Atico To Lima… And A Day Off

a-hostel-in-AticoThe only place available in Atico, Peru was a hostel; which ended up being nicer than some of the hotels we’ve stayed at.  Anything that is clean with internet service is considered a great place to stay.

However, it has been a while since I’ve surfed the net at 56k.  🙂  Updating this blog was painfully slow. The reason I only uploaded one photo yesterday was because it took 15 mins to upload a 90k file. Ouch!

A-ATICOWe left Atico at 8 AM, headed for Lima.  The hostel did not offer breakfast and there were no restaurants open, so we opted to split a package of peanut butter crackers which Gary had been hoarding.

Gary is always full of surprises and treats.  (a great travel companion)  In fact, it wouldn’t have surprised us if he had pulled out a plate of scrambled eggs.  He is the ever resourceful traveler.

a-picking-up-Gary-s-bikeGary now holds a trip record that is going to be difficult for any of us to break.  Gary has dropped his bike at least once a day! (I bet Team B won’t even beat that record.)

Yesterday was the first time I was able to capture Gary dropping his bike on my helmet cam.

It’s interesting to watch people’s reaction when this happens.  Most time bystanders come running to help. This picture shows people at a gas station helping lift his bike upright (again).

a-more-sandWe were so excited about another day of racing across the desert.  This day would prove to be the most challenging of all. Winds were strong and the sand was blowing at times to the point you couldn’t see the rider ahead. The sand would get inside your helmet and dance around like popcorn popping.  We had to be careful of areas where sand had piled up across the road (not a good things on two wheels).

a-Dave-fuleingWhen we can’t find a fuel station, Dave is always the first to run out of gas.  I can now predict when it will happen. My bike will show between 52 & 59 miles of fuel remaining when he runs out.  Fortunately, Dave carries two extra gas tanks just in case.  Sure enough, we came up short again yesterday about 8 miles from a town and ended up having to stop and refill his tank.

The most challenging part of the day was spent riding for several hours in 102 degree heat.  The chaps and jackets came off for the first time.  It was just too hot!

a-took-to-the-shoulderAs we got closer to the coast, just north of Rio Canete, we came to a four-lane interstate heading into Lima. The highway follows the shoreline for several hours.

Being Sunday evening there was a tremendous amount of traffic heading back into Lima after a weekend along the coastal beaches.  Almost every car we passed was full of sleeping passengers; usually on the driver was awake, and a few of those were doubtful.

a-four-lanesThere was so much traffic headed into Lima that the Policia reversed the opposing two lanes to north-bound traffic to ease the congestion.

Note in this picture all four lanes are headed in the same direction.

It reminded me of evacuation routes along the USA Gulf coast, once a hurricane is a approaching.

a-lima-congestedLima is a very congested city and difficult to navigate.

We were running low on fuel so after finding a fuel stop, we were directed to Mira Flores; a touristy ocean-front district that has plenty of nice hotels.

It has been great today to relax and enjoy a day off the bikes.