Dave Reynolds

dave reynolds

Dave Reynolds

After 30 years of policing the streets of Bristol and beyond I have finally retired and off to explore new lands. Having travelled east in 2010 (Vietnam) and south in 2009 (Australia and New Zealand), this time I am heading west to South America. Not sure what awaits, but know one thing, if it's anything like the last two trips it will be an adventure I will not forget. Happy reading.

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco » Cusco May 20th 2012

So after 32,000 kms travelled by air sea and land, (4,500 km Punta Arenas-Cusco direct), 72,500 words typed out with one finger on my I-touch and uploaded into 49 stories I find myself sat at a Starbucks cafe in Lima airport with a tall mocha and cream typing out my 50th and final tale. Destination -London and then onto the west country and home for a decent bath and pint of real ale. I have just flown into Lima from Cusco and have 5hrs on the ground before next flight. It was a choice between a $50, 26hr uncomfotable bus ride or $120, 70min smooth flight. No contest really. I have spent the last few days resting after the Inca Trail hike and have used that time wandering around Cusco visiting buildings and museums to gain ... read more
Final meet up
Machu Picchu
Erractic Rock in Cusco

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 16th 2012

I am writing these thoughts sat high above one the most incredible sights I have ever had the fortune to witness. I am at the Inti Punku 'Gate of the Sun' at 2500 mtrs high looking down below onto a sight that has bought a tear to my eye. The lost city of the Incas, Machu Picchu. 'the old mountain'. Today is up there with the best of my travels. My dive to the barrier reef, the mirror effect of Lake Wanaka the parachute jump at Mount Cook, South Island, New Zealand, standing naked under a huge waterfall in the mountains of Vietnam. What I am quietly looking at has quite literally blown me away. A village constructed on top of a mountain some 2400 mtrs above sea level, and a 400 mtrs from the valley ... read more
View from Inti Punki
me in the way
on the approach

South America » Peru » Cusco » Machu Picchu May 10th 2012

" If you are travelling Chile David then you must cross into Peru and visit Machu Picchu" said my aunt Judith during our annual family Christmas get together. "why?" "because I never had the opportunity to go there and now I am too old to do so" she replied. "you must go on my behalf and report back" So there it was. My aunts word is the law and that was why I found myself up at stupid o'clock to get the bus to the check point and the start of the 50km trek to Machu Picchu (MP) and the lost city of the Inca civilization. Even though MP is one of the seven wonders of the modern world I had never heard of the place until a few years ago. A lead social worker, Richard ... read more
inca ruins
me in the way
some of our porters

South America » Peru » Cusco » Cusco May 9th 2012

Have arrived at my final destination, Cusco. A smooth and trouble free 40 minute flight instead of 11 hours on bumpy bus to a town of 400,000 soles nestled high in the Andes. My purpose of visit is the 4 day Inca trial to the lost city of Machu Picchu. Well I say lost, it is clearly now found, but is was lost up until 1911 when it was found and it's location remains known until this day, until I presume, it will be lost again. Why it was lost in the first place I hope to discover whilst here and I just hope that it remains found until at least the end of my trek. Otherwise we will all be lost and may never to be found. So the usual bullshit from the taxi drivers ... read more
cusco town
cathedral plaza de armas

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Colca Canyon May 7th 2012

I am writing this entry sat almost alone in the worlds deepest canyon, the Colca. Valley, high in the Andres at 3500 meters. Snow capped mountains and volcanos in the distance. lush green valley wall and far below me a river of which I can just here its sound. Above me two Condors are circling, catching the thermals created by the sun and the valley. Thirty minutes ago there were over 200 tourists here.but they have now left and it's just me and the magnificent, butt ugly Condors. Oh and Peruvian women selling their wares, and they don't count.So what made me get out of my pit at the unholy hour of 2.45am following a great barbecue the night before? Condors and apparently ... read more
condor time 2
Condor with canyon.
the crew

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica May 5th 2012

Oh Chile, oh Chile you captured my heart. and as I move north, it is hard to depart. Your people, your mountains, your desert, your coast You are all rightly proud to stand up and boast. Oh Patagonia,what land, of stunning beauty of windswept landscape, and bended tree, Set sail for los pengiunos but they'd have to wait Adrift as we were in Magellan strait. Oh Torres de Paine my breath you took Determined to trek you by hook or by crook, ... read more
on reflection
my saviors
Loving your work

South America » Peru » Arequipa » Arequipa May 4th 2012

Some things you may not know about Peru. The Incas were originally Japonese monks. The Inca civilisation invented ink. Peru means share the love. Peru is home to only 3 people. I find it har... read more
Guinea pig
Peru food
with Walter the host

I an writing this blog entry sat on a tock by a lake Chungara at 4500 meters snobs sea level. I am High in the Antiplsno. Of tje lLauca Natonal prtk.. .it is so Peaceful here, as grorgie fame on e wrote no one looking over my shoulder, nobody bresthing in my ear , ehixh at ghd moment sould be vety difficult. The air is do thin here i sm lgbt heared and msking msny typinf mostakes. Just imbing u a smLl hill leaves dveryone breathless. I os skso msking me cery tired snd i had started to fall aslerp on the bus. Cncentration is very difficult. I have been at 4500 before on Bivia but that was a gradual climb over a week. This has edn from desevel to 4500 meters in four hours.one lady ... read more
The interesting shack
flower on Cactus
Pirate poncho day

First of all dear blog followers a confession. I have had my first South American MacDonalds.Wandering around the city of Arica in search of an iron construction church designed by Eiffel - he who built the tower that bears his name in Paris- I saw the golden arches on top of a large pole. I started to salivated. Resistance was futile as having not eaten anything except Henny's grapes the night before, and despite the promise I try and make every time I go away to solely eat the food of the country I am in, I caved in and wandered inside. It was like a magnet and there was nothing I could do to resist. It was also a public holiday in ... read more
sunsetting at caves
south america in a rock
sunsetting at caves

South America » Chile » Arica & Parinacota » Arica April 30th 2012

'Get out of the waves.... Go back to the valley man' These words came back to haunt me when I was Jonny Utah for the day. George Evans where are you now? George was a young man I used to work with and who, during long night shifts. used to bring in films to watch. (and no, not the ones with Ron Jeremy, mores the pity). One film we all loved was Point Break with Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves, who played FBI agent Jonny Utah. A classic from the 1980's set around the surfing community. who happen also to be bank robbers. Dressed in masks of former presidents of the USA, Jonny had to learn to surf ... read more
Surfs up
Surfschool mobile
the beach

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