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

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Flag of Peru  , Pasco,
Thursday, January 24, 2013

We had a very leisurely start to the day, as the room was so nice and the bed was too comfortable to want to get out of it. By the time we got ourselves ready for the day it was 10am, the sun was high in the sky and the air was warm. We cycled through the valley, beside the river. There were occasional small farms with crops but on the whole there wasn't too much at this end of the valley. The traffic was minimal and the road was fairly good pavement with only occasional cracks or potholes. We made our way up several hundred meters, with the road steadily climbing out of the valley.

We found a small restaurant in the town of Chirchin for some lunch at around midday. The town was fairly big, as it stretched along the road for several kilometers, but it was like a ghost town. We had almost given up hope that we would find somewhere to serve us food, but thankfully came across one place that was filled with road workers. We wondered if it was solely for the workers, as there wasn't a sign saying it was a restaurant but she welcomed us in anyway. She served some delicious vegetable soup and then brought out the predictable rice, with potatoes and a chicken leg, with a warm pineapple drink.

We set off again for the afternoon knowing that we had a lot more climbing to do, we would gain 1500m in elevation over the day and finish the day at 4350m. The road climbed and climbed, which led to a slow going pace as we ascended at around 6km per hour. The scenery was similar to the previous days, with green fields and occasional rocks jutting out of the hillside. One new photo opportunity were fields filled with llamas, who were busily munching on the grass and raising their long necks up to see who was coming up the road.

Unfortunately one of my pedals was playing up and causing me problems, which just added to the slow going nature of the day. Kory spent some time trying to fix it but it will probably need replacing. Thankfully now that we have ascended back up to the high levels, we should have a flat or downhill terrain for the next few days at least.

We were intending to camp but decided to check out the town for bike shops to see if they had any replacement pedals available. Also as the day was ending the clouds were looking gray and it was threatening to rain, so we cycled into town instead of bypassing around it as we had planned. We arrived into the mining town of Cerro de Pasco and hopped into the entrance of a hostel, with seconds to spare before the heavens opened and a hail storm poured down. The hostel was an old mansion house, that had unfortunately fallen into disrepair but it was comfortable for the two of us for one night.

In the evening, we walked into the main square area and saw a bit of a commotion occurring.  Some locals soon waved us over to join them and saw that there was bread and hot chocolate drinks being passed out by the police.  There was quite a big gathering and a few people gestured for us to take our free drink, with bread too.  I thought it seemed like a "help the homeless drive" and we could probably manage without it, but Kory thought it would be rude to say no as they were thrusting it into our hands.  So we enjoyed a hot chocolate drink with the locals.
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Karen on

BIG smiles for both of you.... Kory with a donut is hilarious and Gemma with a shower (hopefully warm) and each a BED! Lol

gemandkory on

I WISH it was a warm shower, it was an outside, cold shower, on a cold cement floor. It was the quickest shower you can ever imagine!! Yep Kory embraces the sugary treats when he is cycling that is for sure!

Natalie on

I think I see a tv in the room?Did you guys watch it? Curious what you can watch down there?

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