on his ā??workhorseā? in front of me. 

An unwritten kinship is mutually felt and we exchange waves and smiles before I speed on.

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Stopping to get some empanadas (Cornish pies), I see this poor old lady trying to catch a bus. No one will stop to pick her up because they think she wonĀ“t pay. I wave one down and bundle her on before the driver realizes what is going on.
 
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A little later at the fuel station I come across another one of these work bikes. Seems you can transport anything and anyone on them!

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The main road inland connecting Lima with the Amazon from is called the Carretera Central, and is a fairly congested tarred single lane highway.

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The curves are amazing, but the buses, trucks and maniac drivers make it a very hazardous route in general. I prefer the smaller tracks and dirt roads, so I plan to run the Antigua Carretera Central, which is the old dirt road running parallel in the adjacent valley.

In Chosica, the last big town out of Lima, I come across the first of a series of hydropower stations.


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Water is channeled along a system of canals and tunnels from the main river far upstream and dropped down huge pipes into the turbines. ItĀ“s pretty impressive engineering and a really clean way to produce power for the city.
I turn off in Chosica, this is the view of where I have come from.


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The road is now smaller, with little hamlets and houses dotted along both sides.


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The road leads me on, and I canĀ“t wait to see what is around the next corner.


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Apart from Santa Eulalia, there are smaller villages which also have little ā??plaza de armasā? or  main squares and church. The bigger places have cathedrals.


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They are always neat and generally well kept, no matter how small and poor the village may be. People here are very proud of their heritage, itĀ“s refreshing.

I meet Enrico, who nearly dives off his bike to talk to me. I think his bike has character.

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He likes mine, can I sell it? I tell him itĀ“s not for sale. He tells me about his sister up the road who is really beautiful, I should meet her and her friend.  :3some: I tell him IĀ“m flattered but I have a long journey to make and anyway IĀ“m taken (pointing at ring on finger).  8)


The road on quickly narrows and big potholes and the gravel section begins. IĀ“m enjoying myself immensely.

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I ride for another fifteen minutes and reach the end of the tarred section. The route to the right invites me into the base of the valley, but the way to the top of the pass is left and up the side of the mountain.

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The road really starts to climb fast, and as I look back I am struck by the green valley floor against the harsh desert landscape. The drop off is tremendous.


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The condition of the road is not bad, with a bit of bull dust here and there, and numerous river crossings over small bridges mostly.


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A bit later, I look back the other way.

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I am reminded that this little single lane track leaves little room for error. You can see the road continuing on the next hill.

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Around the corner these three watch me with detached bemusement. They donĀ“t wave back. Is he going to slip on those rocks?
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I make it through easily and climb up the mountain above the village. The drop-off once again become staggering.

The road continues in the this fashion, and cuts above a very deep gorge perhaps 20m wide.

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 After a while the route opens out into another huge valley.
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A short tunnel provides a break from the exposure.

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The formations in the cliffs above the road are equally impressive.

(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride42S.jpg)


I try not to think of the huge drop below. This is what it looks like the other way:

(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride46S.jpg)

ChapmanĀ“s peak se moer!

I a bit further on I look up the valley, I think I see something crossing the over the river in the distance.

(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/CerroOutride44S.jpg)


As I get closer, I realize it is a road bridge!

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I have to see this! I race along, forgetting the awesome drop and the possibility of meeting oncoming traffic. it is a slight disappointment because I donĀ“t get a sense of the height when I on it.:

(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride48S.jpg)


(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride50S.jpg)

Perhaps my perception of height has been seared... :biggrin:

The road ahead continues up the valley, with the river climbing fast again to regain the higher elevation of the road.

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Itā??s a beautiful day, and I canĀ“t get enough of this place, so I take a shot looking back at the bridge.


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As I get higher and higher, the potato farms

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 are gradually replaced by trout farms. The river is full of wild trout as well.

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The track ahead has deteriorated slightly, and becomes little bit more technical with rocks strewn about. (http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride62S.jpg)


The gradient remains the same: 4%. I take my hat off to the engineers who built this road. A snapshot of my altitude shows me I am only half way to the topā?¦

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You can see the temperature on my bikeĀ“s computer is 19 degrees, it a little cooler than lower down but still plenty hot for this kind of riding.

I come across a group of school kids on a trout fishing outing with their teacher. I have to give this little blighter a go. He loves it and presses the hotter loud and long much to the delight of the others.

