Needless to say I felt considerably better this morning than I did yesterday. I had a late start and was not at all motivated to go to the hotel breakfast which is two hard white rolls, with smelly cheese and jam and coffee. The coffee is not too bad, you get a thermos of hot water, coffee syrup, and milk, and mix it yourself. Plus if you wanted to pay extra you could get very average scrambled eggs or fried eggs, plus wait about 30 minutes for them.
Instead I went back to the cafe where I had had lunch yesterday, and had an omelette and coffee – I tried tea there yesterday but yuk! It had a spice – maybe cinnamon – added to it.
Then I went off to the supermarket to get stuff for next few days: more bug spray, sunscreen, water, and snacks. Plus I got stuff for a picnic lunch up on the hotel 5th floor balcony. I was tempted by the Gran Rosé (with a name like that surely it was meant for me), however it was not chilled so I got a red wine from Chile instead.
At the supermarket either the manager, or one of the employees, has OCDC – all the tins, bottles and packets were facing the same way and the labels all lined up!
I had a very nice leisurely picnic up on the roof balcony but could have done without the piped music, still you can’t have everything. Great view and warm but not too hot. However I am back to riding tomorrow so enough lounging around, it is time to be off to sort out bags etc.
Well, what a disaster the laundry has been for some of the riders! Clothes are back that are more smelly than before they went (believe me with the rider’s gear, that is pretty smelly), clothing still wet, and also clothes missing. We have a box at reception for clothing that we got that does not belong to us, so thought I should check through it and found a pair of socks that I did not know I had lost. One of the riders (Peter) found a towel in the laundry he had been missing since Quito.
I had dinner at a restaurant just up the square from the hotel, where a few of the other riders had gone to and had said was ok. Well, it was worst meal of the trip. I got the fish fillet and it was two small squares of rock hard fish on a bed of still frozen plantain, rice and a limp lettuce leaf. It was a miserable helping and most of ii was left on the plate. However, as I had had a reasonable lunch I decided not to try my luck elsewhere.
Peru has a drink I have not seen anywhere else, sold by Coca Cola and very popular with the locals, called Inca Kola! It is bright yellow and does not look appealing, but I am curious so I bought a bottle at the supermarket. To be fair to it I thought I should at least drink it cold, so as I had the very rare privilege of a fridge in my room I put it in my fridge until after dinner. Verdict: well, I think it may be an acquired taste.
We have three days riding until the next rest day.