20th May 2017
Preperation for this blog must have lost it`s excitment by this point, as my notes are starting to get lesser!
Normal start again and in the van for to the top of the first trail, a little beyond the village of Maras in the village of Misminay. The trail was an easier mix of cross country riding with some gentle but fun downhill. Or as Carlos put it, cross county-downhill. Just as well, a recovery day was needed after a few intense days riding.
First trail took us through a small village with a bunch of friendly kids, then past the Inca terraces of Moray. This place was awesome, the Incas built these terraces to experiment with growing different types of crops, to find the best altitude and conditions to get the best produce. Each level of the terrance, just like the valleys in the region, has it`s own micro climate, so important to for them to know how to get the best from them. We continued down some fun tracks through the town of Maras, then down a fast section of dirty track to the Maras salt plains. Small jumps and natural berms made it a relaxing yet enjoyable blast. All jumped back in the van and off to the second trail.
Day 6, and the first team photo!
The second trail is used as a mini megavalanche event, purpose built for bikes, and it was awesome. Super fast, leading into off camber rocky sections with drops finishing with a jump and berm section. Had a near moment on one jump but kept it rolling. The track continued down to Maras and then joined the same trail to the salt plains. We bumped into one of Carlos and Joey’s friend on a brand new Devinci downhill bike, so he joined us for most of the second trail.
Away to descend the miniavalanche course (L-R Myself, Chris, Denis & Jon)
We worked our way through the crowds of confused tourists in the buspark, and cycled along the side of the salt plains. This took us onto another fast single track down to the river and the waiting van close to Urubamba. This section was unexpected, with sizable drops off to the side of the trail and some nice switchbacks to negotiate, a really good way to end the ride.
Back to the hotel early to wash off the dust and get the BBQ going, and an afternoon off to recover a little before the downhill tracks continue tomorrow. Pizza, cake and sweet potato and pumpkin donuts for tea, and a few more card games. I was starting to get the hang of the card games at this point, but now completely forgotten!