A long slog up the hill

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


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Flag of Peru  , Pasco,
Wednesday, January 23, 2013

We set off from Huanuco, which was meant to be the city with the best climate in the world, but as far as we could see, it was a damp, grey, drizzly city.  As we set off in the morning it wasn't actually raining but the sky was grey and it looked like it may pour down at any moment.  It took us a while to make our way out of the city, as (of course) there were no road signs.  Once we were on the right road we saw a interesting sight, which we can't explain at all.  There were about 30 police officers, with riot shields, guns and police dogs, all surrounding a small side road.  We tried to ask the crowd of locals what was happening but I don't think anyone knew exactly.  I even tried to search it on the news but there wasn't anything mentioned on there either.

We made our way up through the valley and climbed almost 1000m over the day, which was slow going.  The road followed the river, which had brown, fast-running water that looked close to breaking the river banks in some
places.  Over the day we covered just over 80km, and spent the afternoon cycling through wet, grey weather.  We stopped a few times for drinks and snacks but didn't take many photos as the weather didn't make for a good sightseeing day. 

The dogs in the valley have been terrible so far and although none have them have bitten our bags, they chase after us and bark ferociously.  It means that we are always on the look out for them and slow down as soon as we see any, as we are worried that they are going to launch at us and knock us off our bikes.  It seems ridiculous but we flinch as soon as we see any dogs, and brace ourselves for an attack.

We finally made it into the town of Huariaca and easily found a hotel, which looked like any standard, cheap accommodation.  Kory went in to ask for a room, whilst I stayed outside with the bikes.  He came out smiling, and once I walked inside I could see why.  The room was one of the nicest we had been in for a long time, and only cost 25 soles ($10) for the night.

In the evening, we went to a restaurant for roasted chicken and chips, which is our new favourite dinner option.  For the first time on this trip we had beggars come up to us whilst we were eating.  It was quite off putting to have an old, local man poking my arm and pointing at my dinner.  He had chosen the wrong people if he thought there was any chance of us leaving any of our food; we have insatiable appetites and eat everything we can get our hands on.
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karen on

80kms on a WET day? Very good!

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