Tunel Punta Olimpica

For such a nice post title, this looks like a let down, but not at all
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The day’s track
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And we’ve been doing this for months
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The day’s elevation profile
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We set off towards Huascaran
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As we got closer it started clouding in
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We left the main road and set off up to the highest pass in the Andes. Beautiful countryside
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And at one point past this enormous bromeliad. That flower spike will be 30 feet in the air before it blooms.
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Through a pass
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At about 14,000 feet there’s an alpine river plain
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With a few cows, which was strange
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Looking friendly enough
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And of course
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Woody alpine lupins, with a flash of red
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We climbed away from the valley. The riding was spectacular
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Up excellent switchbacks. It was getting seriously cold though
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A brand new road, incredible riding
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And then trouble. It started snowing. These are screen grabs from video. But wi-fi speeds are brutal and I’ll save uploading a video for something later here
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I thought about how interesting it would be to reverse the switchbacks with snow on the road and we got the hell out of there after a quick pic of the world’s highest tunnel.

The second half of the day was just as interesting. We went off in search of ruins up a dirt road through our first small Peruvian villages. The video to the left describes it pretty well.

Nice bridge
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Comments

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  1. Tom,

    Hola! Check out the corners on that freakin’ road.
    Makes the Alps/Dolomites roads look boring…

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