A rest day after some hard work

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

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Sunday, January 13, 2013

The hostel that we were staying in was a beautiful, old, colonial mansion, with about two dozen rooms surrounding a courtyard.  It was really quiet with no other guests, so we were extremely pleased to be able to have a lie-in and rest after a few tough days of pedalling.  The woman in the hostel was friendly but left us to our business but her tiny puppy and gorgeous Labrador were more than happy to play.  The area that we were camping in had a hammock and a few picnic tables, so we spent a lazy morning drinking tea with all of our maps spread out on the table in front of us.   

At lunchtime we found a small restaurant and ordered the standard "menu del dia" for 7 soles (just under $3) and expected the normal plate of chicken and rice.  We were pleasantly surprised when a three course meal came out, with an entrée of something that we have no idea what it was, but it was different and looked like they put a lot of time into making it.  It tasted something like mashed sweet potato, with veg, herbs and a little bit of egg on the top.  Then we had a delicious soup, followed by chicken, with peppers, onion, tomato, in a sort of fajita sauce, over chips and of course rice on the side.  All washed down with a chica morada, which is a sweet Peruvian drink, made from purple corn, which grows like sweetcorn.  It is made by boiling the corn with pineapple, cinnamon, clove, and sugar.  We have had it numerous times recently but it can vary in how tasty it is, but this one was a good treat.  We were very happy with the lunch and wished that we would be served something of that quality everytime we saw the "meal of the day" sign.

We had decided to stop at Caraz as we had heard that there was some great trekking in the area, so we spent the day investigating our options.  I'm really not sure where the day went, by the time we had done some laundry, spent some time on the internet and Kory had removed another thick layer of dust from the bikes, it was half way through the afternoon.  As we looked at the treks, we realised that lots of them were multi-day hikes, which we didn't really want to sign up to, as they required a guide, porter, donkey etc or else would entail a lot more research and us hiring backpacks and a smaller/lighter tent.  The other option was to cycle to a lake, but that meant a 2000m climb on a dirt road, in the wrong direction of our intended route, and we decided we were too lazy for that!  Our best bet seemed to be to cycle on to Huaraz and do one or two of the one-day hikes from that town instead, which is on our way anyway.
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Gramma on

Sounds like you needed a well deserved REST.....Love and hugs

Doreen on

Happy birthday for the 1st Gem! We will eat chicken and rice that day washed down with a drink made by the local peasants. Love you. Look after yourself. xx

gemandkory on

Thanks for the birthday wishes. I don't know where we will be yet but i'm sure we will be eating something like that. I hope you are both keeping well! Lots of love!! x x

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