Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman, who?
Posted by Cool Your Jets IV on April 11, 2011
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than tearing up the mountains aboard Honda 650cc Enduro Motorbikes! Our morning started with a leisurely breakfast in a bar called ‘The Real McCoy’ an english type boozer that serves a passable English breakfast – for afters we treated ourselves to a dessert, apple pie and ice cream – we had a big day ahead of us!
A short walk from the Pub is Peru Moto Tours, these are the guys we hired our bikes from. A quick check over of the bikes we donned our gear and off we went, frantically chasing our guide as he flew off into Cuzco’s traffic! Eventually catching him up we soon hit the outskirts of town before turning off and getting our first taste of dirT. Again we were quickly left behind – i’ve only ever really ridden tarmac and hurtling up gravel dirt tracks is a little disconcerting at first.
After a short while we stopped to see what sort of ride we wanted to do – er, XtremE!
The plan was to ride off-road, up to a height of 4900m ASL along open country, dusty tracks, single track, waterlogged fields, crossing streams and at one stage manoeuvering the bike over a small gap in a stone wall, it was awesome. Racing up mountain pastures with Llamas darting out the way, not knowing if you were to suddenly hit a stream or swampy ground was exhilarating and scary at the same time!
We did have a couple of issues coming off the mountains as the whole area has suffered with heavy rain over the last few months, we’d be following a track only to find said track was completely washed away – causing a couple of head/helmet scratching moments as what to do next. However, with a little brawn and plenty of bravado we managed to negotiate ourselves off the mountain.
Re-joining tarmac our guide told us to be aware of various Police Check-points on the way back – if they begin to flag for us to stop, his advice was ‘…drop a gear and get going….’
Like I said it was a superb afternoon, both Tug and I had huge grins on our faces as we headed back to the pub for a proper English roast – we were shattered!
(For the record, Tug rode really well, fast too – certainly a lot faster than VD…)
Hats off to Peru Moto Tours too, we had a great time!