I didn’t sleep overly well last night, Which I think was due to the cold and the altitude. As the night went on I developed more of a headache and The cold was unbelievable! I packed p my gear and headed across the road to ‘the restaurant’ for some breakfast. After another conversation where no one understood anyone, I ended up with some fried eggs and bread and a cup of Coca leaf tea which I hoped would help with the altitude. It was about another 10km of up hill passing lamas and large open fields surrounded by cliffs, before I hit the summit and came across my first down hill section.

My first down hill

My first down hill

I was beyond excited! I began the 25km decent and had to stop after about 400 meters to put more layers on! It was the most amazing feeling rolling down the edge of the mountains.

The view from my descent

The view from my descent

The road was windy and I reached speeds of around 52km/h. I would have gone faster but the windy corners with no rails dropping hundreds of meters towards Lama filled fields and farm houses kept me on my toes a bit. There wasn’t much traffic just the occasional truck and the road surface was flawless! I passed lamas and almost got bowled over by a random sheep that decided last minute to bolt in front of me and nearly send its self over the cliff. I eventually made it to the bottom of the valley where I crossed a small bridge and it was up hill again.

A random horse I had to manoeuvre past

A random horse I had to manoeuvre past

The air was defiantly slightly warmer and it was time to take off a couple of layers. After the bridge It was up hill again but for some reason it seamed easier! I don’t know If my body was adapting to the hills, the lower altitude, or the Coca leaves I had earlier but It was definitely easier.

Oats with a view

Oats with a view

I was ascending at around 7km/h. I stopped a few times on the way up to eat Oats, tinned tuna, and Avocados. Eventually I hit my second downhill for the day which was only about 10km but again it was amazing on fantastic roads passing the locals doing there thing, walking cattle up and down the hills. I had to negotiate a couple of horses which were standing in the middle of the road too. I caught up to a truck and followed it down into a little town where I stopped for lunch. After looking at maps and some info I had It looked like the next 50km were uphill passing farmland with no hidden camping spots until close to the summit. I figured at the pace I was attacking the hills I wouldn’t reach the summit until after dark and there is no way I want to be out in the cold let alone putting up tent. So with convincing myself of that, I found a little Hostel in the town of Puquio and had my first warm shower in about 5 days.

 

There is WiFi here but I don’t think it will be strong enough to upload this tonight but I will try. (and it wasn’t).

Todays Stats:
Distance – 67.82km
Time – 6h 21m
Avg speed – 10km/h
Max speed -52.2km/h
Avg HR – 119bpm
Max HR – 161bpm