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Day 1488, Atico – Chala: Melancholic Cycling

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Oct - 12 - 2014

Distance: 91.96 km
Ride time: 5:17:57
Average: 17.35 km/h
Max speed: 47.56 km/h
Total: 29281 km

From the morning the garúa or coastal fog put a blanket over the landscapes making up for some melancholic cycling. I certainly have had my share of sunshine over the last year, so I didn’t mind the change for a day or two, but I wouldn’t like to spent half of the year in this kind of weather.

Luckily summer is arriving around here, and anyway I’m heading north towards the equator where the weather is always pleasant.

Compared to yesterday the road was much flatter, and then another magical thing happened; I was enjoying a steady coastal tail wind the whole day. Oh boy, I have been waiting for this moment for a very long time while fighting the head winds in the mountains.

On the road I met André, a French cyclist making his way towards Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. I told him he would only have to endure the coastal wind another day, then he would fly over the mountains into Bolivia. That clearly cheered him up. André had only spent 20 days cycling the whole length of Peru. Even though I’m trying to speed up my own progress a bit these days I don’t think I want to be that fast…

After 5 hours on the bike I rolled into Chala, a rough town – and the only one market on my map for 300 km. I wanted to go for a walk on the beach, but I felt it wasn’t completely safe. Instead I was soon enough back in town, having a quick dinner at a Chifa, the local Chinese restaurant, and then back to my hostel for an early night.

Categories: Peru
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