WEEK #80 HOW ARE WE DOING? Made it to Cusco!

Made it to Cusco!

It’s been one of the heaviest weeks I’ve had since I started cycling. The Peruvian Andes Mountains aren’t for the faint of heart; long climbs to high altitudes, lots of temperature differences and changes in climate make it hard on the body. Now, after almost 24,000 km on the bicycle, it’s good timing for a short Christmas and New Year rest.

This past week I visited quite a special foundation, I’ve written about it a few weeks ago and was looking forward to the visit. I was just in time, too, the holidays are around the corner and I made it just in time for a two-day visit before they would close until the beginning of next year.

Photo courtesy of S.B.©

Photo courtesy of S.B.©

The foundation is called Manos Unidas, and they are truly doing inspirational work. I had the opportunity to visit two of the three projects they are currently running in Cusco, Peru. Both are very interesting and have again showed me what one can achieve when setting your mind to something.

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After the Christmas and New Year break I want to tell and show you more about this foundation and the projects they have in Cusco. I’ll also be sharing with you how 99%RIDE and their donors will be making a difference and positive change! More to follow, stay tuned!

Photo by S.B.©

Photo courtesy of S.B.©

Right now it’s good to be in Cusco. Believe it or not it’s going to be good not to cycle for a few days. I feel fairly exhausted, physically and I feel I need the rest for the next 5 months ahead of me. Another 5,000+ km are waiting and, next to the cycling, keeping track of the website, social media, videos, potential projects, e-mails and looking for possible donors does take a lot of time.

Photo by S.B.©

Photo courtesy of S.B.©

With this blog I am posting some pictures of the children attending Manos Unidas. They are a motivation for me. They haven’t been spoiled and they have no judgement. They have an amount of energy that surprises me, though it’s not always easy for the teachers, I love seeing the children fool around and continuously test the teachers to see how far they can go. The children at Manos Unidas are full of love. And they want to share this with you…

Photo courtesy of S.B.©

Photo courtesy of S.B.©

I hope to be able to give you all a special message next week. Please keep supporting and following 99%RIDE.
Good things are happening…

From Cusco, Peru,

Dirk Spits

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