January 29, 2015
by Meagan Broughton
Riding by fields of vibrant red Quinoa. Passing through remote villages where Quechua (the language of the Incas) is still the main language spoken. Watching the sun rise over the white-capped Andes with camp coffee in hand. Climbing the twisting mountain side backroads of the Amazon to a cabin tucked far and away.
My first week of “work” with Sacred Rides back in June 2014 is still very fresh in my mind — a memorable week worth sharing with fellow globe-trotting-adventure-enthusiasts like you.
It went something like this…
Waiting patiently by my phone, I received the call on a Monday morning:
“Meagan, I regret to inform…the other candidates that you have been selected for the position with Sacred Rides.”
From lightning-fast low to dizzying high, I immediately accepted.
Tuesday’s team “meeting” was at the trailhead of 3 Stage, a technical set of rocky and rooty trails just outside the town of Collingwood, Ontario, where I met our crew for the first time.
A SHOT OF PISCO (PERU’S NATIONAL DRINK) LATER — A FORESHADOW TO WHERE MY WEEK WAS HEADED — WE HAD HIT THE TRAILS ON WHAT WOULD BE ONE OF MANY ADVENTURES MY FUTURE WOULD HOLD WITH SACRED RIDES.
A seed I had planted in the interview process — attending an Explorer trip to understand what it entails — came to fruition. I was told that Friday (4 days from that moment) I was heading off to Peru.
Wednesday led me to the Travel Medical Clinic for vaccinations and shots outdated from my childhood, Thursday I was borrowing a bike box (which is still sitting in my garage — sorry Robb!).
By Friday I was on a plane to Lima, Peru for an 11 day mountain bike adventure from Cusco to the Amazon and everywhere in between.
With 10-time Peruvian National Downhill Champion, Wayo Stein, as our Lead Guide, we did a little more than shots of Pisco (although we may have done a few of those as well).
A special shout out to my fellow riders of the June 2014 Cusco to the Amazon trip. An experience for my memory books!
Top image, from left to right: Maurice, Marcus, Zita, James, Miguel, Meagan, Wayo and Russo. Behind the camera was fellow rider Kathleen.
I encourage you to take a few moments to scroll through the images from my incredible journey that took me from Ontario to the Amazon.
Check out upcoming departure dates for the Cusco to the Amazon trip HERE.