A beautiful day
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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For almost the whole day we had agricultural land on both sides, with farmers tending their crops or watching their sheep. We saw lots of indigenous women, in traditional dress, which consists of wide, brightly coloured skirts, which often look like they either have about 10 on, or else have lots of netting underneath. They wear these over "Nora Batty" stockings, which are usually half falling down, and simple shoes. On their top halves, they usually have a simple blouse (normally white), with a brightly coloured blanket over their shoulders and a high top hat, which come in various colours and styles
We cycled through the small town of Yungay, which seemed like any other quiet, farming town. However, as soon as we left we noticed a un-characteristic amount of huge boulders and stones in the surrounding fields, which continued for about a kilometre. We found out that the original town was destroyed by a huge avalanche, triggered by an earthquake. In 1970, the whole town was destroyed and 18,000 people were killed. Now the new town is located a couple of kilometres up the hill, which is apparently outside of the avalanche risk area.
As we cycled we had a huge mountain range on our right, the Cordillera Negra, but an even more impressive mountain range on our right, the Cordillera Blanca. The 6000-7000m peaks were capped with snow and many of them had glaciers winding their way down the sides. Unfortunately there was some low cloud, which prevented us from getting good photos but it was spectacular scenery and stunning cycling.
We cycled 80km over the day, and ascended 1000m in elevation, however, with rolling hill we probably peddled up twice that