Dust and Savage Plants

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Remote desert, pastoral pastures and high passes; since the last instalment of this riveting blog we have had something of a diverse and challenging ride. From time to time the road was well surfaced, most of the time it was dirt and dust as we climbed to over 4000 metres. Cacti became the predominant flora, cacti and a large green aloe vera type plant who’s long limbs were tipped with hard sharp needles with a tendency to jab into a campers posterior every time he dropped his guard for a moment. The cacti proved to be just as vicious piercing my tough puncture proof tyre when I once unwittingly reversed my machine into one.

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Now we set off on what is hailed as a tough section, the final eight to ten days to Cusco. Remote and unpaved this is a roller coaster road constantly undulating by two thousand metres. No sooner does the road cross a 4000 metre pass than it drops to 2000, only to climb once again to four. Well, that is as we are told. Time will tell.

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