Day 21 – Arequipa to Puno on lake Titikaka

Had a great hotel room last night in a town you wouldn’t think would have such a facility.
Great room, great beds, good dinner and breakfast. Could stay there for a night or two.

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At the hotel this morning set to leave

Awake at 5 ish and preparing for a short mileage day of 304 kms.
We are heading north east inland to a place called Puno on the shore of Lake Titikaka at approx 4110 meters above sea level.
We set out on our allotted time of 8:26 am on a lovely cool morning after a good nights sleep.
Its Saturday morning so the expectation is that it will be a little quieter on the roads.
Nothing could be further from reality. It’s unimaginable the buses taxis, bikes you name it, they were all out there.
We refuelled not far from our departure point to ensure full tanks for the flight.
Then set on getting amongst this endless stream of vehicles that honked, flashed lights waved and just pushed in. Chaos that had some order in that it kept the flow moving.
Steve got right into this as “if they can do it then so will I”.
Worked like a charm and we made good headway but slowly.
You have to be cheeky and at one time he headed Denise up the side of the road bypassing the trucks and busses, and our competitors leaving them well behind for the moment.
We enjoyed these moments and lifted our spirits.
As we moved along the density of vehicles diminished and we could get up some steam. That city leg was some 26 kms in duration so it was very time consuming.
We had a deadline to meet at a time control and although this looked quite attainable it’s always dependant on the roads and what the congestion is like.
Into the countryside and the inevitable hills and mountains the roads wound up and through valleys and hillsides on a roads laden with trucks/Lorries. Hundreds of them. And they were busy racing each other!  Perhaps they could see the road ahead better than us due to their elevated cabs but they just seemed to pass even if there was no room to pull ahead of their mates or our cars. They would pull out on blind bends. Fascinating to watch and follow expeditiously but very dangerous.
We followed some on their passing manoeuvres using them as shields to oncoming cars.
Slow traffic had eaten away the time advantage we thought we had up our sleeves to meet our deadline so it was not to be that we got in in time. We were 11 minutes late.
It made us appreciate, once more of the importance of staying as far ahead as possible because you just don’t know what’s up on the road ahead.

On the road out of Arequipa showing kampong type housing and the many unfinished construction. It was said that the unfinished houses and basic block construction is because people have had land given by govt/council for their use but it must have building on it or it will taken back. We have seen these buildings everywhere, uninhabited, uninhabitable. Interesting.

Onto the Regularity section on a rough gravel road which required an average speed of 45 kms per hour. A short run of approx 5 kms took advantage of the road being level though winding. This enabled us to get a better grip with the methodology of this event planing the speed to distance and getting ahead for a start then slowing down, if you can before the finish. We don’t don’t know in advance where the finish is so this makes it more interesting.
It worked better than in the past. Not good but better.
Back on the road for another 60 km run through little villages and towns on back roads that make for interest if you get time to look up from what you’re doing to observe.

If you enlarge these shots you can see the house lots on the hill sides, and the simple barriers they build along boundaries. It’s very poor and basic. Lots of mud huts and ramshackle makeshift housing. No permits required it seems!

The inters (distances between turns or corners or takeoff points and calibration) are tight and sometimes inaccurate so that when in a township such as in Puno, it can go very wrong and backtracking can be frustrating to reconnect with the planed route. At one point the navigator advised the driver to take a turn left, early, and we ended up on a one way road! No one seemed to care except us but it’s most stressful.
So now at the hotel away from the hustle and bustle to the quiet shores of the lake I sit and write this epistle for all you followers out there.
Thanks for your support.
We had a better day.

