We were up and away at 6am to drive on the famous Peruvian roads which aren’t the best for 4 hours to start our mountain biking adventure! Once at the top of the Manu National Park we sorted our bikes and got all our kit sorted. After a quick lunch we were ready for the 50km downhill ride through the rainforest to our accommodation at a jungle lodge... Jo wasn’t a happy camper at all to start with as the road was rather bumpy for the first quarter. I stayed with her for the first part then couldn’t control it and put the pedal on the gas to try and catch the others up! After a few minutes I passed Yanny, Lisa, Alison and Bruce who were looking after Yanny who fell off in a tunnel full of mud! She looked a right state and I zoomed past in a right fit of giggles! The next part was awesome, smooth curvy roads with mud and small river crossings, just awesome! I was in my prime and nailing it down trying to catch the others (who were miles ahead) and all of a sudden I rounded a corner with a bridge and saw that they rest had stopped. Cool I thought – what a legend I am... Well, Gordon had taken a tumble in the front group and broke his shoulder! Yes, it was that or going over the bridge and dropping a fair way down onto a pile of rocks! So, his lovely girlfriend Christine and Martin (cool as tour guide) had to drive him to hospital back in Cusco! And that was him for the rest of the trip (surgery in Canada needed when he gets back!). We carried on and flew down the rest of the track until the last few kilometres which were super bumpy! Jo and Lisa wisely decided to jump in the support bus for that leg!
The jungle lodge was amazing! All open air and with nature! No showers, no power, just good old living in the jungle! We had a quick dip in the river though as we were covered in mud which was rather refreshing! That evening we had a fantastic meal (all the food for that matter has been amazing on this trip!) and chilled out with a few beers and some card games!