Spending the night with hummingbirds!
Trip Start Jul 04, 2010
163Trip End May 10, 2011
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Km marker 220 at 2083m/6833ft to Km marker 200 at 2570m/8431ft
21.43 km/ trip alt 527m (ouch)/ave climb 3%/ max climb 9%
We woke with the sun and found the tent was caked with ice during the cold night. We were in no hurry so waited for the sun to thaw the ice. We heated water for oatmeal and coffee. And tried to explain to the spotted Dalmatian that we did not have enough for him or his friend. But they watched us eat anyway.
Traffic continued to be light and the views down the valleys were spectacular. We passed a waterfall and then a spring pouring out of rock outcrop along the road. Guys were refilling 5 gallon bottles with this pure mountain spring water. We topped up our water bottles.
The scenery is so beautiful that we pay more attention to our surroundings than to the grade we inch up. We reached the highest point of our trip so far 2830m/9280 feet.
At 4 pm, we reached a high ridge with a few houses, a small store and a tiny church next to the road. This constitutes a village. At the small tienda (store) on the side of the road we asked if there is a posada or other place to stay. Yes there is, she said, only about 25 km down the road!!
We continued on for another few km's,keeping our eyes open for a good camping spot. Dave who was ahead, motioned that he may have just found a great spot. He climbed a grassy knoll between two trees and returned minutes later with a thumbs up sign. It turned out to be hummingbird paradise. I have never seen so many hummingbirds in one place in my life. They Bbbrrrrrr Bbbrrrrr past us left and right, drinking nectar from the many wildflowers that surrounded us.
We had a great meal of curry soup and rice and slept like babies.