Repairs and bears in Lima, Peru. (p.s. there were no bears)
Riding to Lima was fantastic. Riding in Lima… Different story. Fortunately we ditched the bikes at the shop and took the bus most of our time there.
The ride to Lima from Huaraz is fantastic twisty mountain road than starts coooold and gets a little warmer with every hour you ride. By the time it’s hot, it’s also windy, and straight, and desert. We were happy when we finally arrived in Lima.
The traffic was bad. They simply don’t look when turning or changing lanes. A cabbie got a little too close to Jayne, and many others cut us off or tried merging into us. Our horns got a work out. Tom’s died. But all told, it wasn’t as bad as we had really been led to believe.
“That’s because it’s Sunday” said Jorge, our couch surf host.
We would stay with Jorge and his new puppy Eevie for our whole Lima stay. Great host and great help for telling us which busses to catch while our bikes were in the shop.
First item of buisness was to get the bikes in for some work. Crickets freshly cleaned fork seal was already leaking and Jayne has found her suspension a bit firm. I don’t like the way it feels either, but then I don’t ride cricket everyday.
Jugs needed new rubber, oil leak fix, and a fork oil change, while Suzy’s forks also were suspect.
With the bikes in at Endurance, we explored the city by bus.
Thanks Fred for helping set us up with the game, and to everyone for helping us get drunk afterwards!
Once we had the bikes back, we did the one recommended tourist activity and went to visit the fountain park.
Well worth it! I loved the spraying water!
We leave Lima after a productive stay, now to battle our way out of the city and on to Nazca to look at some lines in the sand…