In total I have completed about 90km of this 650km section. The last two days have been the most physically and mentally difficult I can remember! Having said I have been riding through some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen.

Leaving Nasca

Leaving Nasca

I am currently in a room in the Pampa and I have no Idea what this place is but i’ll get to that part.

I left the Hostel yesterday morning at around 9:30am which obviously was a rookie mistake. I stopped of for a meal on my way to the Cusco turn off.

Goodbye to my hostel

Goodbye to my hostel

I passed some markets, confirmed I was traveling in the right direction, and I was off.

It was already very hot and the road gradually headed up towards the huge mountains ahead.

It wasn’t too long and I was in my smallest chain ring trying to hold a steady pace. It wasn’t a really busy road, with just a few trucks and busses passing me with a friendly beep and plenty of room. The road has been really good with shoulder all the way so far.

The long windy road

The long windy road

The road began to wind around the hills with absolutely nothing but up hill!

I had plenty of stops eating Oranges, Mangos and Tuna which I had packed.

The shadiest rest spot I could find

The shadiest rest spot I could find

To give you an Idea of the hill, I was sitting on around 7km/h the whole way – probably not assisted by the 50kg of bike and bags, not to mention an 88kg passenger.

The view as I got higher

The view as I got higher

The first shop I ran into was at the 44km mark. I got here about 5pm (yes I had plenty of stops). I was exhausted at this point and smashed some Pollo and rice before continuing a few more km to the 47km mark where I pulled off the road as the sun was setting over the mountains. As the sun set I found a hidden area off the road and set up camp for the night.

Set up camp as the sun set

Set up camp as the sun set

The temperature instantly dropped and I was glad I had got the tent up when I did.

My clothes were stiff from the amount of salt I had sweated out. I drank 6 litres of water on the first day

Nasca to Huallhua Stats; (Please note my Garmin battery died just prior to making the campsite so distances are a few kms short)
Distance – 47.64km
Time – 8h 22m
Avg speed 5.7km/h
Avg HR – 138bpm
Max HR – 164bpm.

I didn’t sleep too bad and woke up around 6am. After packing up my tent and gear I sat and had some Oats and Quenua. Back on the road again and I found a little restaurant a couple of Km up the road. After Egg and noodle soup I was back on the road. Again the Kms were racking up very slowly! The hills were relentless!

The road markings to remind you how slow you are traveling

The road markings to remind you how slow you are traveling

Again I stopped plenty of times for fruit and tined tuna and eventually found a light down hill section where I was able to get up to 53.7km/h. Unfortunately this was very short lived and I was back to the hills. The next hill felt like the worst I have come across yet! It was long and straight and the air was beginning to get cold to breath. I could feel myself getting puffed very easily and towards the top of the hill I was only gettitng about 500m before having a rest break. The hill felt like it took forever but when I reached the top I was met with a couple of old buildings and a road descending through the grassy fields towards a small town.

I was passing Lamas as I rode towards a small town

I was passing Lamas as I rode towards a small town

As I descended I passes groups of Lamas crossing the road and feeding in the grass. I stopped at the bottom and had some type of noodle soup in a little restaurant and was advised by the locals it was going to rain tonight. After I finished eating the cold began to hit me quite heavily.

Easily influenced by exhaustion, cold, and the threat of camping in the rain, I ventured over to the building across the road which was called ‘Reserva Nacional Pampa Galeras Barbara D’ Achille’, as there were pictures of beds on the sign (the only thing I understood). I asked someone If they had beds and was shown a room and told It was free… I was and still am very confused but I have a small room to myself. One of the boys, ‘Marlan” came and took me on a tour of the place which has a small museum of stuffed animals from the local area. Of biggest concern was the Puma which he showed me and cautioned me to be careful as there are plenty in the area. Marlin then showed me some Lamas in the yard.

Stufed local wildlife

Stufed local wildlife

Me and my warm socks hanging with the Lamas

Me and my warm socks hanging with the Lamas

Marlin and I

Marlin and I

As far as I can tell I am a bit over 4000m. I can definitely feel myself breathing a little heavier and on the bike is a lot harder.

So here I am sitting in this room after expecting to be in a tent, not entirely sure how it works but I am definitely not complaining as a good rest will be greatly appreciated tonight.