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The higher I go the smaller the trees get. One of the hardiest trees here is of course the Australian gum tree. CanĀ“t go anywhere without seeing these trees somewhere. Over here they use them extensively for firewood & charcoal which makes for dodgy, exploding  braais :xxbah: They alsouse them for building purposes apparently!!?  :eek7:


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The track is still not to bad and I am able to speed up on some twisties for a while.

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I get to a place called Barbar Blanca (white beard) which is a hydropower plant and coffer dam for feeding other hydro plants lower down.

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Most of the water does not go down the valley but into huge pipes and tunnels under the mountains.

Upstream there is a lot more water, and the road also get more tricky with bigger rocks and sections awash with water and deep mud.

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I see quite a bit of abandoned terracing of the steep slopes here and there, done by the IncaĀ“s.


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Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 03, 2008, 04:27:03 am
(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride81S.jpg)


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The track gets wilder and wilder, and riding becomes more technical.

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The weather is also changing fast, the temperature is down to 6 degrees, so I slip on my rain jacket and continue.

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Itā??s a bit surreal to meet people up here, but you do come across them from time to time. Itā??s a wonder how they manage above 3900m.

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The climb continues up a broader valley now, glaciated into a smooth shape many years ago.

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The rough track lures me on. IĀ“m totally addicted by the hundreds of turns, and the bike climbs easily over the rocky ground. IĀ“m so happy with my 800, its really performing well.

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I stop for a drink and to full up my water bottle. I am short of breath, but I feel fine apart from that.

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The mosses and lichens that grow up here are really something. The grass is also different, its high altitude grass, and the ground is soggy underfoot.


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The view is nothing short of spectacular, and I can see some old circular ruins that look like the ones at Suikerbosrand south of Johberg.

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Cataracts tumble down piles of collapsed boulders to join the roaring river below.

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I turn right up another frost shattered valley that almost looks man made. Huge talus slopes of rock.

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Near the top is this glacial lake.

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But itĀ“s not the top the road continues upwards....  :eek7:

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and reveals another lake. ItĀ“s incredible. IĀ“m overwhelmed by the sheer beauty and my mind buzzes from the lack of oxygen, making it a surreal experience.

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Its not easy keeping the bike on the road, one mistake and I could be in the freezing water 30m below,
.
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Around the corner I see a different coloured lake:

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The weather really gives this place atmosphere, like its alive, and benevolent, and its always changing character.

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Im at 4,400m now and the road is still going up. I see the snow line not far above me.

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Today is a good day: ItĀ“s quite normal that all of this is white at this time of year. The funny thing is the snow melts very quickly too. This is landscape of change. Nothing is too unusual here. Rain, snow, hail, sleet, sunshine and mist are the order of the day, sometimes all occur on some day. But there is always wind.

I navigate past a fifth and sixth lake, itĀ“s extremely remote and inhospitable.

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(To the voice of David Attenborough): Even here,ā?¦there is LIFE:

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(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride125S.jpg)



The road twists and curves a torturous route towards the top of the pass.

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The top is signaled by the presence of rock cairns. 4,878m.

(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride129S.jpg)


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But my ride does not stop here. I still have over 180km to go. I come around the corner and see this:

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The road gets slimy and slippery. New challenges!

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ItĀ“s sleeting hard now, I let it sting my face with my visor up: I dont care, IĀ“m enjoying the visual feast too much. :drif:

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Eventually I stop, meeting up with my work associate Julio, so I take the opportunity to change into something dry and put on my wet weather gear. I put on a brave disposition in the 3 degree weather.


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I look up and see a peak through a gap in the clouds. ThatĀ“s about 5,900m high, although it doesnā??t look that high from here.


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Its hailing and Julio retreats to the warmth of his car, shaking his head at me.

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The weather turns really REALLY foul as it normally does at this time of day up here. :sad2:

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Itā??s a real battle to see the roadā?¦ I feel rotten, itĀ“s altitude sickness kicking in. Yellow spots and stars appear in front of my eyes, I have a severe headache now and nausea washes over me in waves. The road ahead is perilous. IĀ“m  not sure if IĀ“m going to make it.

This photo shows more than I can actually see.


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To be continued  :ricky: /ā?¦.

