The rides of Huaraz, Peru
Fun rides abound in Peru apparently. After Tom and I saved lives on our ride in Mancora, we now had another highly recommended ride in our sights. Something about a duck.
Several riders highly touted the “CaÃ±on del Pato” as one of their favorite rides around, so it became a “must” for Tom and I. Jayne opted for the paved route, while Tom, Kelly and I set off to ride the “CaÃ±on del Pato” (Duck Canyon). Not seeing any ducks was the only part close to a disappointment on the day.
At the turn off for the start of the Canyon, we stopped to eat a giant sandwich.
Called a “King Kong”, theoretically filled with Peanut Butter, Caramel and Pinapple jam. “King Kongs” were all over the place in Trujillo, and we saved this for the perfect moment. After a we each took a bite, I left it on the hood of a construction workers car. Hopefully he isn`t insulted. The King Kong was dry, difficult to eat, and the flavor layers were far thinner than advertised. That wasn`t a bad thing in the end, since the flavor layers were missing any good flavor.
Back to the ride.
The king kong stop fortunately alerted me to my broken rack. I had felt the bike a touch unstable, as my rack must have been swaying side to side a little. I had just attributed it to the grave road. Luck would have it that only 3 minutes back was a little town, and there I found a welder.
Into the Canyon.
Out of the caÃ±on, after narrowly averting getting clipped by a bus (just nicked my elbow pad) we stopped in town for lunch.
While stopped for lunch, I adjusted my now quickly wearing chain, and then I noticed something a little off again with my boxes. Well that didnÂ´t last long!
Leaving town we were greeted to the region with some stunning views.
With our un-planned pit stops, Jayne had beaten us to Huaraz by a bit. We met up, found a hotel, then went for warm beer and vegetarian food. Note that I did not pick the restaurant. The warm beer was inexcusable, since it was so cold outside and inside that they must have actively TRIED to warm the beer before serving it.
The next day Kelly and Jayne explored the town while Tom and I went for a ride in search of a nearby glacier. Basically looked at a map and said “we could get to that one, it has roads”. Fantastic roads.
The ride wasn`t without its moments of excitement and peril. I had been taking video of Tom from across a valley, then rode off to catch up. Coming around a corner, I encountered this ass.
I couldn`t quite stop in time, and very fortunately the ass reached extra hard for a tasty shrub just as I neared his tether. That motion raised the rope up just enough for me to duck under. Tom had also had a near catastrophe when he encountered the fellow.
We had a celebratory beer, then joined in with these fellows.
They asked us to dance with them for part of their video.
Dancing done, we went for a dip to “cool off”.
I enjoyed Huaraz greatly, not to mention the ride just getting there! There are many, many other great day rides that could be done in the area. If we weren`t on a bit of a push to get to Cusco, I might have stayed to ride a few others.
A tire change was in my near future. We had been in touch with Endurance Motors in Lima, and all of us had some work to be done. Onwards to the land of courteous drivers: Lima!