Been driving through the desert for days sand gets everywhere I mean everywhere!
Well after yesterday rest day we were up at 6am ready for a long haul through the desert destination Huanchaco that is 640km away so hence the early start.
Early start mucho km today 🙂
Long day in the saddle and we arrived at 5pm in the evening 2 petrol stops 2 food stops and 2 pee stops but generally moving forwards. The idea for this big run is that it is not that interesting so lets crunch the miles out as quick as possible. It is a totally different landscape than what I have come through so far empty desert, desert with trees, sand dunes, rice and paddy fields, and loads of other agriculture, so not wonderful but interesting enough.
Gunnar and Daisy
Quick pee break.
quick lunch stop
We had address of an allegedly cool hostel but when we arrived they where surely and unhelpful so sod that life is to short for there attitude so we went of to find somewhere else we parked in a street me looking after the bikes and Alex and Andrea going round the places trying to find the best deal. Which is great for me we finally settle on place called Chimu Beach check in and go for a wander along the beach and down the back streets to find somewhere to eat. Please do not tell my mum that I have eaten fish for the last 3 days on the trot because as a kid I never would touch the stuff and I really was not a fan of fish but the stuff we been getting here is excellent and does not really taste like fish so hence me been able to eat it. Tonight I had ceviche, which I have also discovered that I like.
Nice little beach town to end up in at the end of hard day in the saddle
A long hard day no idea what we are doing tomorrow as there is not much of interest until we hit further south as far as we can see so it is onward and forward down south.
Famous Huanchaco reed boats
Today I got an E-mail from Johan Holtorf from Garmin-winkel.nl and they are refunding me my money for South America SD card that I purchased from them which was a complete duffer and out of date. They do not even want the old one back so my compliments to this shop for the excellent customer after service as I was not expecting anything so this is a nice result and when good things like this happen it should also be reported just as much as the bad for balance. Its a pity I got the duff old card in the first place however the good thing is they have rectified the situation so hats of to them for that 🙂 And the maps I have now seem to be working except they keep sending me down one way streets in the wrong direction but that I can live with.
Well I was just congratulating myself that the GPS was working when it throws another wobbly and we get us lost in Trujillio it keeps wanting us to do a U turn and go back 28km and will not offer anything else so we are back to asking directions stroppy little bastard of a machine.
Funny looking birds on the beach here!
We left Huanchaco after chatting with the 3 blokes who ran the hostel and a quick run along the beach to get some shots of the reed boats that the place is famous for and then we hit the road and this was going to be a short run after yesterdays marathon session but you guessed it it turned into another rather long day. Through desert all day but this time hilly/mountainous so pleasant enough ride being continually sand blasted I have sand in place where the sun does not shine so it gets in everywhere. We kept on going when Alex signals he needs fuel and I was thinking the same thing and we had seen loads of petrol stations up until then and just when you need one they all disappear so our speed reduced drastically to try reduce fuel consumption and we finally find a station. I have no idea why I always find myself in this position as it is so easy to avoid my new mantra I must fill up more often so that I am not putting myself at risk of running out of fuel in the middle of nowhere. Funny thing is that there were two of us who made the same rooky mistake Homer Simpson Doh!
It was now later than planned so next exercise find somewhere to stay so with Alex and Andrea trying all the different hotels, hostels, etc. And me looking after the bikes we ended up three of us in one room for a good price.
We went for a wander and some dinner I still have no idea what we are going to do for News Years Eve yet but that something that can be sorted for tomorrow.
That elusive Romanian Cake Thief last spotted in Downtown Barranca