more info but not much
yeah chas. (not knowing your name, sorry!)
not many more details to add i'm afraid. original warning given by Wendel at Motos Huanuco, Tarapacà 812 if i recall right. independently agreed to by a police officer i spoke to in the street, then by two of the cops who were doing the normal checking thing they do (or whatever it is they are doing) along the road.
has to be said there were significantly more police on the road than i have seen at other times when travelling similarly off-the-track areas. the waring they and Wendel gave was to be off the road by the early afternoon, and certainly not travel in the later afternoon. specifically, the warning was for assaults and robberies.
great ride. crap road surface tho. and yes a bit of piano wire or a decent rock would have a rider off in two shakes. two-up on an r11gs it is a 1st- and 2nd-gear road for the vast majority so would not be hard to take on a biker.
that said, i am quite sure that no-one would take on a group of riders. as it was, we just took it easy and plodded along as hurrying was impossible anyhow. add to that the puncture we got as we left huanuco at 0900, and which delayed us almost an hour.
and for those who would take the route, i would reccommend staying at huallanca, only 20-odd km from la unión, a town we found particularly unfriendly.