If you would like to see further different pics in the another version of the report, go here while you wait for the update:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402175 (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=402175)

Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Plothond on November 03, 2008, 06:36:42 am
You really have a lekker place to ride

Enjoying this and waiting for the balance  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: rubiblue on November 03, 2008, 06:48:18 am
Nice Change of scenery, sweet mountain passes...
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: topbox on November 03, 2008, 07:22:18 am
that altitude sickness is real shitty, in LaPaz coming from sea level i couldnt breathe, the most severe headache and walking was hard work.
But what nice people !
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: letsgofishing on November 03, 2008, 07:43:10 am
What an awesome place to ride! Great pics Bloubul - can't wait for the rest!
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: JonW on November 03, 2008, 08:16:30 am
Awesome report and stunning pictures.

I wish I could get paid for doing that.

Great stuff.
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Matroos (aka JJred) on November 03, 2008, 12:58:19 pm
Jeez BB that is fantastic!!

Now I can understand your frustation for waiting for your bike such a long time...

That riding looks spectacular, keep'm coming
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Hentie @ Riders on November 03, 2008, 01:30:01 pm
Nice :thumleft:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Aquatic on November 03, 2008, 01:30:55 pm
Very Nice!!!
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: cloudgazer on November 03, 2008, 01:41:22 pm
Holy crap, thats cool.

Would love to visit South America.

Looking forward to the next installment.
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: MrBig on November 03, 2008, 02:04:52 pm
Wow, that's just fantastic!
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: buzzlightyear on November 03, 2008, 03:08:53 pm
Fantastic! 8)

This looks like the bridge leads into a gorilla's mouth (http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/CerroOutride45S.jpg)
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Carlos on November 03, 2008, 03:37:06 pm
I love those rocky river beds...amazing
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Malibu on November 03, 2008, 04:24:46 pm
WOW!

What else to say.....  :drif:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: popipants on November 03, 2008, 04:37:03 pm
dammm, that looks like an awesome place to ride!!!!!
 :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:


Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: RobC on November 03, 2008, 04:51:43 pm
Great stuff BB... Empanadas are blerry lekka!
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: kejago on November 03, 2008, 06:12:31 pm
Blimsem! :eek: Thumleft:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: JO GSA on November 03, 2008, 06:39:08 pm
Nice BB...ek wil dit ook gaan ry,,,,,,
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: BMWPE on November 03, 2008, 06:50:04 pm
Stunning  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Aprilian on November 03, 2008, 10:39:45 pm
Unbelievable!! The trip of a life time. Can't wait for more....
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 04, 2008, 07:10:01 am
 :drif: :drif: :drif:

Wow what a great trip to christian the bike with. That is some of the best mountain roads I have seen on any RR for a long time. Great bike, beautiful mountain roads, breath taking scenery. What more can you ask for..........and you are being paid to ride there.

Ain't life a bitch sometimes... ;) :biggrin:

Looking forward to the rest of this Adventure.

 :thumleft: :thumleft:


Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: bmad on November 04, 2008, 08:06:49 am
Very nice indeed  :thumleft:

Wow what a fantastic environment and change in scenery, weather, terrain, etc.
Can't wait for the next, but i will refrain for visiting adv for a while.  :biggrin:

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: esterne on November 04, 2008, 08:16:11 am
Absolutely INCREDIBLE !!!  :thumleft:  :thumleft:  :thumleft:

What a trip  :drif:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Yefimovich² on November 04, 2008, 08:29:38 am
Wow!

What an amazing trip! :drif:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Maverick on November 04, 2008, 03:50:43 pm
Spectacular dude, the scenery is awesome! Surreal to see the GS with GP plates in that environment  :ricky:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Usurper on November 05, 2008, 08:19:11 am
Awesome Awesome Awesome    :thumleft:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Ama ride ride on November 05, 2008, 10:06:02 am
Hell thats about 15000ft high :o It will take you more than a minute to freefall fack to sea level.


Awesome pics and RR. Man I love it. Keep going :thumleft:


Whats modern bikes limit when it comes to altitude? ???

Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 05, 2008, 10:28:49 pm
Thanks everyone for your comments, I really appreciate every one of them.  :thumleft:  Putting these together takes me absolutely AGES.  :-\

Plottie
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You really have a lekker place to ride

This is only the beginning! Later this month we are going to shoot up to Ecuador for a mountain trippie. :ricky:


Topbox
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that altitude sickness is real shitty, in LaPaz coming from sea level i couldnt breathe, the most severe headache and walking was hard work.

