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Climbing even higher into the Andes!!! 304kms. The day starts with 2 hours to do 80kms, easy?? We did stop for fuel, there are markets being set up, left and right at the side of the road, tuts-tuts, taxis, mini buses competing for passengers, lorries & buskers like a unicyclists at red lights. Mostly female police traffic controllers over ride traffic lights with whistles. Set of at 8am, hot, horns, black exhaust smoke.. Took 1hr 10mins to get out of Arequipa, mad good experience but not for every day.
A point of interest is the people in bill board adverts in Chile & Arg, did not look like S. American people, in Peru, the people in the adverts look like your average Peruvian.
So we climb out and there are convoys of 6,8, 10 lorries, going up & down the hill, it is so hard for our small cc car to take off to overtake when there is occasional space. There are huge factories dominating the valley as we climb. There is more vegetation and many unfinished houses here and everywhere in Peru ( you don't pay rates till a house is finished!).
The out come of the town markets & traffic and the lorries on the hill means we are 12 minutes late for the time check point, a sin. The other pre'41s once up the hill of 4110m, took off at 130k/ph + we were not able to do this, and it was very telling that usually we have the newer pre'75 cars overtaking us every morning, non were to be seen, they too were delayed in traffic like us. Well the time penalty at his time check point has been scrapped because it affected so many people, but there is some bad feeling because the few say "we all had the same traffic, and we made it in time". At he top of the hill there were also speed bumps for lamas crossing!
On the way to Santa Lucia we went up to 4167m, sheep, lamas, cows roaming, fields of alpacas, much more fertile. We took out the inner carb filters and leaned Jez out x2 as we climbed. We made the next time check in time in a lively café where locals were eating but the rallyist were not keen, the 'open' kitchen was to the rear. Though we made it in time for the rally rules, we did not have time to eat, just loo, water, check out and on our way.
Then there was a flat, narrow, gravel, regularity that was set at an average of 45k/p/h just 5 kms with some left & right forks. Filters have to go back into Jez's carbs. Went through some small farm steads, local folk waved us on. We are not good at the short regularities, and I told N he was too fast and indeed we were 17seconds early, this means we have negated our good efforts on the track yesterday, and at this stage we did not know how many folk were late at the first check point and whether that lateness would be scrapped. So not a good day competitively.
The next section of driving takes us through a village square where there was a wedding coming out of the church, all traffic is stopped including all us pre'41s. Band is playing, the wedding folk are dancing in the street, they involve us rallyist and even N gets involved, in the car N had rolled up his overall trousers legs and the women that pulls him into the dance offers him a hanky, so he looks like a Morris Dancer. It is hot and we are at a high altitude, we thought the dancing would never end, v breathless, but great experience. The bride & groom did not seemed amused at first with all these dirty cars and people at the wedding, but they did smile towards the end before the street was cleared. You will see the women in traditional dress with the most ridiculous top hats, that seem to stay on by magic.
So, for the pre41's this held us up for our final time check in at our Puno hotel on lake Titicaca, but as the ERA boss was at the street wedding it was automatically decided that any lateness would be scrapped because of the wedding.
At the hotel there was another wedding and there the bride almost literally embraced the cars, there was yet another wedding at the hotel later.
So we went for a boat trip on the lake to the floating reed settlements, where folk have lived a simple life of fishing and eating the soft ends of the reeds. Everything was made of reeds, they anchor their islands. We are not totally sure if folk really do live on these reeds now. This group/tribe have lived on the reeds for 1,000s of years having come out of the jungle & safe from earthquakes. The people were marginalised, but the last President (who is now in jail for corruption), recognised the people and built a clinic and school within the reeds, and gave each island a solar panel. There is obesity, in-breeding and high BP, childbearing starts at 15, but now women are fined if they have children without attending the clinic as an effort towards family planning. It was a bit of a tourist trap as we were taken to these island, given info on the islanders, and then the women & girls brought out the fabric work they work on all of the time as it is their source of income which they trade in the Puno markets.
Of course we bought something, it really does not represent a high hourly wage as the work is good and time consuming.
It rained that evening and some folk had a lot of work to do on their the cars in an open car park, it is good Jez is running well with fewer broken brackets and bolts.
Pictures here https://sway.com/udy3BV15awRrG9xc
Day 21 03.12.2016 Thursday Arequipa to Puno Peru 351kms 219miles O.P.= 6 C.P.= 1 T.P.=2nd