An easy ride with plenty of ice-cream

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

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

We made our way out of the small town of Jauja and along the east side of the valley towards the city of Hauncayo.  The sun was shining and it looked like it was going to be another fine day, possibly with some showers in the evening, which seems to be the general trend up in the mountains. 

The riding was really pleasant, with a good road, and it was flat as it curved through the valley.  The road made its way through several small villages that were known for being areas for crafts such as weaving, basket making and jewellery making.  This is what our guide book tells us but we saw no sign of any of that.  The one unusual thing that we saw was small shops selling milk, yoghurt, cheese and ice-creams and they seemed to be locally supplied by the small farms in the valley.  We saw one truck that was collecting the milk in a big tank, from the farmers wives who would sit by the side of the road to pass up buckets filled with fresh milk

We only had 50km to cycle during the day, so didn't feel the need to rush to the big city.  I suggested to Kory that we stop for some ice-cream, but he wasn't interested.  By the time I told him I was getting some anyway, he had well and truly jumped onto the bandwagon and ordered five scoops, to himself!!  It was really yummy and tasted really fresh and creamy.

We continued on passed the small farming villages, where lots of people waved or said hello.  Then slowly made it into the town, which was fairly quiet and easy to navigate our way into.  We arrived into the centre at around 1pm and went straight to have a proper lunch, as our muscles won't appreciate an ice-cream lunch as much as I do.  Unfortunately we were sent on a wild goose chase in terms of accommodation, as one hostel that was recommended was closed for renovations and the other was filled for a family get-together.  We finally found a fairly nice place near the main plaza but had lost our anticipated restful afternoon. 

We enjoyed a beer in the main square in the early evening, and watched the locals going about their daily activities.  There was the guy with the loudspeaker who was shouting about something religious, the four year old girl who was trying roller-skates for the first time, the poor boys who were trying to sell chewing gum to make some money for their family, the whistle-happy park attendant who told everyone off for sitting on the grass, running, or having fun (except for us, who she purposely didn't see sitting on the grass), the mums breastfeeding their toddlers happily in public(!), and the ice-cream sellers who push their somewhat melted goods around whilst shouting at the top of their voices incase you hadn't noticed their fluorescent yellow shirts and trolleys.
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Gramma on

That ice cream looks dellicious, Kory. Is it lilke home-made?????

Doreen and Dave on

It's your birthday tomorrow {1st} Gem so " feliz cumpleanos"! I've baked you a carrot cake if you'd like to pop round. Did you fix your pedal? You write well and make your journey come alive. Love you lots. xx

Gramma on

Found out it was your Birthday, Gemma.... So belated Happy Birthday....Do hope you's done something special..,Your mom said that you's are on skype tonite. So she will tell you's all the news..... Love and hugs....

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