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Well, with our Inca Trail adventure finally in the rear view mirror we took the train back to Cuzco where we spent a couple days in hiking detox – namely sleeping, watching TV and spending countless hours trying to repair / recover / revive our numerous failing electronic devices. When everything is working they are travel godsends (netbook, dig readers, MP3, 8-track) but when they crash? Let’s just say I’m just now coming off my very first digital stress cold sore. I’m not certain if this makes me one of the earliest Terminator models or not, but I strongly suspect it does. Anyhow, from Cuzco we traveled to Arequipa which, despite being the second largest city in Peru, is still quite manageable and picturesque (I just now realized I hadn’t gotten around to using that word yet – my apologies). Not sure if it is “irresistibly sexy”, as the Lonely…

A four day epic that follows the trials and tribulations of a group of 16 English-speaking misfits as they make their way through the Andes along the classic Inca Trail in search of the iconic Macchu Picchu. Starring Dean “One Pair Of Pants” Johnston and Laynni “My Hair Is Only Sort Of Greasy” Locke     Director Frederico “Freddy” Torres Known for his unstoppable enthusiasm and immaculately trimmed moustache, the indomitable Freddie did a masterful job of inspiring unity and teamwork among the group, eventually molding us into a true family. As in, “Ok Fahmeelee, gather round to hear some approximately accurate stories about Incan history”, or “Now, Fahmeelee, it is probably best if you pee in the dark, and don’t use the bathrooms…” He was quick to point out the rare sections of the trail that were going to be “a piece of cookie”, and entertained us with his…

Well, it’s that time again, we’re back on the road, this time to South America, which is completely new territory for us. Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina are on the agenda, all Spanish speaking countries which should make things a little easier. Can’t wait to mangle that language in four new countries. As for the title of this blog – our trip just happens to work out to exactly 100 days which I thought fit nicely with a fairly famous book by Marquez that takes place in South America, although I hope this blog ends up including far fewer Aurelio’s. Anyway, as usual, at least one of us is excited to be moving again. Laynni typically takes a little while to get back into the swing of things, spending much of the first few days throwing me pouty, squinty looks and being grouchy about having to plan her bathroom visits in advance. But that all wears off once the initial travel days…

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