Tell me about the Soroche (altitude sickness). Sucking sweets helps a little, but riding with it is a very weird feeling indeed. No need for dope here!  :bounce:  :shaking2:


JJRED
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Now I can understand your frustation for waiting for your bike such a long time...

Yeppers, it was definitely worth the wait. :ricky:


Cloudgazer
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Would love to visit South America.

Consider yourself invited. :thumleft:
We have lots of space, and welcome bikers especially. Had some good braais with the okes coming down from the US on their way to Tierra del Fuego. By they time they get here, thier bikes look a bit moeg and so do they!

Buzzlightyear
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This looks like the bridge leads into a gorilla's mouth

You have a vivid imagination dude   :biggrin:  Are you an artist?  ;)  Appreciate your comments though.


RobC
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Great stuff BB... Empanadas are blerry lekka!


Thanks boeta. Empanadas are nice, except when theyre cold and they all you have to eat at altitude! :puke_r:


Mark Hardy
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Wow what a great trip to christen [fixed  >:D  ;D] the bike with. That is some of the best mountain roads I have seen on any RR for a long time. Great bike, beautiful mountain roads, breath taking scenery. What more can you ask for..........and you are being paid to ride there.

Im honoured to have your comments here and in ADV rider. Thanks so much!. :headbang:


Bmad
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- Wow what a fantastic environment and change in scenery, weather, terrain, etc.

I appreciate your comments big time too. As a fan on other threads, I know you have been waiting a long time for this too  ;) !


Maverick
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Spectacular dude, the scenery is awesome! Surreal to see the GS with GP plates in that environment
 
hehe, yeah  :ricky:. It must be that sick, vaalie, Gangsta Paradise mind of mine to come to South America with my larney GP plates!   :biggrin: ;D Still it reminds me of home, which is 14,000km away so they are of sentimental value. Still need to organise WD stickers though, the first set got lost in the blerry post.


Ama ride ride
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Hell thats about 15000ft high  It will take you more than a minute to freefall fack to sea level.
Awesome pics and RR. Man I love it. Keep going
Whats modern bikes limit when it comes to altitude?

Baie dankie ou maat ;). Not sure what their ceiling is, but the plaln is to hit the highest navigable road in the wolrd up at 5,900m sometime next year. IĀ“ll let you know if i make it.

The bike lost about 10-15% power above 4000m but really it wasnt nearly as bad as I thought. :ricky:

Its a feul injected engine and the lambda sensor did its thing very well. Bike with carbs have much more of a hassle a lot more coughing and smoke, and jets and stuff need to be fiddled with IĀ“m told  :eek7:. Actualy Im getting a KTM450 for christmas so hopefully I can give you a bit of a run down on that later.


I was a bit concerned about how it would perform up at altitude on weird fuel mixtures, IĀ“ll go into it a bit in my next post, which should be up for you to read while you have your morning coffee and oumas rusks at work tomorrow! :deal:


Ah...what I would do right now for a oumas rusk, a bit of biltong, some wors or some pap right now........ :drif:   :sad10:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Stofstreep on November 05, 2008, 10:44:12 pm
:o
WOW!!!!!
:drif:
:thumleft:

Wat nog ...... ?

erm....... o ja!!!

 :happy1:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 06, 2008, 01:43:15 am
Unfortunately the weather starts to mess with my camera. I come across this ruin that has birdsĀ“ nests drilled into it in neat rows.


(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/CerroOutride160S.jpg)



Then I reach a gate and battle my ass off opening it.

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IĀ“m not enjoying the altitude. Riding makes it harder, because you are burning energy to keep the bike on the road. 50km later, Julio catches up with me and takes a shot of me at my best.

(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/CerroOutride164S.jpg)



ItĀ“s not all that bad as it looks, just catching my breath!

Soon IĀ“m back with my feet on the pegs again. After a while, I meet this guy

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He is riding out of a little village


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There is a security gate for some or other mine and I have to sign in and out of the village. I think itā??s a hangover from the communist era. Access must be controlled. The gatekeeper is friendly enough, though.


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The road beyond the village is faster, and we gradually descend towards La Oroya.


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I meet a road construction worker in the middle of absolutely nowhere.


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The road speeds up as I gradually drop in altitude and itĀ“s great fun to slide the bike through some wide twisties towards a large river.


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Further on, the river becomes this large dam.


