ruthjun-1280

10 March – 9 April 2014

Countries Bolivia & Peru (total 7)
Distance 828.12km (total 9,725.28km)
Climb 5,448m (total 69,383m)
Longest day 138.77km, Sicuani to Cusco in Peru (longest so far: 160.11km)
Top speed 66kmh
Punctures 1 (total 17; Will leads 12-5)
Touring cyclists encountered 5 (total 41)
Boats 4 (total 25)
Planes 1 (total 4)
Earliest alarm Yesterday, when Ruth’s phone sprang to life at a punishing 3.55am ahead of our dawn hike up to the astonishing Inca ruins of Machu Picchu
Best breakfast The expense of staying at the (by our standards) rather plush Hotel Rosario in La Paz was almost made worthwhile solely by the presence, at the breakfast buffet, of an unlimited supply of French toast
Worst hill After a month off the bikes, we would have preferred an easier reintroduction to riding than the 450m climb out of La Paz, up to an wearying altitude of 4,100m
Ice cream of the month The spectacularly rich chocolate variety dished up at Heladería Rinascimento in La Paz
Jettisoned en route More clothes, Ruth’s handlebars (switched for a different set-up at Cusco’s best bike shop), Will’s cycling shoes (worn out) and the last of the disappointing Continental tyres
Lost in transit Ruth’s scarf, replaced in Cusco by something made from alpaca
Biggest mystery Whether we’ll make it to Ecuador by June 15, in time for their first match at the World Cup
Biggest surprise The ridiculous scale, the absolute fanatical craziness, of Semana Santa (Holy Week), for which we’re currently bracing ourselves

from Ollantaytambo, 08, Peru