A really cool campsite

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Peru  , Piura,
Friday, December 28, 2012

As soon as we woke up we noticed that the wind was still going as strongly as it was the night before. We thought it would be calmer in the morning and build up slowly during the day as it had the previous days but it was blowing strongly from the moment we woke up.  It would make for a slow going day on the bike.

I was feeling much better and managed to eat breakfast, which was an omlette, with cheap, hotdog sausage chopped up into it, over a bed of rice, with a black, instant coffee. We were in the middle of nowhere though, surrounded by barren, dry landscape so I should have been
grateful to have anything. We packed up our tent and set off in to the wind. The ride was fairly flat but the wind was gusting strongly and kept our speed at around 13-15km per hour. It was infuriating because we would be coasting along at twice that speed if it wasn't for the wind being against us.

The landscape was barren and desert like. We were surrounded by dry, red soil, with thin, twig like shrub, with no leaves on them, which of course meant that they didn't provide any shade for us when we stopped for our water breaks.

We continued on slowly notching up the kilometers, stopping every hour for a small drink and snack break. Around midday we arrived into a small town, which wasn't on our map. Which made a change because usually there is a small dot on the map and we cycle through it without realising it was more than just a house or two. We pulled in and checked out a restaurant, and Kory ordered a set meal. I, on the other hand, decided to explore the bakery and came back to the restaurant with two slices of chocolate cake with chocolate sauce on the outside. Usually there is nothing like that it be found but then occasionally when you are least expecting it, in the middle of nowhere, you find something good. So, as kory ate his chicken and rice, I tucked into two slices of chocolate cake!

As we carried on for the day we saw a strange sight approaching from the other direction. It was a Belgium cyclist, who was on a reclining bike, with a trailer pulled behind him. We stopped to talk for a few moments, and learnt that he had been cycling all over the world and was making his way up from Patagonia to the USA at the moment. He was loving the wind, which was pushing his low set, three wheeled rig along nicely. After swapping a few hints and recommendations we carried on our way.

After more cycling through the dry landscape we saw a small hut selling drinks and coconuts and pulled in. The girls were clearly bored and happy to chat as we sucked up the coconut milk through a straw. When kory asked for a photo with them, they were delighted and ran off to get their camera too, which passed another 5 minutes for them, whilst they waited for another customer to pull over for a drink.

We had been hoping to make it to a city called Puira, but as we had been battling with the wind all day, we hadn't managed to make it that far. We had still covered almost 100km though, but were about 20km shy of our intended destination. I think we will just have to revise our targets a bit in line with the wind, as we were exhausted before we could see the lights of the city.

We saw an old ruined house near the side of the road and headed to it to camp inside. It was a old peasant house, with walls made from mud and what looked like corn. It had no roof, or windows or doors but the shell of the house provided us with shelter from the wind.  We set up our tent and made a delicious pasta, tomato sauce and tuna dinner, which was just what the doctor ordered for my recovering tummy. We hadn't seen tomato sauce anywhere until we were leaving Mancora, so we were excited to have a different flavour from the often dry chicken and rice dishes. The little house provided us with great shelter in the vast desert, and made for a memorable campsite.
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Karen on

It looks like you are in the middle of nowhere....thankful that you are finding treats and shelter when you Need them! Gemma I was surprised that you chose chocolate cake with an upset tummy! Lol

gemandkory on

I was feeling much better by the second day and just fancied something tasty, rather than plain rice and chicken. I meant to give Kory a slice but somehow ate two instead.

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