How to Train for Cycling Touring
Huascarán Circuit Day 2: Lights, Camera, Action!

June 5-7

More rest and recovery time. While we had planned to continue cycling, Nici, Andrew and Philip were struck with some kind of bug and/or dehydration. Therefore we parked our butts in another nice hotel for a few days.


What happened…

Andrew writes: Carhuaz ended up being a surprisingly cool little town. While waiting for Nici to recover from a stomach bug Amanda, Philip and I got to explore and check out all that it had to offer. It seemed like every day there was some sort of parade. Kids took part, adults took part, the whole town was celebrating for three days or so. Carhuaz also has a market that stretches on for several blocks in every direction, and it seemed to be happening every day. There were lots of good eateries, and we really enjoyed Las Terrazas, the hotel that we moved to. Next door was Los Pinos, which was where we ate our lunch, and I think it was the best lunch I’ve had the pleasure to enjoy in Peru.

One day, us three amigos decided to cycle up towards Punta Olimpca just for another training ride, and also so that we would know what to expect. It was a really fun ride, and we only rode about halfway to the top. Somehow I forgot to drink water, and Philip neglected to apply sunscreen. So the next morning, Nici was feeling better but us guys were down for the count. I can’t really tell you what transpired on this day because I slept for about 16 hours. Oh, one thing that I did get done though was I paid 30 soles ($13CDN) to a local welder to make me a front rack so that I can carry the tent on the front.


Amanda writes: Taking time in Carhuaz was unexpected and not planned. And while again I would have rather ridden at the end of the rest period I was glad we had stayed. The parades were incredible and staying at such a nice hotel was a treat. Andrew was able to get some English teaching in to help fund the more expensive hotel. By the time everyone had recovered from their ailments I think everyone was ready to hop back on the bikes.


Today’s Photographs

How to Train for Cycling Touring
Huascarán Circuit Day 2: Lights, Camera, Action!