Some shots of Lake Titikaka

4 thoughts on “Day 21 – Arequipa to Puno on lake Titikaka

  1. Vintageant
    Medal
    1 40 146:29:25 F 1 USA 2 Chuck Lyford Pam Lyford Chevrolet Fangio Coupe 3540 USA 1938
    2 16 146:33:58 F 2 GB 2 Paul Carter Vincent Fairclough Bentley Derby 4¼ 4250 GB 1936
    3 1 146:34:56 F 3 GB 2 Graham Goodwin Marina Goodwin Bentley Super Sports 450 GB 1925 0
    4 12 146:39:30 F 4 AUS 2 Paul Kirkham Mariella Kirkham Ford 40 B Tudor 3916 AUS 1934
    5 70 146:42:05 F 5 DK 2 Lars Rolner Annette Rolner Bentley 4½ Le Mans 4398 DK 1928
    6 11 146:42:32 F 1 GB 1 Nigel Dowding Mary Antcliff Aston Martin MkII 1495 GB 1934
    7 17 146:52:09 F 6 B 2 Anton Gonnissen Inge Willemen Bentley Special Speed 8 B 1929 5675
    8 8 147:07:25 F 7 GB 2 Keith Ashworth Norah Ashworth Bentley 4½ Le Mans 4500 GB 1927
    9 37 164:16:40 F 8 GB 2 Mark Wilkinson Robert Wilkinson Bentley Speed Six 6597 GB 1926
    10 3 180:33:44 4 USA 5 Brian Shields Colin Shields Hire Car USA
    11 18 263:51:27 6 GB 5 Peter Thornton David Garrett Hire Car GB
    12 2 283:04:14 7 GB 5 Philip Noble David Brown Hire Car GB
    Pos Time Car Driver Navigator Car CC Class Year
    Classic
    Medal
    1 65 146:26:37 F 1 B 4 Joost Van Cauwenberge Christine De Landtsheer Porsche B 1973 911 2994
    2 62 146:29:38 F 2 GB 4 Richard Martin Travis Cole Datsun 240Z 2393 USA 1972
    3 33 146:30:04 F 3 CH 4 Marco Halter Claudia Engelhardt Ford Falcon Coupe 5700 D 1963
    4 57 146:33:42 F 1 NL 3 Mark Winkelman Colin Winkelman Porsche 912 1584 NL 1968
    5 52 146:35:04 F 4 GB 4 Alan Beardshaw Tina Beardshaw Sunbeam Tiger 4261 GB 1965
    6 53 146:35:15 F 5 D 4 Amin Hwaidak Jens Jarzombek Ford Mustang 4735 D 1965
    7 41 146:36:50 F 2 USA 3 Stan Gold Brant Parsons Porsche 911 2000 USA 1965
    8 59 146:37:37 F 6 GB 4 David Roberts Jo Roberts Triumph TR250 2498 GB 1968
    9 34 146:39:21 F 3 AUS 3 Blair Healy Mary Healy Peugeot 404 1600 AUS 1964
    9 50 146:39:21 F 7 CZ 4 Jan Hradecky Dana Hradecka Mercedes Benz 230SL 2334 CZ 1965
    11 14 146:43:19 F 8 AUS 4 Philip Macwhirter Laurette Macwhirter Morgan Plus 8 35 AUS 1969 28
    12 26 146:43:33 F 9 D 4 Christoph Ley Alfred Reichhart Mercedes Benz 220S Pon A 1959 ton 2195
    13 30 146:45:43 F 10 USA 4 Dennis Varni Kathleen Varni Ford Falcon GT 5700 USA 1961
    14 51 146:48:36 F 11 AUS 4 Phillip Blunden Lynda Blunden Austin Healey 3000 MkII AUS 1965 I 3000
    15 48 146:52:50 F 4 NZ 3 Stephen Partridge Corgi La Grouw Morris Oxford 1800 NZ 1958
    16 55 146:53:07 F 12 USA 4 Hans Middelberg Jurgen Grolman Ford Mustang Convertib D 1967 le 2890
    17 64 147:06:24 F 13 AUS 4 Bill Gill Katherine Gill Mercedes Benz 350 SLC 3500 AUS 1972
    18 36 147:12:23 F 14 D 4 Clemens Lansing Agneta Lansing Mercedes Benz 219 Pont D 1959 on 2195
    19 66 147:21:44 F 5 B 3 Michel Leempoel Francis Blake Peugeot 504 Coupe 1900 GB 1972
    20 61 147:30:28 F 15 GB 4 Barry Nash Malcolm Lister Rover P5B 3500 GB 1969
    21 21 147:41:51 F 16 ZA 4 Leon Bothma Hester Bothma Bentley MkVI 4250 ZA 1947
    22 68 148:06:07 F 17 CAN 4 Layne Treeter Len Treeter Chevrolet Impala 4600 CAN 1960
    23 23 150:07:20 F 18 ZA 4 Richard Everingham Seonaid Beningfield Bentley R Type ZA 1953 4566
    24 63 151:06:48 F 6 AUS 3 John Crighton Marian Crighton MGB GT 1800 AUS 1972
    25 31 151:31:15 F 7 GB 3 Nicholas Pryor Lesley Stockwell Volvo PV544 1780 GB 1962
    26 56 152:45:04 1 NL 5 Erik van Droogenbroek Ferdinand Rahusen Hire Car NL
    27 22 158:30:45 F 8 AUS 3 Chris Clemons Tim Clemons Sunbeam Talbot 90 1944 AUS 1952
    28 60 158:42:09 19 GB 4 Andrew Long Gina Long MGC GT 2912 GB 1968
    29 35 159:33:12 F 20 NZ 4 Garry Boyce Ken Williams Mercedes Benz 220SE 2195 NZ 1964
    30 69 160:49:50 2 NL 5 Dirk de Groen Alexandra de Lespinasse Hire Car NL
    31 25 160:56:45 F 9 USA 3 Ed Howle Janet Howle VW Type 1 – Beetle 1600 USA 1967
    32 67 162:53:18 3 F 5 Serge Berthier Jacqueline Thome ep Berthier Hire Car F
    33 39 170:25:37 F 10 GB 3 Gavin Henderson Diana Henderson Porsche 911 1991 GB 1965
    34 38 179:06:10 21 D 4 Andrea Hammelmann Paul Henschel Jaguar MkII 3780 D 1964
    35 54 189:10:57 22 CH 4 Dominique Vananty Daniel Spadini Citroen DS21 2175 CH 1966
    36 32 192:05:34 23 D 4 Hermann Frye-Hammelmann Gisela Hammelmann Mercedes Be D 1963 nz 300SE 2996
    37 58 210:17:01 5 B 5 Ronald Vetters Ann Puts Hire Car B
    38 24 278:07:41 11 CH 3 Mario Illien Catherine Illien Citroen 11B 1911 CH

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  2. keep smiling guys doing very well just looks phenomenal – Corgi Peter loves your descriptive writing he says must be a Kings college education ol chappee – giggle love sis

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  3. I see you are 14th and 4th in your class another great day buy the looks reading the other rally reports ,
    sounds like you are staying in a comfortable digs for the next few nights, Enjoy the rest
    Cheers .

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