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Beyond the dam a steep set of hairpins


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Leads me to a dirt highway at 3,700m.




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I come across a high altitude golf course and after a short tunnel


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I hit the carretera Central again between LA Oroya and Cerro de Pasco.


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Turning left I begin to climb gradually up

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onto the ā??altiplanoā? which is the high-altitude plateau in the Junin Province.


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The clouds race across the plains, dumping precipitation in the mountains I have come from.


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ItĀ“s drying out here, so I race along this high speed road


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and test the bikeĀ“s top speed at 4,100m.  I wait till I get a nice flat straight bit and give it gas. I hit a speed wobble at 150, push through it to 170km on the GPS before hitting another speed wobble  and slack off. Must be those two inner tubes I have in each tyre. Or it could be my top box. I donā??t like speed wobbles.



As I always say: ā??Pissies will never be heroĀ“s.ā? Not sure I always live up to that motto though, I suppose I could have gone faster, but today I am a pissie. Anyway it was good to know that the bike performed so well with mixed fuel despite all the concerns mentioned elsewhere in this forum. I must say that on the technical riding I did notice perhaps a 10-15% drop in power in the lower ranges. While I enjoyed the torque at the bottom of second gear big time at lower altitudes, I found myself dropping into 1st a bit more often high up on the tight bends.



Just as IĀ“m slacking off from my high speed test I look up from examining my GPS, and there in the middle of the road is one lone (white, not black) sheep. Holy moly  :o , I had let my concentration slip. I locked up the brakes and the shocks soaked it up. Fortunately I had the presence of mind to turn back on the ABS brakes when I got onto the asphalt. I had three choices before me left, right or straight for the sheep. I chose straight figuring it would see me and run somewhere. Thirty meters out the sheep heard me, turned and promptly had a panic attack. So did I because I was still doing about 100.



She darted right- Thank God! Then she turned and ran back left to her friends on the other side of the road!!!   :eek: :eek:  Well I did sincerely thank the Lord, because I think I missed that sheep by a ball hair.



I was sure there would be wool on my foot pegs. It really was a close one.


I command myself to take it easy, but this is the home stretch and I am pretty tired. The last bit to Cerro de Pasco is an easy bit of dirt that cuts out about 15km. Gunning it along at speed, I come across a large pool of water which I decide to ramp. I know I wont mae it all the way accross, but my tired mind believes I can skim the back tyre on the water....  ::) I hit the other side hard, causing a huge splash in the tail end of the pool/lake.

Unfortunately it is about half a meter deeper than I think. I bottom out completely on front and back shocks. The splash is immense and completes my soaking. The force nearly throws me clear but I manage to hold on somehow. I stop and thank the Lord Im still ok. Dripping wet, I scold myself and my stupidity aloud: "JyĀ“s nĀ“ blerry moegoe, jou windgat #$%&%$&ā?. 

Thats over-confidence at the end of a long day.  I have been asking for it. Fortunately I have only about two clicks to go to get to my house in the mining town of Cerro de Pasco. I arrive to much fanfare. Its not until I get off my bike that I realise what the fuss is all about.  :xxbah: :


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My larney Hepco Bekker top box bracket broke off on the welds. Luckily it is still holding on. The round bars held, it was the alu plate that it was welded to that cracked. I must have hit the bike pretty hard.... (Anything else you guys think I should check for in term of damage??  ??? ::) )

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I am pretty tired after this ride. No. "Bombed" would probably be a more apt term. Anyway I sleep from 8pm right through for the first time at altitude. Normally you wake up in the middle of the night. But not this time. Here is me having my nightcap, a  whiskey & coke. ItĀ“s not pretty. We all try to be human I suppose.

(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro2ADV/Cerro1WD/CerroOutride238S.jpg)


Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: u-go on November 06, 2008, 08:35:12 am
but today I am a pissie.   ???

se dinges! Awesome report en fotos! En hope respek!

Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: vidaoza on November 06, 2008, 08:40:19 am
jissie, oukie.  Awesome! 

Am a newby to the forum and not sure how mr bluebull got to ride in South America (and get paid for it. bloody hell!!) .  Anyone mind pointing my to a thread or telling me?
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: Hoofseun on November 06, 2008, 12:11:23 pm
Amazing, amazing, this is o col.  I think I know where I need to go for 2010...

