Day 13 – Arequipa to Arica

 

Well this is not going to be easy but we’ll give it a go as the Brits would say – lots to photos and not a lot of navigating – always a bad combination at blog time. Fortunately, I know you all like a lot of pictures and not so much of my chatter so we’ll go with that today.

We actually caught a break in so far as the drive to the first time trial which was also the first Time Control would not take as long as originally determined so we could leave later than specified – always a welcome happening.

Getting out of Arequipa was the same as getting into the city – same as all the other cities – dirty, falling down areas around the approach roads – sad to see.

Once outside the main part of the city, we were back in the mountains …

 

But these were a little different than we had seen previously – more sand and less foliage and we were no longer at altitude.

 

For the geologists out there, these hills / mountains were composed mostly of fairly loose rock and sand.

 

The white color in the distance, while we would like to believe it was snow, was actually sand between the rocks …

 

Just a quick shot of what we looked at most of the morning …

 

And I do know that some of you love the mountains …

 

As we were traveling along, way ahead of schedule and having a leisurely trip, traffic came to a complete stop going around a corner. When we went to explore we found a truck on fire – obviously, his brakes caught on fire on the long down grade …

 

This could have been far more serious had his saddle (fuel) tanks caught on fire …

 

The driver was able to separate the tractor from the trailer and once the fire on the tractor and trailer was put out (standers by with shovels putting sand on the fire) we were able to pass …

 

Not much left of those tires …

 

Now back to the mountains …

 

The lack of any vegetation made it clear this was a very arid area …

 

Mountains, mountains and more mountains and desert, desert and more desert – enjoy …

 

There were come deep holes cut in the earth here – probably mining for something …

 

Unfortunately, when they were done mining, they just left the holes …

 

And for the industrialists in the crowd, just to prove the picture yesterday of the cement plant as a testament to the fact that there was indeed industry in Peru, this should prove it was not a one-off ocurrance …

 

Now on to the serious rally stuff – everyone who was still competing began lining up for the only Test of the day. Funny, it is always the same (dwindling) group …

 

Of course, not everyone was here when these pictures were taken but I’m sure you get the idea – this is tough work …

 

Some, like Mark Winkleman here took the opportunity to catch up on a little sleep – good job Mark …

 

After the Test, it was only a short way to the border, however, in one small town we encountered a Sunday market and walking along the sidewalk was a young boy carrying his baby Alpaca – sorry I couldn’t get a better picture but he was too quick for me. Too cute …


 

At last, the border exiting Peru …

 

A nice modern facility to handle our exit …

 

All went very smoothly and we were shortly on our way into Chile …

 

The processing facility into Chile was very efficient, although busy, but the preplanning by the organization made everything happen with ease and efficiency – we even had our own processing windows. Great job to everyone involved!!! So, Welcome to Chile …

 

On the sprint to Arica, we passed Chris Evans and Mark Seymour in their ’28 Model A Ford …

 

All of a sudden, we went from an arid desert to the Pacific Ocean – what a treat …

 

This section of the coast is just spectacular and the waves bigger than they look …

 

There are no words to describe all this after crossing the South American continent …

 

And the other side of the road was still arid mountains – amazing …

 

Little beach houses newly constructed (the older ones were just straw shacks) in different colors …

 

Just loved the rest of the picture – just forget the speed limit sign …

 

And built right on the beach is what I could only guess was a drilling site, maybe oil …

 

We ran right along the ocean for some 30 kilometers – sometimes right on the shore and other times back a kilometer or so – these were neat fields between the road and the water …

 

Can’t get enough of the water …

 

And these were new high rent dwellings right at water’s edge …

 

Entering Arica, we were both stunned by the difference between this approach to the city and the approach to all the other cities we have visited. This was clean and neat with well-tended modern apartments.

 

Major shipping anchored just off shore waiting to come into port – maybe we should have shipped the car here …

 

The Hotel Arica is located right on the ocean with a beautiful pool. Steven Harris (who had to leave for a brief time on business) had emailed Haden that he would check on him and his wife Tracy (who is substituting for Steven and doing just fine by the sound of the exhaust) on this blog so here you go Steven …

 

Pool, Pacific Ocean, what more do you want …

 

John Brigden, one of our favorites, seems to always get nominated for various announcements – yesterday he was wearing a nice hat he had gotten at Machu Picchu – tonight, someone asked where his hat was and the best he could come up with on the spur of the moment was a napkin – this man has a sense of humor.

 

In summary, the surprise of the day was the desert and mountains but we are now in Chile and will move back and forth between Chile and Argentina as we make our way south. It is just beautiful here right on the ocean and I for one would love to stay longer, however, we must move on.

A major surprise we found here is that we are 2 hours ahead of EST – same as Brazil – doesn’t make any sense to me but that is how it is. That makes it late here so I need to quit and get ready for tomorrow. Chow.

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3 Responses to Day 13 – Arequipa to Arica

  1. Great report. What a contrast in one day!

  2. Chad Schwager says:

    Almost halfway there. Keep up the good work.

  3. Vicki Mantia says:

    Can you PLEASE bring me back a baby Alpaca??? 🙂 Beautiful Pictures! So glad everything is going well for you and Lloyd!

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