The crossroads of our Peru journey
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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The road was paved and the traffic wasn't too heavy, which made me wonder if we had made the right decision to head away from the main road. Then there would be one big gust of wind in our faces and I would be reminded of one of the main reasons why we wanted to change direction
As we cycled along we made our way up a couple of small hills and could see the coastline from the road. At one point we could see a cool looking island just away from the shore, which looked like it was floating on the hazy, heatwave of the sand. We found a fairly nice place to stop for some lunch and enjoyed a soup, which had lots of pasta in it and then some rice with chicken. An hour or so later we stopped in another little town, to buy some mangos from the street stall sellers, as we knew that we were close to turning off onto the smaller road.
We cycled along until we saw a smaller road, leaving the highway. It was the only one that we had seen for about 10km, and it fitted the description from the other blogs that we are following but we checked with a local guy just to be sure. Right, so this really rugged, dusty, stoney, farm track is our new route?! It was a private road, which lead to one small village 22km away, and then would continue on for a further 28km, before re-joining a slightly better small road. It was the kind of road that we would never usually venture down, as it looked like it led to nowhere but having researched it well and knowing that numerous cyclists had not only done it before but also recommended it, we turned east and started a new adventure
We cycled for almost an hour and stopped for a drink. We didn't have a destination for the day, we had just hoped to ride the 85km to the turning point and then to find a place to camp. We saw a gravel pit, which had one side carved out from diggers removing the gravel. It seemed like an unusual campsite but provided us with shelter from the wind, and allowed us to hide from the occasional road user. We set up camp and watched the sunset over the mountains from our peaceful but possibly not very aesthetically pleasing campsite.