Zanda's bike is fine and no problems seen when I used it for a wek to test.  Think I must use it another week, it actyually commutes so lekka.

But again this trip is something to dream about, at least the substitude is that I know the guy doing it.

Waiting for the rest. :patch:
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 06, 2008, 01:47:43 pm


The trip back two days later is no less dramatic. Yes, I did actually have to do some work in the interim. At Cerro there is a large Zinc/Lead/Silver mine and in the current market scenario, things here do not look good at all. I sat in wall to wall meetings discussing emergency action plans to cut costs and how many people need to be retrenched. Not nice.


Here is a glimpse of an outer suburb as I pull out of Cerro de Pasco, a dump of a place, literally.

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IĀ“m not sorry I donā??t have more photos because it really is a mess after 400 years of mining without any environmental control. At least the guys are trying to do something about it now.

Back- tracking the route where I damaged my top box, I pass these two guys.

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And some more cowboys. Respect. They wave back.

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A short distance along the highway back to Lima,

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and I turn off right to go towards another gorge.

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I am this time accompanied by some of my work associates in cages because en-route we are going to visit and review a another mining operation. We are stopped by some guys working on a bridge. Everyone else except me have to go around. These boys like bikes.

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The route across the altiplano takes me twoards the Piedras de Bosque (the stone forest) national park.

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This is a surreal place with very strange rock formations.

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A colourful cemetery is set among the stone monuments,

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And a little closer to a place called Huallay (hua-yay) is a new hot spring thermal bath setup.


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The architecture is modern

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and does not seem to fit in with the surrounding countryside.



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Kids on their way to school in Huallay. The locals here are not friendly, itā??s a area known for rebellion against the government, and as recently as two weeks ago there were two people killed here in riots instigated by paid subversives apparently from Venezuela.


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The road winds through the streets set in among huge boulders

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Soon enough I am on my way out and up to 4,700m again.

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The road is excellent, with sweeping curves, but slippery so one has to keep alert the whole time.

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I come to an area that has miniature sized ā??mountainsā?. Itā??s a bit surreal

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I meet another fellow biker up in the middle of nowhere. Look at his bike. And you think IĀ“m brave???

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Last bit coming soon/...

Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: cloudgazer on November 06, 2008, 01:54:01 pm
Truly awesome.

Why do you have two inner tubes per wheel?
How?
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 06, 2008, 08:40:04 pm
jissie, oukie.  Awesome! 

Am a newby to the forum and not sure how mr bluebull got to ride in South America (and get paid for it. bloody hell!!) .  Anyone mind pointing my to a thread or telling me?

Hiya Vidaoza, thanks for making some of your first comments here!

I managed to score a job here. Im a mining engineer, and as most people know, mines are normally in place where there are excellent biking routes.
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 06, 2008, 08:44:17 pm
Truly awesome.

Why do you have two inner tubes per wheel?
How?


You do this to reduce the chance of having a puncture.

This is a trick MX Adventure showed me: you take two tubes, the outer one you cut out the valve and then you slice it open on the inside around the whole tyre. Slip the inner into the outer tyre with the valve in the position of the hole where you cut the other tyre out, and BobĀ“s your aunty ;D you put the whole lot in, begin careful not to pinch anything.

I havent had a puncture yet.
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes (Updated)
Post by: bmad on November 07, 2008, 07:48:09 am
Wow  :thumleft:

Awesome photies
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes (Updated)
Post by: Carlos on November 07, 2008, 11:07:12 am
how amazing those rocks are - that pic could be straight out of a national geographic http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro3ADV/CerroOutride364S.jpg
EXCELLENT!
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes (Updated)
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 07, 2008, 07:38:54 pm
Im honoured to have your comments here and in ADV rider. Thanks so much!. :headbang:

No Sir the Honour goes to you and this excellent report.



I come to an area that has miniature sized “mountains”. It’s a bit surreal

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Now that is Front Page of any BMW brochure..... :thumleft:

or any Bike Adventure advertising
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes (Updated)
Post by: Jerrycan on November 07, 2008, 09:49:10 pm
Excellent nail biting stuff, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Touring the Peruvian Andes (Updated)
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 11, 2008, 03:18:36 am
I negotiate a herd of llamas. No trip in PerĆŗ is complete wihtout seeing llamas.


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These cuddly creatures always seem to have an indignant air about them. Dont get too close though, because they love to belch up and squirt evil smelling stomach contents into your face if they think youre going to hurt them. And they have a sheep like intelligence too so you canĀ“t put anything past them!
 
