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S: Andes to Amazon bike ride, May 2011

BC: SUCCESS | Articles from the local rag, my company magazine and my certificate.


1: Altitude training in CUSCO | May 20th

2: The BEAUTY of Machu Picchu

4: Amazing Cusco| May 21st

5: Faces of Peru | May 21st

9: ...and so it begins | May 22nd

10: Day one - Ollantaytambo and The Sacred Valley

11: Altitude 2800 metres and climbing...

13: Peru 'in bloom'

14: Day two - 27km ascent, 1300 metres to the top of a mountain then a 40km descent at speed down the mountain on a grave trail. The gradient on the ascent was quite simply the toughest physical thing I have ever done. During the descent I tried some single tracking down the side of a mountain with Andy and Richard. Amazing experience and one that I plan to repeat. Ended the day near Paucartambo, camping. | Day three - 33km ascent to the top of Manu national park. The level of difficulty was on a par to day two because much of the road was muddy and it was windy and raining. Add all of that to a steep continuous climb and you have one hell of a cycle! The top was so high we cycled through the clouds to our campsite. It was so cold we found an old abandoned house where we made a fire, some food and got warm for the night.

15: Day two and three - Paucartambo

16: Our doctor assuming the position (you had to be there) and camping with cows

17: End of day 3, thank god!

21: Peruvian road side cemetery???

22: Day four/five - Descent from 4300 metres altitude down to the amazon rainforest.

23: Monochrome Peru - Shots of some of the locals as we rode through their villages

25: The Finish line, | until the next time...

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  • Title: Andes to Amazon bike ride
  • Charity ride from the Andes to the Amazon rainforest, May 2011
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