Rain, rain, rain

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

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

We had been planning a day off in Huanuco, following our four days in the mountains and the National Park.  We knew that we would be tired and ready for a day off the bikes but also we had practicalities to take care of; restocking the food supplies, doing laundry, checking the bikes over, re-charging our Ipods/camera batteries etc. 

Huanuco's tourism slogan is "the best climate in the world", which wasn't the reason why we went there (it just happened to be on our route) but we would've been happy for a bit of sun after our time at higher altitude.  Huanuco sits at 2000m, so you can expect warm weather and it can be hot when the sun is out.  Around 3000m is when you have the colder evenings and there can be more of a chill in the air.  However, we arrived into the city in the rain, it rained on our rest day as we went for breakfast, when we walked to the market for our supplies, when we went for dinner, and only cleared up briefly as we left town the following day

It wasn't a big problem and we would always rather that it rained on a rest day when you can hide in the hotel or in a restaurant anyway.  It just seemed comical because we saw signs up describing their "perfect climate". 

The city seemed strange and unfamiliar to me, and didn't make me instantly like it in the way that other cities have charmed me.  Firstly, the traffic was really busy and everyone was rushing through the streets.  Also most of the pavements were unfinished, with huge pits or man-hole covers missing, which meant you had to walk with your head down at all times.  There were also a lot of beggars and people sleeping on the street, which we have hardly seen at all on the trip.  Conversely there were at least about a dozen casinos, with bright, flashing lights and glitzy looking hotels, with chandeliers in the porch, around the main square.  There were also far more big, flashy electronics stores, home style bars with drunk locals flashing their cash and tons of American Diner style fast food joints.  It had a strange feel of Las Vegas on one hand (with lots of casinos and hotels being called Las Vegas) but also seemed less cared for or maintained on the other hand.  It didn't sit well with me and I didn't really like it. 

Anyway, it did the job that we needed it to do.  We spent a lot of time at the hotel reading, writing my journal, and generally resting.  We also had the opportunity to eat lots of food, so that made us fairly happy and we feel rested up enough to head off tomorrow. 
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Karen on

Well since that day off was a WORK day...I think you need a few more in the next town! Hope it has good food, great people, HOT showers, and SOFT beds! The blogs give us an amazing vision of what you are going through! thanks so much Gemma for all the time you put into them! It will be such a great keepsake for years to come!

gemandkory on

Thanks! It takes quite a bit of time but I know that I will enjoy reading it in years to come. I managed to keep a journal going for each of our other trips too, but this is the first one that made it into a blog. I'm really pleased that everyone is enjoying reading it and feeling like they are on the trip with us.

Paddy on

Yes, Gemma, your blogs are terrific. Well done you for keeping them up to date. Something I wasn't able to do when I was in Ireland. But nearly a year on from my trip, I still love reading my blogs. I'm sure your's is being read by many adventure cyclists like yourself & will be a well read itinerary by those wanting to do the exact same trip in years to come.

I'm also keep up with my friend Anne's blog - cycling from Cairo to Cape Town [called the Tour d'Afrique - it's an annual event], so if you want a bit of extra reading, here is her blog link: http://aroundtheworldinachydaze.blogspot.co.nz/
She is travelling with about 45 other cyclist from all around the world. It's actually a race but I think she's only along for the ride.
You're all three of you, amazing individuals. I'm awe of you all.

Thanks again for the updates, it's a great read & the photos are spectacular.
Love Paddy

gemandkory on

Hi Paddy, Thanks for all of the lovely messages and kind words of support. I really appreciate you keeping up to date with our adventure and I'm pleased that you are enjoying reading the blogs. I had a look at Anne's blog, she has such a funny, beautiful writing style. Her trip sounds crazy, with the children chasing after the bikes with sugar cane whacking sticks! Africa would have a whole different set of challenges. How are you? Are you planning another trip yet, back to Ireland or to Canada? I hope all is well!!! x x x

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