Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Long Treks on Skate Decks Episode 6: Gravel Roads

We're back with Episode 6 of the Peru y Bolivia long distance longboarding trip. Check out Episodes 1-5 in our blog archives.

Who says you can’t skate on gravel roads??? Getting deeper and deeper into the Andes, the Long Treks on Skate Decks crew tackles a 20-km gravel road winding down a mountain. Things are looking good and enjoyable until a nasty pothole sends Aaron flying, creating a hole in his elbow. Nasty wounds in S. America are bad news for infection. Luckily, the team stumbles upon a German doctor at a restaurant who has the magic potion to make Aaron better.

So for about 15km the paved road disappeared and there was a hard packed dirt road with so many pot holes and ruts leading down to Pucuio. Close to the city there was a hard right turn, locals were walking on the inside of the turn which had the best route with the least amount of bumps, but we had to take an alternate route which lead us into a huge pot hole bump. Aaron did not make it. The wound was deep and painful.

The road to Pucuio was one of my favorite skates, it twist and turns and goes around several mountains allowing you to look at a beautiful lush green valley below.


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