Monday, June 27, 2011
Cuevas is the reason I agreed to move to Bolivia. It's spectacularly beautiful and now it's my job. This past weekend I went up there by myself to visit with the caretakers, Vilma and Hugo. Without their help, Cuevas would just be another beautiful curve in the road, with it Cuevas pretty much takes care of itself.
Hugo has said he wants to show me how to get on the highest peaks. That'll be great: now to make the time. It's my hope that after a few months of regular running and exploration with Hugo, I'll be able to take people on guided treks (or runs - anybody want to come with?). English exclusively (or butchered Spanish I suppose).
The pictures attached to this post are from my run yesterday. The road was quite muddy and probably wouldn't have been too terribly much fun to trek for prospective tourists, but the scenery wasn't very much diminished.
At no point would I say I was terribly "in" to this run.
I decided to try out some new/old gear for this one to see if it would serve for my longer runs when the weather gets hot(ter?). It was an older version of the GoLite Hydro Cruise pack.
I have a GoLite Slant which I like very much, but this thing, while nice for the greater water capacity and day hiking, is an absolute no go for running. Damn thing bounced around for my entire 2 hour run and I just couldn't stop fiddling with it. Very distracting and now I have some chafing I have to attend to. CamelPack it is for my long runs this coming summer.
Anyway my run yesterday took me down a road toward "Palermo". As near as I can tell Palermo is a town not on the map. It certainly isn't on Google Earth, though you can make out the road. Check it out:
If you click over to Garmin's site, you can also see the file from my run on Saturday. I didn't take any pictures because I got out late and it was getting dark, I've done this run before and I've got some pics, but don't really want to look around for them - sorry.
Thanks for reading and be safe out there.