After the quite tough cycling between Huancayo and Ayacucho, a day of rest was in order, as the road ahead to Cusco promises to be even tougher. A day of rest is never a day of nothing, however, and there was a list of jobs to get done. A touring cyclist day, whether cycling or in a town, is very similar, and Agusti needed to do almost exactly the same jobs, which ran something like this.
4. Get bicycles sorted
6. Buy supplies for the road ahead.
7. Get extra items of clothing
9. More food
10. Even more food
On the bicycle front, I have continuing issues with my rear hub. If it is tightened too much, the wheel does not turn freely, and if it is loosened to much then the rear wheel wobbles. A half hour, 2 sole tinkering session achieved a reasonably happy balance. My second problem, is still my front rack, which is in pretty bad shape. Being made of aluminium, there is no welding solution, and unbelievably, in a city this size, with 5 bike shops, none of them sell a rear rack of any description. I hope to get this problem finally solved in Cusco, assuming the front rack last that long of course.
Wandering around Ayacucho, I cant help but be impressed with the city. The centre retains its colonial design and architecture, with reportedly 33 churches within a 7 block radius, and the plaza is big and quiet. The most noticeable thing, however, is how clean the city is. The dust and rubbish which are such a major feature of other villages and towns are absent in the mile square centre.
And so from here, the rough road will take me over three passes above 4000 metres as I cycle towards Cusco. Apparently, it has just snowed (unusually) in Cusco… should make those mountains a bit interesting!