• Peru – And Then There Was One

    Posted by Loren on April 25, 2011

    Earlier this week, Murray and I visited two friends that volunteer at the Diospu Suyana Hospital in Curahuasi, which is two hours north of Cusco, Peru. The hospital is a marvel of modern medicine, and runs as a charity giving the poor farmers in the region access to quality treatment. One of the perils of riding through Central and South America is the nonchalant attitude towards food hygiene. Murray has been suffering from stomach troubles so he booked in to see one of the German doctors in the hopes of being prescribed medication to remove the parasite. Unable to find the cause of the problem, the doctor advised Murray to return to Australia.

    Murray is now en-route to Australia, leaving me in the care of his motorcycle, which will be stored and sold to a fellow Canadian, who will be riding it north. I am in Cusco, and have enrolled in a Spanish course for a few weeks. After months of planning the trip and then 19,000kms on the road, it is time I stopped for a bit. Learning Spanish seems a good distraction from motorbike riding and the sudden departure of my riding partner.  With some adjustments to my bike and my new fluency in Spanish, I will continue south.

    Murray mentioned yesterday that although we have words and pictures and videos to share with others, we are the only two that have experienced it. It has been the best experience and I will truly miss sharing it with Murray. I am sure the words will be a little less amusing and the photos a lot less bright. The trip has at times taken all the energy I have, and for Murray to do it while being unwell shows the strength of a fighter. My thoughts and prayers see Murray back on a BMW F800GS very soon.

17 Comments | Leave a Reply

  1. Donna on March 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

    I’ve been sad all week ever since learning that the Steel Horse tour had lost half of it’s horse power. I know I speak for many when I say I was adventuring vicariously through you! I’m a bit of a girl, but even I started to dream of hopping on a motorbike and following the road south! Will be rooting for you both; Murray as you take care of your health and Loren as you fulfull the Steel Horse dream solo.
    PS. I guess I have to find something else to do now that I won’t be following the Tracker every 10 minutes.
    PPS. Great photo editing, once again.

    • Loren on March 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

      Oh you can still watch the tracker, just it won’t be going anywhere. I could wear it around town, “oh look Loren is at the coffee shop AGAIN!!’

      • Donna on March 28, 2011 at 9:27 am

        Loren is at schoooooool, hesatthecoffeeshop. Loren is at schoooooool, hesatthecoffeeshop. Loren is at schoooooool, hesatthecoffeeshop.

  2. Lorraine Milla on March 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Thank you for sharing your incredible trip with its amazing experiences and superb photography. So sorry you can’t finish the trip at this time Murray,but hope for a speedy recovery and a rapid return to good health. Safe travelling Loren.
    John & Lorraine Milla

  3. Mumma Pamma on March 26, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you for your message Loren…….i’m sure you will enjoy your Spanish lessons & a catch up…..You will have both a great storehouse of memories……Safe & happy travelling…..Love….. Murray’s Mum xx

  4. marlene on March 26, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    hey – you can’t leave……how are we going to end the story??? too bad – well, we hope you’ll be back someday – or maybe Loren you can come back here….enjoy learning Spanish….

    • Loren on March 26, 2011 at 3:09 pm

      We are a bit behind on the blogs, so even though i am standing still, should still have some photos and accompanying words. Should :)

  5. Sherry on March 26, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Loz??? What do you need to learn spanish for….after all, your already fluent right? previous photo’s have showed you, chatting up, or chatting with the locals!! Since I’m colombian, i’ll happy to help you out if you need assistance. Im sorry to hear about Muz! Hopefully a full speedy recovery for you! Loz….there is a great…i mean great (and they don’t spill water on you) restaurant in Cusco. I’ll try and find names or send you directions to it!

    • Loren on March 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

      Your dear ex-travelling partner, Liz, has already provided detailed directions to said establishment. Muz and I went on Wednesday night, and it was so good we went again on Thursday night. As all my friends have now ditched me, I couldn’t dine like a Nigel on Friday night, instead having 3 muesli bars and a bottle of water. Cicciolina is the restaurant, and they also do breakfast, which is going to be sampled tomorrow.

  6. Tim Price on March 27, 2011 at 12:29 am

    Sorry to hear about Murry. You should try to latch on to some other riders going south rather than riding solo.

  7. paco on March 28, 2011 at 5:40 pm

    Amigo Loren,quiero darte muchas gracias por ser el companero de Murray durante muchos kilometros.Gracias por las fotos maravillosas de todo el viaje.Te deseo que puedas aprender pronto un poco de espanol para seguir el viaje hasta el fin.Que dios te bendiga y acompane el resto de tu aventura. UN GRADE ABRAZO de Paco.NORUEGA.

  8. Enma on March 29, 2011 at 7:53 am

    The Steel Horse Trip was a really big and exiting trip for you, and also for us who look all the pictures and movis you took.Thank you for to share this with us.When we look you Murray in the trip you look strong, but when we here the news about you helse we feel really trist.We hope soon you will resive help,and we think a lot of in you. many hot greetings from Enma, Arne and Angelica

  9. Anna B on March 29, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Sorry to hear you’re crook, Murray – hope you are soon better than new. You’re right about this being an experience that is so much more than just the pictures and words you’ve shared with us all – although those have been fantastic too! Loren, good luck for your onward journey. Thinking of you both!

  10. Bec on March 30, 2011 at 11:53 am

    How awesome has your trip been already, you’ve had an amazing adventure together! Much love to you both xxoo

  11. Tanya on April 3, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Hope you feel better soon Murray, our thoughts are with you. Loren, take care and enjoy the rest of your journey. It’s been great following your blog boys!

  12. Ted on April 3, 2011 at 7:22 pm

    sorry to read of the Muzza’s troubles, hope all goes well and hope that you Loren stay safe. Keep the blog posts coming and when you hear news of Muzz’a health make sure you update the blog readers

  13. John Martin on August 8, 2011 at 1:43 am

    Sorry to hear about Murray and his trobles ending his trip. Was nice meeting up with guys on the SteelRat. I went up to Cuba on a long boat ride and had a wild time before coming back down to Panama and then back to Colombia once more. Spent so much money I left the bike in Cali to come home in April and make some more money to head back down South in Sept or Oct. Sounds like you’ve had a good run, Boliva was treating you well;)

    Adios Amigo,