Made it to Cusco

Trip Start May 13, 2009
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Trip End May 31, 2009


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Monday, May 18, 2009

We set off from Puno not a moment too soon.  I was up half the night short of breath and finaly made my way downstairs (as they turn the elevator off at night - along with all the hall lights) to get a few cups of Coca tea.  I was fearing that I was about to be the next victim of altitude sickness.
The ride was very nice and then became absolutely stunning as we crossed the pass, and had lunch under a 17,500ft mountain range.
We did have a slight mishap.  The speedy group had pushed ahead of our 3 bike group and waited for us just after a turn off, which we missed, and found ourselves in a small town full of one way streets - which we found out as we went the wrong way up most of them.  We made it to the central square and found the only stop light in town, hidden amongst the backdrop of wires and buildings...  hence, I stopped for the light and the bike behind me didn't and came to a bit of a crashing stop against my leg and dropped his bike.  Fortunately he was only doing about 10 miles an hour, so no broken bones or major injuries for either of us, although I did come away with a nasty bruise as a momento.
The locals helped get the bike upright and put us on our way back to the highway - through the river of course!
Little did we know that the advance group was waiting for us between the turn off and the river, so we were now ahead of them while they were waiting for us.
We stopped for lunch under the mountains and were surprised to see some of our riders coming up the road.  They told us what had happened and we set off for Cusco after the support veicle arrived.

The scenery started to get simply stunning, with deep valleys and rivers, along with winding roads, which were just fun to ride.
We arrived at Cusco late afternoon and headed to the "Fallen Angel" for dinner.  This is a funky restaurant with tables made from bathtubs full of goldfish and a glass tabletop.
From what we could see of the city, this should be an amazing architectural city with a lot of early spanish influence.
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