And this will pretty much be my view all day, eight hours per day for the next 6 days. Don't want to sound like I am complaining or anything! Wait, let me add that my earphones for music broke on this day as well. One side works, the other one not. Even with the volume completely up, I can only hear part of a song.. but I'll take it. It's better than nothing.
Ummmmm.. did they actually build the road over part of it???
This is the best view I can get. Incredible creation given the fact they most likely didn't have any aerial views themselves. No trees to build a tower even by ancient constructions.
There are two here I can see.
I darkened the 'lines' photos so the image is easier to see.
I guess I'm the only traveler interested in seeing them today from the road! ;-) Kevin suggested I take the airplane when I come here. He did it a few years ago. He said it was worth it but he wouldn't do it again. The flight should cost around $115. I'll think about it....
A nice man pulled up to me on the street in town telling me about his hostel. I'm always worried about these guys, but he seemed all right, so I followed him home. My first impression wasn't real good.
But he offered me to park my bike inside for safety (a huge plus), has wi-fi (another plus), cheap enough (triple plus), so I stayed.
Out for dinner (beggars can't be choosers, but I didn't have much luck with a decent meal today..) Chicken and rice, and a quick walk through town back to the hostel.
A quick conversation with Kevin online as I was nodding off to sleep. I talked with him more about the flight, and even though he still thinks I should do it, I decided not to. It will take 1/2 a day out of my schedule, cost a lot of money, and all I'll get is a lot of aerial photos of Nazca lines in the dirt that look exactly like everyone elses photos from an airplane. It wasn't worth the monetary and time costs to me. I'd rather save the money and I really don't feel like I am in tourist mode anyway. I'm on a mission and it's a big one. I'd feel better to get back on the road.
So another early morning start on the big road south. I feel I made the right decision. I didn't miss out completely. I was happy with the lines I saw from the roadside tower. Anyway, check out that website link if you want to see more of the Nazca Lines. They really are cool. http://www.sacred-destinations.com/peru/nazca-lines
But there are the occasional big trucks and even more buses. Often enough they are passing each other slowing going up a hill, while I'm coming down.. ;-( I don't like that.. but I am assuming that they are assuming that due to the lack of traffic, just go for it and if somebody comes, they will get out of the way. Which is all I can do...
It can be pretty for a while, but then it can be a bit lonely...
Clearly a river makes an occasional patch of green, but then turns the blue ocean the color of .... sand... ;-///
Riding down through the rock, about to pass through a small patch of green where a river runs through, and the road climbs right back up into the sand.
How would you like to live here! Ocean front living sounds nice and expensive, plus offers great views in the United States. I'm hoping for this family, it provides plenty of food. Completely different needs.
Ooooo, a town coming up.. Exciting!
Gee whiz... I finally made it into Arequipa Peru for the night. Planned stop, and a bit of normalcy.
Bugger, should have left earlier. After spending so much time alone on the scarcely populated Panamerican, I didn't expect a proper traffic jam.