Today was a massive day and I am exhausted now!

I left my friends at Cerro Azul and headed back out onto the local streets where i attempted to go into a little restaurant for some breakfast but was met by a very aggressive Rottweiler who didn’t want me there. That was enough motivation for me to look elsewhere for food. As i rode back out onto the Panamericana Highway I was chased by about 7 more fairly aggressive dogs. Once on my way I was feeling good. It was another overcast day which began again with a light tail wind. As I rode south I passed many locals working in the fields picking corn and planting seeds. Locals were out riding horses and i was getting waves from most of them.

Backyard petting zoo

Backyard petting zoo

At the top of a hill I stopped at a little fruit stall and got some mango and mandarins and attempted to speak Spanish to the people there. 

fruit stall just at the right place

fruit stall just at the right place

I continued on and met a French couple cycling basically the same route as me. They have 6 months and are continuing through Chile to Argentina. They were traveling with their baby in a baby trailer and had a little seat up front as well. Tough work!

French couple and their passenger

French couple and their passenger

baby carrier

baby carrier

I stopped further on at a little restaurant and had some fish and rice which I had to point at other peoples meals for them to understand. This is the 3rd time I have been eating and the staff have all sat at my table while I’m eating for a chat. Not sure if we were talking about the same things but good to have some company!

fresh fish for lunch

fresh fish for lunch

I eventually got to Chincha. This was definitely the biggest town I’ve been to since leaving Lima. I lost my nice wide smooth shoulder which i had gotten so used to! it became single lane and with plenty of trucks and busses using this route. I found myself riding the pothole, sand and rubbish infested shoulder/footpath. I found out that the 140 odd Kilos I was pushing doesn’t handle the sand too bad. I even got a few smiles from the locals when i started fishtailing though it.

Once I got past Chincha I saw blue skys for the first time since I’ve been here and it started warming up. Unfortunately the road remained relatively unchanged with single lane and a fairly bumpy shoulder to ride.

I eventually hit the turn off to my destination for the day Pisco. As I turned onto the road I found myself behind a tiny car carrying enough gear to fill a truck. The boxes strapped to the roof had tipped over to one side and were pretty close to falling off. The car was traveling at around 30km/h so i decided to draft it the 5 km into town. This was going really well and I was feeling really proud of myself until an enormous pothole reviled itself to me causing my bike to stop dead in its tracks! The force caused a few lose items to leave my bike and I still have a splitting headache from it! I was recording my awesome drafting skills but the battery ran out just before ‘the incident’.

overload

Overloaded draft car

When i got into town I found a hostel and grabbed some chicken and rice at the local restaurant which cost about AU$4. 

Today I cracked the 100km which was good but plenty of undulating hills, headwinds, hot sun and shitty road has left me pretty spent.

The long road

The long road

Stats:

Distance – 101.53km

Total time – 8h 25 mins

Ride time – 6h 13 mins

Av speed – 16.3km/h

Max speed – 45.85km/h

Elevation gain – 675m

Elevation Loss – 680

Average HR – 118bpm

Max HR – 160bpm

Calories – 3,130Cal