One last big day
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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The tiny village that we had stayed in had a limited water supply, even though the rainy season is just ending. They had no water when we arrived and all night, and just gave us a couple of pots of water to boil for drinking/cooking with and a pot to flush the toilet (very unsuccessfully). They had a shower area, in the open, just outside of their main living area, which consisted of a big drum of water that they had collected (this wasn't for drinking though, so I wonder if it was "used" dishwashing water or something)
We spent about an hour in the morning trying to fix my pedal and managed to temporarily attach it but it might not last as a long term solution. We headed off and joined a road made of mainly dust. The last few hours of our cycling yesterday was on gravel and we knew that we had about 30km of dirt/dust to cycle over this morning. Unfortunately it really slowed us down and it took us much longer than we were hoping for to cover the distance. We stopped a few times for drinks and slowly climbed up 400m on dirt road to arrive into the town of Huanta
In the afternoon, we covered a further 50km on paved road, but it was a lot more climbing and descending, which continued to be slow going. The day finished with a big climb into town, which was enough to finish us both off and we arrived into town quite exhausted. We had enjoyed the scenery through the valley though and were pleased with ourselves for covering the distance in only three days.
We found a nice hotel, with amazing views of the nearby church and of the city from the rooftop balcony area, which was connected to our room. The views even made having to carry our bikes and bags up four flights of stairs worthwhile! We could breath a sigh of relief, we had made it and for us it signifies the beginning of a new stage of our Peru journey, when we set off next it will be with destination Cuzco, which has been on our radar for months now.