Riding Mishaps and Long Journey to Lima

After the amazing Huayhuash Circuit ride, we realized that riding on really steep rocky dirt road with extremely high passes (up to 4900m) is not our cup of tea. Personally, I love bike touring because it feels like a meditation in motion. My body is active, my mind is alert and I love to be able to get in the zone, pushing my body, controlling my breath, alert of my surrounding, yet being able to think inwardly for the majority of the time. The high passes, the diluted oxygen and the constant worry about finding a path on very rocky, pothole-y dirt road, and the uber low speed (3mph!) on the steep dirt road does not allow me to be in the zone. The downhill is not much better either- having to constantly break on very steep hills, we had to stop every kilometer or so because our hands were so sore. Maybe we have not given it much chances yet, but I am sure the time will come sooner or later.

 

That said- after spending time at Huaraz, we regrouped and tried to find more paved road. We are not super averse on riding dirt road, just not all.the.time.

Being an obsessive planner, changing plans are a little difficult for me- I guess this is a good learning experience for me.

I came up with a route- first we had to take the bus to La Union, then head East and down on the other side (East side) of Andes. I scoured through the maps and found what we thought was the best solution to having majority of the route on “pista” (paved road) through some large cities for provisions and occasional showers.

thumb_IMG_3413_1024Here is Brady- ready to start again on the bicycle in front of a plaza-

 

thumb_IMG_2100_1024It was raining, but the scenery was beautiful, with greeneries, farmland and rivers.

Alas, after two days of riding, we found out that the route that we picked were the equivalent of Hwy 5— it was jam packed with large busses and trucks. It’s the artery of transportation North-South on the other side of Andes. We spent a couple of days battling the dust (it’s desserty, hot and dry there!). We also passed a VERY LARGE town- Huanuco. Not so fun for riding. After reaching Ambo, we decided to take the bus to Lima.

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thumb_IMG_3455_1024Waiting for the bus in Ambo.

Brady really missed surfing! So we decided to hell— we’re already in Peru, why not, let’s try and surf Chicama, the longest wave in the world, approximately 8 hours bus ride North of Lima, near the town of Trujillo.

What was supposed to be an 9 hour bus ride from Ambo to Lima (night bus), turned out to be 23.5 hours!! There was a tanker truck that fell on its side and completely closed the two-lane freeway that we were on. We were supposed to arrive at 6AM, but ended up getting to Lima at 9PM.

thumb_IMG_3472_1024Here is the long line of buses waiting to go through. Good thing that I had a kindle book on my iphone. I managed to finish an entire book waiting for the road to open back up.

The joy of Lima! To backtrack a little bit, there are only very few options of food in Peru- at least the Andes where we were at. They have Caldo de Gallina (chicken soup), Lomo saltado, fried trout, and Chifa (mound of rice- Chinese food). But that’s about it! And we have been consuming the same food over again on repeat (with barely any vegetables)! But Lima!!! They have SUSHI! and CEVICHE! and BURGER! and STARBUCKS! and buffet of CAKES! and MANHATTAN!! We were in food heaven.

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thumb_IMG_3483_1024We even found a Saturday farmers market– just like home. Here is Brady looking very content with our organic purchases. I seriously need to consider starting a kombucha revolution here or something!

 

thumb_IMG_3486_1024We biked a bit around Miraflores- it was a very nice part of town (super safe and super gringo).

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We surfed every day in Lima in the three days that we stayed there. The waves were surprisingly amazing and the beach was walking distance to where we were staying (Miraflores). We splurged and ate at the best restaurants. It was VERY expensive in Lima in comparison to the Peru standard that we had been used to— things cost at least 3-5 times as much. In the Andes, we were able to eat for 5-10 soles per person. In lima, it was more like 50 soles! (Only $17USD, but still!!)

thumb_IMG_2133_1024Lima beach!

thumb_IMG_2114_1024Check out the beautiful surf.

I had lost 6-8lbs prior to Lima, but promptly gained it back in Lima in a few days with the amazing food and the alcohol consumption.

thumb_IMG_2124_1024I was so so so happy to find my fave Manhattan!! check out the sunset– We were living large in Lima!

thumb_IMG_3527_1024Brady and his new beard at the fanciest ceviche place in Lima– Beer and beard go along well together, right?

We even went up to a place that had six hours of all sorts of Peruvian traditional dances (Peña) at Barranco (hipster district of Lima) called La Candelaria.

thumb_IMG_3496_1024130AM. Brady made friends with a Peruano who was drunk off of 2 pisco sours! He was hillarious!

thumb_IMG_3503_1024Somehow I was called to represent Indonesia on the stage- check out the Indonesian flag I was carrying!!

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thumb_IMG_3514_1024The Plaza de Armas of Lima was crankin on a Sunday- We also got to check out the San Francisco Church where there were thousands of skeletons in the  catacomb.

Next up— waves in Huanchaco and Chicama.

 

2 responses to “Riding Mishaps and Long Journey to Lima

    • so cool- awesome- keep goin – come back some time and tell us all about it- extremely happy for you two- you are doing the lifelong memory- big diff from just talking about it.
      wishing safe journey to you both, stay careful

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