Took the night bus to Lima from Trujillo with Oltursa, Brady got the 180 degree bus cama and I got the mere 160 degrees- arrived in Lima at 5AM. Consistent with our terrible luck with busses, our bus was stopped for an hour in Lima because of marathon road closure. We were sort-of lucky because on Sundays, they close lots of road in Lima for ciclovia- for walkers, roller bladers, skateboarders and bikers! We got to bike pretty safely from the Hostel where we stored our bikes to the bus station to take us to Nazca. Took the 2PM bus to Nazca (on the same day that we arrived with the night bus)- and arrived at 9PM in Nazca. Bought provisions for the next day ride.
The ride from Nazca- Cusco is approximately 650KM with close to 40,000m elevation gain— it should take us 10-12 days.
The first few days was gnarly- we went from 700m to 4150m in 98km on a 2 day constantly climbing stint. Because of the ups and downs, we went approximately 3600m gain (11,000’) in the 2 days till we reached Galeras (km89).
The first night we slept behind a restaurant at Huallhua (km44, 2550m) where the owner gracefully let us stay there after purchasing two dinners within a few hours.
We got to Puquio (km 154) at the end of day 2 and we are completely exhausted. So we decided to take the whole day off today (day 3) while eating lots and lots of veggies and fruits. We had absolutely nothing fresh or vegetable at all in the past two days.
Rest days= papaya days for me!
Tomorrow, we start riding back up again from our altitude at Puquio at 3200m to the top at 4300m, followed by flat pampas. More to come!