Day 160 – San Luis, PE to Huaraz, PE

Day 160 – San Luis, PE to Huaraz, PE      01/28/11      Mileage: 94

It rained all night and was still raining in the morning which was not what had hoped for. It meant the road would be even worse than yesterday and the odds on getting to see the high peaks slim. There was no use in delaying the inevitable, so I packed the bike and wallowed down the road in the rain. The road was a mess and one guy I stopped to ask for directions didn’t even think the road over the pass was even open…..oh grand. Well I sure as shit wasn’t going back, so I continued on and hoped for the best. After a while the rain stopped, but the damage to the road had been done.

The nice little mountain town of Santa Catalina…

The reprieve from the rain soon ended and the air was getting colder and thinner with every passing mile. Crossing 15,000 feet high, the rain turned to sleet and then to….snow!

Damn…where the hell are my skis! The road topped out at 16,080 feet and there was a foot of fresh snow on the ground.

 Luckily a few other vehicles had cleared two tire tracks so I at least could see where I was going.

The road continued to snake its way down from the pass to the high alpine valley below where I stopped to rest and to take it all in.

The rest of the ride was nice roll down to the lower valley and the town of Huaraz where I got a room and some dinner. Tomorrow it’s off to tour the ruins of Chavin.

Parting shot: It didn’t occur to me until I downloaded my pictures that the only picture I took of the town of Huaraz was this one…not sure what that means?

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12 Responses to Day 160 – San Luis, PE to Huaraz, PE

  1. Nancy says:

    Great shots…love the snow..and the snow man….Sex Burger…hmmm….I can only guess 🙂

    East coast is getting hammered with all sort of precip…city is sleet…mountains snow…and it’s only Feb 2nd…if you’re home by spring there should be plenty to ski 🙂

    Peru is so beautiful….enjoy

    Cheers,
    Nanc

  2. Arlene says:

    The last two days must of knocked you out a bit…………I cannot believe that you didn’t take the easy way but then again, I should have known. The hot baths would of made you feel better.
    The photos were outstanding and I hope that is the last of your driving in rain, snow and sleet……you are not the mailman.
    We lucked out today and didn’t get the ice and snow that they got further north. Chicago was a real disaster. I will have to contact Bob and Janet to see how Katie and Chad made out in Illinois.
    Lenny, something is wrong with the Comment command . You can add a comment but not read the comments as we did before. It is not just my computer.

    Drive safe and be well. Love ya, Mom

  3. Hey, Lenny

    Great pictures, I wish I were there… In case you’ve forgotton me, Bonita, CA – Starbucks.
    A bunch of guys are going to Mike’s Sky Ranch on 02/19/2011. Send me your e-mail address and i’ll send you some pictures.

    Steve

    • Lenny says:

      Hey Steve! Heading to Mike’s….great! Wish I could swing by and party with you guys! My email is: apreskibum at yahoo dot com Looling forward to the pics!

  4. Arlene says:

    GREAT!!!!!! THE COMMENT BOX IS WORKING AND WE CAN READ WHAT PEOPLE ARE WRITING. I SEE THAT YOUR FRIEND IS GOING TO THAT PLACE YOU LEFT YOUR TRACKER ON ALL NIGHT AND I WENT CRAZY WONDERING WHAT WAS HAPPENING. HA, HA, HA.

    I AM THANKFUL FOR THAT. HUGS, MOM

    • pete shebey says:

      Lenny,

      Sick amazing pictures and ride! I always hated trying to ride my yz250 in the snow, I realize how difficult and ballsy that climb was amazing riding dude.

      The shot of the blue lake with your bike had amazing color contrasts. The blue glacier water was unreal too.

      Sife riding!

      Pete

      • Lenny says:

        Thanks Pete!

        Yeah. that was some crazy contrast….might of had something to do with the light coming through the clouds….not sure. The bark on those trees was this amazing reddish brown and the water in the lake is that color from the glaciers…or so I’m told.

  5. Paul Bell says:

    It’s official, I’m jealous.

  6. Erik says:

    A friggin monster ride bro! 16,080 ft….getting close to Everest Base camp….So Cool. I knew that the chain breaker would come in handy…..I just ordered chains for my ATV. We had a 20 inch dump here recently….Glad you have good rubber and that the shock is working out! Larkin is 10 months old now…must find her a bike…

    later, Erik

    • Lenny says:

      Hey bro!!! That was a good ride for sure….thanks! Luckily I haven’t had to use that chain breaker to save my butt yet! Good rubber made all the difference the last 10 days…I would have been struggling with that 80/20 road tire I had on the rear before. I think I’ll be running at least 50/50 knobs from here on down to Ushuaia. Too bad I’m going to miss Larkin’s 1st b-day….I’ll have to make that up to her when I get back. Tell Robyn I said hello too!

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