The humidity was a lot higher today, but thankfully the clouds kept the sun back once more. A slightly hillier ride than yesterday, but nothing too outrageous. The road for the main part ran parallel with a river which is flowing down from the Andes, which the recent rains have swelled even larger. In a way, its fast running brown waters reminded me of rivers in Asia. The rains have come at night so far, which is a relief, as I have no rain gear, although I am expecting to get a little wet the higher I head up into the mountains. I spent a good deal of the day trying to avoid cycling over the hundreds of caterpillars which were crawling on the bitumen surfaced road – The world needs more butterflies!
I made the town of Taraza by midday, and chose to stay in Hotel La Bomba, which was attached to a petrol service station. At 15,000 pesos it was cheap and cheerful and a good place to rest the afternoon away, as I knew the next couple of days would be a lot tougher.