Archive for September, 2008

The Promised Land

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

After more than a month of driving chicken bus roads, where our typical day's average speed hovered around 20 to 30 kilometers per hour (12.5 - 18.6 mph), it was heaven to be on the Panamericana cruising along at a blistering 80 - 100 kph (49.7 - 62 mph). We ...

Black and White

Friday, September 26th, 2008

  If you had to choose between black and white, which would you choose?   The Cordillera Blanca (White Mountain Range) is the second highest mountain range in the world, trailing only the Himalayas, and features thirty three major peaks over 5,500 meters (18,045 ft) tall in an area 21 kilometers (13 ...

Updated Route Map

Monday, September 15th, 2008

I updated our expedition route map to reflect our recent camp sites.  I also added elevation data to the info window for each waypoint. The expedition route map is located here: http://www.hackneys.com/travel/index-routemap.htm Please note: To view the information for a camp site waypoint, click on the waypoint marker to open ...

Chicken Bus Roads

Friday, September 12th, 2008

  One common denominator of developing country travel is chicken bus roads.   No matter where you go in the world, if you get off the tourist trail and out into the places where the regular people live, work and travel, you will find yourself on a chicken bus road. Click here ...

Line Ball

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

    The Nazca Lines are located in southwest Peru near the modern-day city of Nazca. They were created by the Nazca culture, who flourished there between 200 B.C.E. and 600 C.E. During those 800 years, the Nazca created a complex of lines and geometric, animal, plant and human shapes on the Pampa ...

The Transit Stage

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

  We just completed a two day run from our last stop, Ollantaytambo, Peru, to what we hope is our last obligatory tourist activity in Peru, Nazca, home of the famous Nazca lines.   On our trip here we covered 695 kilometers / 431.8 miles on what, in Rally-Speak, was nothing more ...