Sunday, December 11, 2016
Thank you Syd Stelvio and Gerard Brown
for your incredible rally reports and amazing photos!
Relaxing at Lorca Museo restaurant
Dropping Fang off for shipping home
Fang gets back in his container, hoping to make it home.
24 hours later, we are relaxing at home.
Thank You Charlie and T-Zero!
Posted by Fang at 6:18 PM
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Friday, December 9, 2016
Thursday, December 8, 2016
A drive that will be impossible to top...... In fact a drive " on top of the world" was how I will reflect on it. Our day was a transfer day, with no time limits or regularities so we started out on a 650 K drive from Cusco to the city of Nazca near the coast. We expected some more high altitude passes as we headed west bound headed towards the coast. My mind thinking more down hill.... Wow, were we surprised ! Our first climb was up a mountain road that turned left and then right what seemed like a thousand times. After a half hour, still no summit in sight, while passing through 13,000 feet. It was over an hour before we finally reached the summit at 14,300 ft. about the same as Mt. Rainier. And then we started down, constantly twisting and turning with heavy braking. Soon, far off in the distance, a higher pass loomed. Unbelievable ! Due to the extreme and erratic winding roads, it was over two hours before we reached the next summit. That repeated itself four times that day will all four summits over 4,000 meters. In distance, it was the same as driving from Seattle to Butte, Montana, except the average straight stretch before a hard turn was about the length of a football field. On the forth summit, it began raining and then snowing.... The drive was from heaven over a smooth road and, what seemed like a million turns. Twelve hours later, we arrived at our hotel TOTALLY exhausted. My arms now resemble those of Popeye the sailor man.
Fang Tracker over part of the route-see more here
Fang Tracker Street Views-see more here
photos by David Garrett
Posted by Fang at 2:43 PM
Monday, December 5, 2016
Hiram Bingham never took a train ride like this. Picture a bright blue shiny brass white tablecloth and flowers train coach peopled with a high strung crowd of rallyers primed with champagne and pisco sours heading to one of the seven wonders of the world. Add a glass enclosed bar car with a live band, magnificent scenery, a raging river and high altitude. Eat and drink the morning thru cappuccinos, croissants and a three course brunch with wine, then board a bus for the climb to Machu Picchu.
Steps, lots of steps in the hot sun. Wait for it. Pow! The world famous view. Chuck and I slipped away from our guide to wander alone, reliving our last magical visit here. That time, with shaman guides, we spent a full moon night here in Quechua rituals, leaving only after sunrise.
High tea at the Sanctuary, back on the bus/train and with our table mates, first into the bar car. Strike up the band! The girls, then the guys, managed to convert three feet of open space into a sing along and "Think You Can Dance" frenzy.
The staff managed to herd us back to our tables for a five course dinner..with wine! Fun not over yet. Huge thunderstorms, sheets of lightning. We turned off our table lambs to better enjoy the show. When Chuck decided to unscrew a wall bulb the fuse blew and our car was plunged into darkness! We cheered. Soon fixed, we dined abundantly serenaded by strolling pan pipers.
The arrival train station lost power so we boarded our hotel bound buses by flashlight, full, slightly Inebriated, dead tired and delighted. A truly glorious party among the Inca gods.
Inca Rally Train Ride Full Feature Movie!
Re-visit the train ride with it's Movie trailer here:
Posted by Fang at 9:00 PM