Tunel Punta Olimpica

For such a nice post title, this looks like a let down, but not at all

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

As we got closer it started clouding in

We left the main road and set off up to the highest pass in the Andes. Beautiful countryside

And at one point past this enormous bromeliad. That flower spike will be 30 feet in the air before it blooms.

Through a pass

At about 14,000 feet there’s an alpine river plain

With a few cows, which was strange

Looking friendly enough

And of course

Woody alpine lupins, with a flash of red

We climbed away from the valley. The riding was spectacular

Up excellent switchbacks. It was getting seriously cold though

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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  1. Tom,

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

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