Meeting fellow cyclists
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We stopped at a small shack that was selling, amongst other things avocados and bread. As we stopped for a quick snack the biting flies were relentless and covered us both in swollen, red bites. The heat in the valley was also ridiculous and I couldn't wait to gain some elevation to be in a cooler climate, with no bugs.
We cycled up through the valley on the other side of the river and wound our way up to the small town of Limatambo. We had intended to spend the night here, but as it was only 2.30pm and we both had some energy left we decided to continue onwards. We re-fuelled with some street food first, as there were a couple of carts selling chicken and chips. We also filled our water bladders, as we knew that we would have to camp if we didn't want to stay in Limatambo.
We climbed fairly steeply up through the valley and kept our eyes peeled for some Incan ruins which were meant to be right beside the road. Unfortunately we didn't see them and there wasn't a signpost to point them out. We continued climbing, passed small one room, brick houses and rows of crops on the hillside. There were a lot of potatoes growing on the hillside and I wondered why we only ever get meals with rice, or sometimes with chips
We continued to climb up the valley and as the sun was setting we started to look for a place to camp. Unfortunately every flat surface either had a small house on it or else it had crops planted on it. All other land was a steep drop off into the valley below. As the road was almost empty we were happy to continue onwards until we found somewhere suitable. At one point loads of kids came out and pushed us along the road for 100m or so, which vastly improved our speeds. Finally, at almost 8pm we found a small lane, which we imagine led to a quarry or something similar. It led off the road and provided us with a flat piece of ground, hidden from the road. We couldn't see any houses or lights ahead of us, so presumed that we would be undisturbed during the night. As we set up camp in the dark, I kept an extra careful watch for any tarantulas, which I now know roam around this area.