Climbing 480 meters, down 555 meters.
Tonight we are staying at Hospedaje Puerto Escondido, it is a hostel as TDA could not find any other accommodation. We are of course all devastated by not having to set up our tents.
More good news, as we are the on the South side of Lima we don’t have to ride in a convoy out of the city.
We had breakfast at the hotel. Only problem is there are 10 floors but only one lift! The lift can fit 4 people and there are about 45 of us including staff. Nothing for it but to walk up. Well, if I had not already realized how fit I was getting I would now: 10 floors of stairs, no problem – I was barely even breathing harder than normal 🙂
We left the hotel in groups. Riding in Peru is difficult at the best of times, let alone in rush hour traffic. Thankfully we are riding away from Lima as the traffic is hideous! Riding in the group are two of the new riders, Tony and Michelle from Tasmania. They are doing the section from Lima to Cusco, then doing part of the Macha Picchu trail. They have a good sense of humour and I think we are going to get along well.
With today only being 58 kilometres and 480 meters of climbing, it feels like a rest day. Needless to say lunch will be where we are staying.
After we got off the Pan American highway it was a lot less stressful. Only one hill of any significance and that was less than 2 kilometres. We rolled into Pucusana at about 9:30am, way too early for lunch so we went for a look around the town.
It is a really pretty little port town, small dinghies, fishing boats, and one fishing ship. On the water front are lots of hopeful pelicans and other sea birds (oyster catchers, herons, pacific gulls) plus dogs of every type and description and breed.
We wandered around for a while, and then went back to the hostel to have lunch and get changed etc. It was still only 10:30 so not that hungry.
We were greeted by the news that one of the riders – Fred from USA – had fallen off his bike that morning. Fred had got his water bottle out to squirt a dog and hit a bump and lost his balance and hit his head, his helmet broke in 3 places and he hurt his arm. He was now off to the hospital having X-rays etc. Fingers crossed he is not too badly injured.
After a shower and catching up some of us headed back to down to the port and looked around some more. We stopped at a restaurant, had a cold beer and a fish sandwich. I was toying with the idea of going out on one of the boat trips around the harbour. It was $40 soles for 40 minutes. I get sea sickness, but I really wanted to see the sea lions. I decided to risk it.
I did feel a bit nauseous but it was worth it. I saw a really large colony of sea lions, then a rock with 3 young bulls, then another small colony. There were heaps of birds, a few sea lions in the water, and some huge brightly coloured crabs.
At the entrance to the harbour was a house that looked like a boat, amazing location and for sale.
I was feeling a bit green after the boat ride so went back to the hostel. There was a huge dog fight, but thankfully none of the dogs seemed to be hurt.
At the riders meeting the update on Fred was that sadly he has a chip out of his elbow and needs surgery, so he maybe out of the rest of the trip. It depends on his insurance company whether he has the surgery in Lima or back in the States. We are all a bit sad to see both Bob and Fred leaving us unexpectedly. Hopefully Fred may be able to join us towards the end of the trip, depending on how his recovery goes.
Dinner was spaghetti bolognese, pasta, and salad.