Puya Raimondi Huayhuash Loop Day 4
Puya Raimondi Huayhuash Loop Day 6

June 30, 2017

We woke up to snow on the ground and Nici with a fever, so Andrew and I headed out leaving both Nici and Philip behind.


What happened…

Andrew writes: It snowed last night…like…a lot. Every hour or so one of us would vigorously shake the tent of any snow. Amanda did a pretty good job of cleaning it off in the middle of the night on one of her bathroom breaks. We awoke to a winter wonderland. It made for poor views of the surrounding glaciers, but there’s something special about the way mountains look with a fresh layer of white stuff on them. Nici had started to have a fever at some point in the night, and she was hovering around 38C this morning, so we decided to push on towards our next stop and wait for the Aussies to catch up tomorrow. Get well soon Nici!

Some days we build up an idea in our head of what to expect, and today I underestimated the ride. It just made it seem longer, and harder than it really was. There was a pretty massive rockslide I had to navigate past, with little room for error. Scary stuff. I was a bit ahead of Amanda at the time, and I probably should have waited for her and then we could’ve tag-teamed our bikes across. Oh well, I’m still alive. The electric motors (Add-E) came in handy today though as the climb wasn’t particularly difficult, just never-ending. Both Amanda and I were able to get to the top of the climb in time for lunch, on a single battery…about 15km. After lunch it was all downhill to the “hamlet” of Pachapaqui. I say hamlet, because it was a bit bigger than a village, but not quite town-sized. I kept getting the feeling that the old woman at the hospedaje/store was ripping me off, but then I was reminded that these country Peruvians aren’t too good at maths to begin with, and for them to remember not one, but two prices for every item (local price and gringo price) is expecting a lot of them. Maybe there’s some benefit to having price tags on items after all.


Amanda writes: As we fell asleep the night before we could hear the snow falling. Well you can’t really hear snow falling, but you can just hear or sense the quite blanket that covers the atmosphere. I felt like a kid on Christmas eve; I love the snow. Maybe I took an extra bathroom break or two during the night so I could see it snow more. The snow wasn’t expected but so beautiful and I would take the snow 10 times over to rain. Rain soaks you to the bone and snow just brushes off. After our sleep we woke up and as Andrew said unfortunately Nici wasn’t feeling well so they didn’t come with us. Again I was left feeling it must be so hard to be sick so often. After we enjoyed some coffee with Philip and another American cyclist who was passing by, we headed out. Russ Miller from Idaho was visiting Peru on vacation for a few weeks. It was great to meet someone with so much energy.

Today’s ride was just so incredibly beautiful I actually felt emotional. I feel a bit silly even typing it but it was just so incredible. Some days I can’t believe how lucky I am to not only be experiencing this adventure, but to have someone to share it with. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes Andrew’s patience wavers as I stop to take pictures and just enjoy it; but overall it’s awesome. I’d rather be battling endless climbs in the snow than to be sitting at a desk again. The mountains towards the end of the day were so huge and if possible even more breathtaking than what we saw last week. They were just so big and steep and abrupt and … I can’t think of all the right words to describe them. We were so lucky to be able to see them as the clouds parted for us and showed us their glory with snow giving them extra texture.

The aerial view of our ride:



Today’s Photographs

Puya Raimondi Huayhuash Loop Day 4
Puya Raimondi Huayhuash Loop Day 6