I opened my bike box to a pleasant surprise. No buckled wheels and no major damage… Bonus! 

The bike arrived relatively unscathed

The bike arrived relatively unscathed

After assembling her I found that the seat post clamp was missing. I assume this fell out one of the many holes that the box arrived with. After a 2km walk with my bike along some of the craziest streets I have seen, I found ‘the bicycle repair alleyway’ where several workshops exist. Most of the blokes here were working on old trollies and food carts and a few old single speed bikes. With my lack of Spanish I somehow described the part I was after with a few hand gestures and shakes of the head. Within about 5 minutes, old mate jumped on his single speed clunkier and returned with the part I desperately needed and the the trip saved! 

my bike shop mates

my bike shop mates

The return trip to my Hostel was my first bike experience on the roads of South America. It wasn’t an easy feat negotiating four lane roundabouts used as a seven abreast roller derbys for anything from 2 to 18 wheels!!  I was always aware of the cars, trucks, and busses around me as they are not shy on the horn. It was an exciting ride and I wouldn’t say I ever felt really unsafe, although I will be happy to get out of the city of Lima and get onto some open roads!

Traffic in Lima

Traffic in Lima

Today was spent exploring the streets of Lima and getting some necessary items for the coming days. I can’t wait any longer and have decided to leave in the morning and take my inoculations on ice to the next destination. After talking with a few people in Lima, I have decide to follow the coast South until Nazca and then head up towards Cuzco from there. 

street art

street art

Busses are packed

Busses are packed

plenty of big old rigs

plenty of big old rigs

I am hoping my next post, I will have some actual riding to share with you!