A beautiful day

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
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Trip End Apr 20, 2013


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Flag of Peru  , Ancash,
Monday, January 14, 2013

We packed up the tent and said goodbye to Caraz, after a nice one day stay.  We easily found our way out of the small town, which had a handy ring-road around it.  We knew that the road should be paved all day, and as it was a high mountain road, the traffic wasn't very busy.  We spent the day cycling through small villages, which had a dozen or so houses and maybe a couple of street stall sellers. 

For almost the whole day we had agricultural land on both sides, with farmers tending their crops or watching their sheep.  We saw lots of indigenous women, in traditional dress, which consists of wide, brightly coloured skirts, which often look like they either have about 10 on, or else have lots of netting underneath.  They wear these over "Nora Batty" stockings, which are usually half falling down, and simple shoes.  On their top halves, they usually have a simple blouse (normally white), with a brightly coloured blanket over their shoulders and a high top hat, which come in various colours and styles.  The men don't seem to have such a distinct clothing style and wear simple trousers and a woollen jumper normally. 

We cycled through the small town of Yungay, which seemed like any other quiet, farming town.  However, as soon as we left we noticed a un-characteristic amount of huge boulders and stones in the surrounding fields, which continued for about a kilometre.  We found out that the original town was destroyed by a huge avalanche, triggered by an earthquake.  In 1970, the whole town was destroyed and 18,000 people were killed.  Now the new town is located a couple of kilometres up the hill, which is apparently outside of the avalanche risk area. 

As we cycled we had a huge mountain range on our right, the Cordillera Negra, but an even more impressive mountain range on our right, the Cordillera Blanca.  The 6000-7000m peaks were capped with snow and many of them had glaciers winding their way down the sides.  Unfortunately there was some low cloud, which prevented us from getting good photos but it was spectacular scenery and stunning cycling. 
  
We cycled 80km over the day, and ascended 1000m in elevation, however, with rolling hill we probably peddled up twice that. Regardless of that the day went easily and we both loved it, because the views were so amazing and the riding conditions were excellent.  As we arrived into town we headed towards a highly recommended hostel.  Unfortunately there were no street names and no one that we asked had ever heard of the hostel or the street name, even when we were standing on that very street.  Couple that with the hostel having a tiny sign, we actually cycled passed it twice, even when we were on the right road.  It made for a frustrating end of the day, as it added an extra hour to our cycling time and meant that we were still outside when a hail storm hit.  Thankfully we finally found it and were greeted by a Bob Marley figure, who was more than happy to share his student house style home, with backpackers.  It was a cool place to stay though, with a climbing wall in the back garden and free access to the kitchen, which hasn't been the normal since Colombia.

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Karen on

Yeah... you are BACK into civilization and greenery! AND some nicer accomodations! Congrats on the 3 course meal for 3 bucks! Oh and Kory you must have found the shaver hey! LOL you both look great and fit!

Grandma on

So true what Mom said, You are both in such good shape. All that Rice and chicken, must be healthy..... Love and hugs

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