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Old 30 Sep 2009
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Forced lay up in Cajamarca Peru

Greetings travellers.

Are there any riders in the Cajamarca area over the next week or so? We will be here enjoying a forced lay up due to a failed ignition coil. Parts are on the way but it all takes time. It would be good to catch up with others for a chat and a drink.

Carol & Ken Duval
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Ah the people you find on here eh?
Sorry to hear about the breakdown but you get that from time to time. Kick back, have a few drinks and the parts will be there before you know it. Enjoy!
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I only just saw your post, otherwise i could have dropped by last week. I´m in Bolivia already heading south today. Maybe i´ll see you on the road somewhere else.
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On the Move again

Greatings Seanh. Thankyou for the reply. We are mobile again after one week in Cajamarca. Not an unpleasant place to have a lay up. Turned out to be a carburetor issue (my fault) but all is sorted now. Full story is on the Hubb in BMW Tech ... R80G/S Ignition Coil.

We should be in Cusco in about ten days then will move to Bolivia via Lake Titicaca. Hope the Salar de Uyuni is dry in November. Eventually we will return to B A early December then onto Viedma for the HU Party on the 11 to 13th. Our rough plan so if you any where near by it would be good to catch up for a or coffee. Also any bike problems let us know....we have a few contacts.

Carol and Ken Duval
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Bolivia in October

Glad to hear you are back on the road. You mentioned the Salar in November. My plan is to drop my daughter of at the LaPaz airport on the 7th of November and make my run down through Potosi, Uyuni, and the lakes further south. I would very much like to ride through there with someone. I am solo on a KLR.

Let me know if you might be interested if your time frame is close to mine.
Hope to hear from you.

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The Salar de Uyuni in November

We are in Huaraz and head off tomorrow towards Cusco. Will spend some time there doing Machu Picchu and then onto Puno and the Copacabana. Your timing would probably be close to our schedule so keep in touch. It would be good to share the Salar with some one.

Carol & Ken
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Will do

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We are in Huaraz and head off tomorrow towards Cusco. Will spend some time there doing Machu Picchu and then onto Puno and the Copacabana. Your timing would probably be close to our schedule so keep in touch. It would be good to share the Salar with some one.

Carol & Ken
Excellent, will do. Wondering are you intending to ride up and around the back door to Machu Pichu or take the tourist train? I plan on the ride around. If you do that ride, I'll be keen on getting your remarks and time required for it.
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Slow ride to Cusco

Our ride to Cusco has been slowed after a collision with a local driver. Have damaged pannier and a swing arm that is off centre. We are moving though and should make Cusco by the weekend but will need to get the mechanical stuff sorted before we move on.

Doubt we will do the back door of Machu Picchu. We may ride Ollantaytambo and work from there.

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Our ride to Cusco has been slowed after a collision with a local driver. Have damaged pannier and a swing arm that is off centre. We are moving though and should make Cusco by the weekend but will need to get the mechanical stuff sorted before we move on.

Doubt we will do the back door of Machu Picchu. We may ride Ollantaytambo and work from there.

Carol & Ken
OUCH! So sorry to hear this.

Care to share the details of how it happened? Some think Peru drivers are the worst. So far, I see no difference except for the swarms of mototaxis, which seem to be above any traffic protocol.

I am in Caraz. On my way to Lima by mid week. I would really like to hear about the Nasca/Cusco road, time required, hotel suggestion along the way?
I don't want too many surprises with my daughter on the back.

Thanks and good luck with your repairs.
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Peru Drivers.

We have had few problems also with the drivers. Most of the professionals are very good. This was a private car I think. We left Huanuco around 9.00 am heading to Huancayo. Road was marked as paved but the first 80 kms was bad broken pavement which we took very slowly. Reached a small village where the pavement improved. Vehicles we were following overtook a dark green Toyota Corolla but we slowed as three oncoming trucks came down the hill. When they had passed I indicated and proceeded to overtake. The road ahead was excellent and we had a clear view. The Corolla was doing around 20 to 25 kms...in a 35 zone. We were beside him when he swerved hard to avoid a very slight depression in the asphalt that was about 6 metres long and 4 cm deep. He just did not look....and we are BIG and difficult to miss!! To swerve around this after the bomb craters we have ridden through was astounding. He hit the crash bar and the right pannier. Also there is an issue with the swingarm which we are looking into today. It took us a couple of hours to patch everything and report it to the Police who said they would issue an infringement notice. We took his number plate before he drove away refusing our request to go to the nearby Police Station.

Roads. Cannot help you too much there as we took the inland mountain roads which were quite a challenge due to the varying condition on the dirt. It was very spectacular but more suited to a dirt bike without luggage.. He he he he!! We stayed overnight at Abancay and stayed at Hotel Imperial recommended on the HU site. It is on the road to Cusco. There are cheaper but we were looking for some comfort after the hard dirt passes. Road from Abancay to Cusco is good pavement with some small stretches of gravel.

In Huaraz we can recommend Jo´s Place.

We are staying at Hostel La Estrellita at 445 Tullumayo and hope to head to Machu Piccu in a couple of days.

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