There is the very occasional farmhouse up here. I guess theyre the ones who own the llamas.



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The mountains in the distance mark the edge of the escarpment down to the coast.


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As I get closer, one particuler peak rises above me.



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I arrive at a small mine and get my photo taken in biking gear in the pit, much to everyoneĀ“s amusement.



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A couple of hours later my work here is complete and I must move on back to Lima. The road ahead is a reasonably fast one.



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Once again the weather is moving in.



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I go past a couple of glacial lakes. The colours are awesome.



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I manage to miss the worst of the weather as I go over the top, its not as high as the other pass, 4,600m.



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Its a pretty wild and desolte place here, nevertheless.



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I ride past this beautiful lake. Julio gets a photo of me.





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This is what it looks like the other way. It must be close to 100m straight down into the water from here.



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The road drops fast down to the coast from here onwards.



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What a great place to have sheep farm!



(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro3ADV/CerroOutride425S.jpg)





The gorge narrows and the dropoff increases.



(http://i312.photobucket.com/albums/ll338/Bluebull2007/Cerro1ADV/Cerro3ADV/CerroOutride429S.jpg)





But not for long.



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I get to the altitude where the inca terracing begins. Some of the land is still worked today.  Did you know they have over 150 different kinds of potato in PerĆŗ?



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Here is the farmer with his donkey. This is most comment form of transportation in these parts.

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At last I get closer to civilization again. Here is the first village.



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After this I still have over 3400 m to go, but once I reach Canta, the road turns to tar and I enjoy the twisties too much to take pics.



IĀ“ll hopefully do another pass later this week so if you liked this thread, please come back here for updates (or should I post in the main RR section?? after all I am south African  :mwink:)
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: cloudgazer on November 11, 2008, 09:21:27 am
Jeez, that place looks like heaven.
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 11, 2008, 06:30:44 pm
Jeez, that place looks like heaven.

DS heaven for sure.

BB thanks for showing us a beautiful part of this planet that many of us never experience for ourselves.

Your photos give a good idea what it must be like there, I think.

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Looking forward to your next trip.
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: BlueBull2007 on November 11, 2008, 07:25:15 pm
Thanks again guys. Youre making me skaam with all your comments! ;D

Actually Im riding the same route tomorrow with my wife D on her 650GS and hopefully another american guy who is overlanding from Panama to Tierra del Fuego on a KLR. His bike in in for repaors today, so weĀ“l know in a couple of hours if heĀ“s coming too.

Then, next week I have ride to another different mine (damn work can realy be drag sometimes!! ;D). Next weekend we plan to leave for Ecuador to the north on a 2 week ride & tour, mostly dirt, should be excellent!

So we are getting a LOT of riding in at the moment.
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 11, 2008, 07:31:58 pm
Yay more ride reports coming from you.  :thumleft:

Just about start reading your rr on ADVrider.
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: hh on November 12, 2008, 06:53:32 am
OK BB youv'e convinced me. Already robbed the Bank, waiting now for my rented AK-47 (to be used in a planned cash-in-transit heist) I'll be over there during the 2010 madness

ENJOY
hh
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: letsgofishing on November 12, 2008, 08:56:00 am
Once again, great report BB  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: Misty on November 13, 2008, 03:17:46 pm
WOOOOOOOOOOOOW!!!  :thumleft:

I have been meaning to read this report from the 1st day's post ā?? but with ALL the lovely stunning pics my PC didnā??t cooperate too well ā?? but today I kicked it and viola  :biggrin: ā?? I managed to see it all and I wasnā??t disappointed ā?? so strange how the scenery changes from the hustle and bustle of the towns to the beautiful passes ā?? awesome ā?? yes please keep on posting ā?? love the writing too ā?? oh yes, and look out for the sheep now!

 :ricky:
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: redtiger on November 13, 2008, 03:37:50 pm
Great RR cant wait for next instalment thanks
BB.
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: eSKaPe on November 13, 2008, 03:39:03 pm
Hey BB the report is fantastic - the pictures awesome!! nice scenery and different from what we used to here - great riding country there, go enjoy it all.

Like your GP registration!!
Title: Re: Peruvian Andes (Updated again)
Post by: bradleys on November 14, 2008, 09:32:54 am
Just read your report WOW ,great pics as well.