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Day 1516, Pariacoto – Chimbote: Smell of Fish

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Nov - 13 - 2014

Distance: 120.91 km
Ride time: 6:01:54
Average: 20.04 km/h
Max speed: 65.19 km/h
Total: 30587 km

Yesterday afternoon I had already enjoyed 60 km of steep downhill cycling. Today started with another 20 km of rolling before I reached the coast and had to start pedalling again.

I had certainly not regretted making the side trip into the mountains. In fact I much preferred the green hills up there at 3000 m compared the the deserted landscapes here at the coast. On the other hand my mind is still focused on reaching Ecuador sooner rather than later, so it felt good to be back on the Panameriana making fast progress to the north.

The destination for today, Chimbote, is Peru’s biggest fishing port – I could smell the city before I saw it.

This part of Peru, the northern coast, is known to be a bit sketchy in places. In fact I didn’t feel completely safe as I cycled down to the harbour to have a look around. After a few photos I thought I better put my camera back in the bag and head up towards the city center and my hostel again.

Categories: Peru
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2 Responses so far.

  1. Fred Bouwman says:

    That is a nice maximum speed you it today. Keep that up and you’ll be in Canada in the middle of our winter. 🙂

  2. Hi Fred! Yes, that was a great downhill – 80 km without pedalling, and on good tarmac. I think there will be plenty of good reasons to slow down a bit in Colombia and Central America, so no need to worry that I will be in Canada before the summer 🙂