Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We found a small restaurant in the town of Chirchin for some lunch at around midday. The town was fairly big, as it stretched along the road for several kilometers, but it was like a ghost town. We had almost given up hope that we would find somewhere to serve us food, but thankfully came across one place that was filled with road workers
We set off again for the afternoon knowing that we had a lot more climbing to do, we would gain 1500m in elevation over the day and finish the day at 4350m. The road climbed and climbed, which led to a slow going pace as we ascended at around 6km per hour. The scenery was similar to the previous days, with green fields and occasional rocks jutting out of the hillside. One new photo opportunity were fields filled with llamas, who were busily munching on the grass and raising their long necks up to see who was coming up the road.
Unfortunately one of my pedals was playing up and causing me problems, which just added to the slow going nature of the day. Kory spent some time trying to fix it but it will probably need replacing. Thankfully now that we have ascended back up to the high levels, we should have a flat or downhill terrain for the next few days at least.
We were intending to camp but decided to check out the town for bike shops to see if they had any replacement pedals available
In the evening, we walked into the main square area and saw a bit of a commotion occurring. Some locals soon waved us over to join them and saw that there was bread and hot chocolate drinks being passed out by the police. There was quite a big gathering and a few people gestured for us to take our free drink, with bread too. I thought it seemed like a "help the homeless drive" and we could probably manage without it, but Kory thought it would be rude to say no as they were thrusting it into our hands. So we enjoyed a hot chocolate drink with the locals.