Glenn Doupe: 25 May 14
What a journey!!!!
Arrived home just yesterday after a very smooth flight from Lima to Toronto followed by a pleasant ride with Robert Q to London.
That wrapped up a most remarkable adventure and am still very much digesting everything seen and experienced.
Lots and lots of pictures ---- and stories to tell about the scenery and life in the parts of Peru that were visited (mainly the south and south central) ----- including of course ---- Machu Picchu! It is all another world!
In case you were wondering ---- yes, altitude -----meaning very high altitude ------ does do strange things to folks ----- young and old!!!!! I'll spare you the details here.
Beyond that the scenery is staggering from arid desert to huge mountains and canyons to ----- believe it or not ----- jungle! How about that!!!!! Had a dream setting and hotel the night before the final crazy bus ride up , up and up to Machu Picchu.
Gobbled up a lot of South American history pre- Inca ( 2000BC to 1200 AD) ------ Inca period ( 1200 to 1550 AD) and Spanish conquest and colonial period 1550 and after!
No need for car seat belts in the mountains and canyons. If you go one inch over the side of those roads a seat belt wouldn't make any difference in a vertical 1 km very rapid ( vertical) descent!
Had endless experiences of all kinds including with the Peruvians and the non-Peruvians we met along the way. I might add that in Lima in particular there are police everywhere of about twenty different types but I still managed to stay out of jail. It was tough but I managed.
And the traffic thing in Lima ( population 10 million ) is a thing to behold ---- and yes, more daunting even that Toronto when the Gardner Expressway is closed!!!!! In Lima it is totally "dare" driving" and you better have good eyes and depth perception because all metal to metal is just inches away from each other ---- all the time!!!!!
All of which is to say ----- it was a remarkable and most memorable trip and adventure.
Hope this finds you well and happy.
It really is a tough trip for eighty-year-olds! However if one survives it's truly unforgettable.
Any of our old pilots could tell you about hypoxia. We were introduced to it in a large chamber where the air was pumped out to simulate ~25,000'. First our fingers would tingle, then there would be sweat on our brow, then we could no longer do simple arithmetic, then we'd lose consciousness and the instructor would put our mask back on. Recovery was immediate.
In the air, in CF-100's, if the pilot seemed to be drifting off or ceased making sense, the AIOBS in the rear seat could activate the pilot's emergency oxygen supply.
BTW, as a general rule, people in our age group should never go above 10,000'. This is especially true for those of us who live near sea level.