Goodbye Promoción de 71

Goodbye Promoción de 71

I woke up with a slight headache around 7:30, glad that Cesar hadn?t come to wake me up at 4am as he?d promised. He had mentioned that the best Peruvian food is Caldo de Gallina (chicken noodle soup) at 4am, with the second best being Caldo de Gallina at 5am. We went out for breakfast, of the above-mentioned soup, but at a much more reasonable time of 10am. Edgar, and Cesar in particular, were quite insistent that I stay until the weekend, so I could go to their re-union ? the

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Up and down again

Up and down again

Another day, another climb. This time a mere 40km up, and the same down the other side, and after being offered 3 lifts the day before, I did it all by myself! The rain is coming, and I saw plenty of clouds, but thanks to dumb luck I managed to avoid them all. At the top of the climb, around 4000m, I did however see the results of an earlier hailstorm that I?m definitely glad to have avoided. Hail is one of the times when I really wish I wore a helmet on my bike, because otherwise it?s

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Hitchbiking to Andahuaylas

Hitchbiking to Andahuaylas

Even having descended 25km the night before, there was still another 20km to go. 40-60km climbs, followed by equally ridiculously long descents, the story of the mountains north of Cusco having left the Altiplano. The climbs have to be long, because they go from 2000m to 4000m, but the length is augmented by the relatively gentle gradients of the climbs as the road switchbacks it?s way up the side of a mountain. Peru is famous with cyclists for it?s long climbs, but also that you can

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Leaving Cusco

Leaving Cusco

My package, after a mere 10 days stuck at customs, arrived in Cusco on the Monday, but DHL still managed to throw in another proof of their lack of communication. I got a message from Jon on Facebook when I was having my breakfast that it had arrived and was ready to pick up. I hadn?t been expecting it until the afternoon, as that?s when the guy in the DHL office told me that they usually got deliveries, but great, I?d be able to leave a bit earlier. Of course it wasn?t

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Waiting In Cusco

Waiting In Cusco

Having arrived in Cusco feeling awful, I spent the first few days doing little more than lying in bed, eating porridge and drinking tea to clear my stomach up. That wasn?t having much of an effect, but then I took some antibiotics and things cleared up pretty well. After feeling better, and visiting Machu Picchu, the time was mainly spent waiting for my package to arrive. It had taken 24 hours to get from Scotland to Lima, but then it got stuck in customs. Jon had given DHL all the important

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