With the long flight to Peru behind us. It was time to get our bikes put back together. We built our bikes (with a little help from Richard as usual) and the headed out for an urban cruise in Lima. Holy crap the drivers are crazy. I think that urban spin will likely end up being the most dangerous ride we do… We capped off day one with an amazing dinner at Astrid and Gaston (rated in the top 50 restaurants in the world). I went ‘local’ and had the Guinea Pig. Delicious.
We did an absolutely amazing ride today. 52km of descending. We drove into the Andes from Lima up this harrowing gravel road with several hundred foot drops just inches from the outside of the van. After a nearly 4 hour drive we arrived at the peak of a 3500 m mountain. You could definitely feel the elevation. Even a little climb up the road took your breath.
The ride was awesome. Steep descents, flowing fast corners, some rocky sections, plenty of loose sand sections and spectacular views. We ended the day with a 20 km rip down a dried river bed. This was probably my favorite part as we were all hitting dirt jumps and jumping everything insight. It was like a natural bike park, so fun. We have 9 more days of riding….oh baby
Stay tuned for more blog posts. the internet connections have been suspect at best. Highlights from the last few days include: travelling on horseback up to 4000 meters, Dan Swanson forgetting our plane tickets and then us almost missing our flight to Cusco this morning….off to dinner for Glenn’s 51st birthday - Happy B-Day Glenn.