Day 4 in Peru, Part 3 — Still Not Dead Yet.

Just me and the Gang :)

Just me and the Gang 🙂

After our trip in to the rescue zoo it was time to get back on our bikes.  This time we get on the highway.  I just survived dodging sheep and navigating narrows paths in the mountains and now we have to go downhill on a two highway and not get killed by oncoming traffic?  And it’s raining?  CHALLENGE ACCEPTED.

So off we go zipping down paved concrete on our mountain bikes praying not to be hit by oncoming traffic.  The rain pelting us in the face didn’t make the experience any easier, but an experience it was!  What a rush!   Check out our pic above celebrating our survival!

I will never get sick of the views in this country!

I will never get sick of the views in this country!

Part of our welcoming committee at the end of our biking adventure.

Part of our welcoming committee at the end of our biking adventure.

After surviving death, we had an opportunity to explore a ruin called the Pisac Ruins.  Built around 1440, it is unknown why this Inca ruin was constructed.  Some historians state that Písac was established to protect Cusco from possible attacks of the Antis nations.  Other historians believe that ruins like Pisac are erected to commemorate victories over other nations (in this case the Cuyos).  One thing that everyone can agree on is that the views from this place are amazing!

B-EAU-TI-FUL!

B-EAU-TI-FUL!

I think these coca leaves are getting to me. . .

I think these coca leaves are getting to me. . .

Agricultural terraces -- A potato planted on the lowest terrace will be bigger and sweeter than a potato planted on the highest terrace.

Agricultural terraces — A potato planted on the lowest terrace will be bigger and sweeter than a potato planted on the highest terrace.

One thing you will see a lot of are people (mainly women) selling their handmade alpaca wool garments.  These ladies below were selling their garments on the side of the mountain — cold wind and all.  With no cars parked near them I wonder how they got all the Gatorade and water up here?  I later found out that they carry them!

Selling wool hats with Gatorade.

Selling wool hats with Gatorade.

MOMENT OF ZEN:  I was scared out of my mind when we had to go downhill mountain biking in the Andes, in the rain and avoid “lorries” (trucks in UK speak if you read my Day 1 blog in Peru).  However, when I question any challenge in life I think of Benjamin Mee’s quote from his book (or movie adaption) “We Bought a Zoo” —  “You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage.  Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery.  And I promise you, something great will come of it.”  Just by “sucking it up” I got a great experience, new thrills, new bruises, and a FANTABULOUS story that I will share for years to come.  Whether the courage is manifested in one more rep in the gym, a call to that special someone, or a minute of forgiveness, getting over fear doesn’t take much.  And life has a funny way of rewarding the risk-takers.  Remember . . . you’re not dead yet 🙂

Peace, love, and adventure!

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