Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tuesday June 28, 2016 Rescues/Princesa



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Tuesday June 28, 2016
XX  Yesterday, Cristina spotted another distressed stray dog, a lovely white poodle in heat, being chased by a pack of aggressive males.  Cristina ran for miles trying to coax the dog into her arms and I even tried to help corner it with Toxic.   Finally a young man from the neighbourhood did manage to grab it and you could see the look of relief from the poor girl.  She ate rapidly and slept for hours.   You can tell that she is a house dog by the way she is respectful and is comfortable anywhere.
I named her Princesa and we gave her a bath today.   She is so sweet and lovable, and quiet!  Quiet is a great feature for me…   So we have our regular two dogs, Turi and Mariposa,.. plus the 2 rescue dogs, Sparky and Princesa.  Trying to handle 4 dogs at once is not in my purview of fun, not in my small house..  We are advertising on Facebook rescue sites to try to find the owners as soon as possible.  However, please hold up your hand if you would like to adopt either, or both, of the two rescues.   These two will love you to bits, guaranteed.   
Sorry to repeat the photos of Sparky, but that playful little pup really needs a good home with someone who has time to devote to him.
The latest Coopera payout began yesterday and I had sent out the El Tiempo story about what was needed to get our money.  I have had several reports from people who had absolutely no problem getting it done.  Hooray!!!
Tonight is the tenth edition of the Oldies But Goodies dance.  We have 66 people signed up so it should be a good time.  We have so many lovely single ladies attending, it is really too bad that a lot of the single guys do not know what they are missing!!!!
I hope you enjoy the photos.  That was the day's excitement,   Cheers, Al 
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Sparky is a bundle of fun and energy

He has that scruffy look that most find oddly appealing

He just wants to have fun

Please, somebody, give me a good home

Poor Princesa slept for hours after her rescue

Yes, there is a white dog underneath that grime

She is super gentle and quiet.  An awesome dog.

Yep, there was white under there....

We hope her parents will come forward quickly.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sunday June 26, 2016 Paute River



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Sunday June 26, 2016
I saw blue sky when walking the dogs at 6am so I decided today was the day to take Toxic on my long-awaited ride along the Paute River.   I tried to contact another fellow to come along but he never did respond so I went by my lonesome about 8am.  The air was refreshing but I was dressed for it with my new Herederos jacket.
All in all the trip was 7.5 hours and I covered about 170 kilometers to Osoyacu and back.  Ever since we rode this highway last month on the trip to Sucua I have been dying to get back and enjoy the scenery at my leisure.  Riding alone, I could just take it easy and not have to worry that my frequent stops would annoy someone else.
For the most part there was very little traffic once I got past Paute.  There were many rockslides and mudslides along the way but always with lots of warning.  A couple of slides had boulders the size of a small car.  
At one juncture I even saw snow!  It apparently had been dragged down from somewhere with the mudslide....  I guess a politician was killed yesterday when a mudslide pushed her vehicle off the mountain.....  Conspiracy theorists will blame the CIA, no doubt.
My biggest concern was gasoline.  With only a one-gallon tank, and about a 70km range, my options were limited.  I had filled up at Challuabamba, just in case and I knew there were stations in Paute.  After that it was white-knuckle time if I wasn't prepared.  The next station is at Sevilla de Oro and I made it there easily, but the next station was apparently at Mendez, 115 kms further, so I went another 25 kms or so and turned back.
I kept dodging the rain clouds and was pretty successful during the day overall.  
The worst things to contend with was some road deterioration, and washouts.  In several areas part of the road was sliding off the mountain.  In one particular place a waterfall of very dirty water was coming down and had formed a huge puddle on the road.  Toxic managed to navigate it easily both ways.  However it was on the way back that I realized that the asphalt road was almost sitting in mid-air because the water had eroded the dirt supporting the road!!  Hmmm, I don't think that I will take any bus trips along there anytime soon....   It appears that they will have to either move a heckuva lot of earth to rebuild the road, or they are going to have to put up a new bridge...
I took less shots on the way back and stopped in Palmas for a bite to eat.  This is the town where we stopped on our return from the Jungle Boogie trip and a group of kids became enamored with us.  Today the town seemed to be having a sports celebration in the church square.
Luckily I didn't have too many crazy drivers to contend with until the return from Paute.  The mentality of the drivers here is just insane at times.  They will put your life in danger to save themselves 2 seconds.
So, I am quite happy with my day's work.  Remember that these are all hand-held shots.
I hope you enjoy the photos.  That was the day's excitement,   Cheers, Al 
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Leaving Cuenca in the sunshine

The big flat mountain we call El Tablon

Another shot of El Tablon

Mount Cojitambo in the distance

The Josefina rockslide

Blue skies and good highway into Paute

The Paute River flows into the Amazon

Cock of the walk at one of my many stops

A shot from the bridge to go to Paute

Lots of greenhouses on this trip

The area around Paute is very green

A waterfall near Paute

Greenery, mountains and sunshine

So many green mountains...

Rock slide with a pretty impressive boulder

I have lots of shots of this church today, seen along the route.

Another huge boulder with a rockslide.

The Paute River stretches off into the distance

I just love this stretch of road

Another major slide takes up 1/2 the road

Great day for a ride.  Clouds come and go.

Lots of vistas of green

Some folks have some great views

Slide area...  No way I would build on this mesa....

More greenhouses along the way

And more huge boulders

Lots of animals tethered along the route, some got loose.

I managed to avoid any major rain

Country church with a view

Water dragging earth with it

Here is that church again from a different angle

Omg, again

Yup, again

More great views

And yes Virginia, that was snow!

No wonder I had to come back to see this...

View with a church in the distance

Same view, just moved over a little

A cascade coming to a bridge

and then going further down the mountain to the Paute

Green mountains of the Andes, farmed to the summits

Do you blame me for going on this wonderful trip??

Another river rushing to a bridge

Then winding down to the Paute too

Lots of water this year

Very pretty scenery

Looking back to that church across the valley

Another church with a view

Coming into Cayguas

I still love the mountains!

A few buzzards riding the thermals today

Framed for your entertainment pleasure

House for sale with magnificent views!!

Water to go under the bridge

and to come out the other side.

A landscape view of the same scene

Interesting junction with the Paute

Coming up to Palmas

Same shot, shifted left

The Paute seems endless

I was hoping to reach the hydroelectric plant

This waterslide is creating major problems

Another river to a bridge

This is the worst problem I had at the waterslide.  More later..

Rushing water everywhere

Love this candid shot...

Many people walk along the roads

I keep hoping the hydroelectric plant is around the next corner

Time to turn around and go back

My first real view of the big problem area

Notice the erosion under the road!   SCARY!

This waterslide is not helping matters

I was glad that I was riding light today

A few shots on the way back

What a glorious day to take this ride!

High in the Andes...

Back to Palmas for a bite to eat

Part of this was lunch

See the support has eroded away

Coming back is as nice

A horse with a view

Bossy is lowing..

Then she gives me that baleful stare

I will have to do this again!

Green, green, and more green...

Some threatening clouds I avoided

Not ready for you today....