A long slog up the hill
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We made our way up through the valley and climbed almost 1000m over the day, which was slow going. The road followed the river, which had brown, fast-running water that looked close to breaking the river banks in some
The dogs in the valley have been terrible so far and although none have them have bitten our bags, they chase after us and bark ferociously. It means that we are always on the look out for them and slow down as soon as we see any, as we are worried that they are going to launch at us and knock us off our bikes. It seems ridiculous but we flinch as soon as we see any dogs, and brace ourselves for an attack.
We finally made it into the town of Huariaca and easily found a hotel, which looked like any standard, cheap accommodation. Kory went in to ask for a room, whilst I stayed outside with the bikes. He came out smiling, and once I walked inside I could see why. The room was one of the nicest we had been in for a long time, and only cost 25 soles ($10) for the night.
In the evening, we went to a restaurant for roasted chicken and chips, which is our new favourite dinner option. For the first time on this trip we had beggars come up to us whilst we were eating. It was quite off putting to have an old, local man poking my arm and pointing at my dinner. He had chosen the wrong people if he thought there was any chance of us leaving any of our food; we have insatiable appetites and eat everything we can get our hands on.