I had a rest day in Haucachina and decided to go on a buggy tour through the sand dunes. The dune buggies are basically these pimped out Roll cages with V8s in the front, and they sound tough! we burned around the monstrous sand dunes for around 2 hours stopping on top of a few so we could sand board down. Awesome fun!! After that we returned to the Hostel and got into the local drink Pisco sour. 

Dune Buggy ride

Dune Buggy ride

The next day I had breakfast with some new friends then I was off towards Nasca. After looking at a map I found a small Town called Palpa about 100km away. About 5km out I met a Kiwi dude, Andy. He was riding in the same direction and had started his journey in Alaska! We rode through a decent stretch of desert with not much to see but sand so it was good to have some company. I learned a cool new trick to get up hills by grabbing onto the back of slow trucks!! Made a huge hill a little more enjoyable! 

Andy

Andy

After some hot sun, long stretches of desert, and the entire fly population of Peru we arrived in the small town of Palpa. After finding the dodgiest Hostel in Palpa we decided to hit the town.

desert

desert

Millions of flies

Millions of flies

We grabbed some beers from a shop and walked around the town for a few hours meeting some of the local characters. One of the funniest characters we met was a dude we called ‘Iron Maiden’. Iron Maiden had long hair which was shaved at the back. He was dressed in tight leather jeans, with a black death metal t-shirt and leather jacket. Iron maiden was very passionate about death metal music and was walking around the town square with his hand held getto blaster showing us his all time favourites. (video to come).

We escaped Iron Maiden several times however he kept finding us again. We eventually ended up at the local club. We met a couple of local dudes ‘Silent Bob and his offsider ‘Jesus’ and drank a lot of beer. From there things get pretty patchy but Luckily I woke up back in my bed. Andy wasn’t so lucky, he woke up down the hall in the communal shower/toilet, but he still had all his organs as far as he could tell. 

Silent Bob and Jesus

Silent Bob and Jesus

We woke up at 11:30am and headed out into the hot sun for the remaining 49km to Nasca. It wasn’t a big ride but the way we were feeling it wasn’t the easiest ride in the hot sun! We passed the nascar Lines and paid 2 Sols to clime the tower and see a little bit of the artwork in the sand.

The long road ahead

The long road ahead

Nasca Lines

Nasca Lines

The Lines

The Lines

We continued on and eventually found our selves at Nasca. We checked out the town, found some food and It was bed time again.

Nasca park

Nasca park

The next morning Andy continued on down the coast road and I stayed in town to gather some supplies for the ride up to Cuzco. I am pretty nervous as this is a 650km section with not a lot of towns in between and 12500m of climbing getting to a max of about 4550m. I have not been able to find any Methylated spirits for my stove so fingers crossed the Alcohol I found at the chemist works and doesn’t blow me up!!!

Time for some rest… I don’t expect to have any WiFi until Cuzco so until then, Adiòs Amigos.