Probably the most annoying day on the bikes!
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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Basically I am not going to be able to describe how ridiculous the notion of cycling along this road was. It was 22km of fairly steep uphill, which should have taken us a couple of hours to cover but it took us almost a full day. We were cycling through deep mud, which had the look and consistency of melted chocolate, occasionally with big pebbles underneath for us to skid over. It covered every area of our bikes and got into all of the delicate gear and brake parts
We were both exhausted and annoyed when we finally made it into town at around 3pm, after covering only 22km. Kory had a standard lunch and I had some left over avocado with bread, which we had bought the previous day. Then we decided to push on to the next town, which was a further 9km up the hill. We realised that we needed to cover the little bit extra or else we wouldn't make it to a town the next day.
As we left the town we were greeted with an amazing sight, a paved road. We presumed that it would end at any moment, but were so grateful for it being there at all. It felt amazing after our horrendous morning, and we hoped that it would last just a little bit longer. Somehow it lasted all the way to Uripa, which was the second town. We saw a petrol station and cycled to the water tap/hose station, to try to clean down our bikes before the mud firmly stuck on. As Kory attached the hose the weak, plastic tap broke off in his hands
We found a little hotel, which had tiny rooms, with beds that were slightly bigger than a single. Although we were over 3000m altitude, where the air is cold and the climate is wet, the showers were still freezing. I have no idea how the locals can entice themselves to wash everyday, Regardless of all of these things, Kory and I were shattered and could have fallen asleep as soon as we arrived at 6pm.