A much better day!
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We cycled up the hill overlooking the town, and could see down the valley that we have cycled up for the past couple of days. We had cooked some pasta in the morning, as we knew that we wouldn't encounter any shops or restaurants until far down the other side of the pass. We stopped at around 11am to eat some of our pasta as a snack and watched a local couple watching over their cattle. As always it looked like a cold job, but it seemed like a simple existence, and the only rush hour traffic was when they walked their beasts back down the road at the end of the day. We came across a couple of women who were walking their flocks of half a dozen or so sheep to their grazing patch, but other than that barely saw a single car all day
We plodded up the hill, which took until about 2pm, as we gained 1000m, over 30km. At each turn we rejoiced to see that the paved road continued, and began to let ourselves wonder if this signalled a good road all the way to Cuzco now. We stopped at the top of the hill for some more pasta lunch, before starting an epic coasting down hill. As the road was quiet, paved and not tight switchbacks we were able to pick up a good speed and whizz down the hill.
We covered a further 50km and coasted through a couple of small villages, before arriving into Andahuaylas. The villages were small, with only a few houses and a few families walking about the area. They each had numerous dogs though, but thankfully they couldn't be bothered to chase after us. Andahuaylas was a fairly small town but had quite a few restaurants and nice hotels. We managed to find a good place, which had a hot shower and internet and were pleased to flop on to the bed after another long day. We were ready to rest up before one final slog to get to Cuzco.