I found today one of the toughest I have cycled in a while, which is strange, because the road was sealed, and the gradients were certainly no worse than others I have cycled. I just seemed to lack energy. Well, when I say that, I had enough energy to turn the pedals, but I normally get a buzz out of cycling, and have a more positive state of mind. Today just seemed like a bit of a drag really, although I suppose cycling 1600 metres uphill over 36 km will do that to you. Fortunately, when I reached the top, I was rewarded with magnificent views of snow capped mountains which lifted the spirits.
The 40 km downhill ride into Curahuasi was a pleasure! Agusti and I settled on a hostal where a shared room cost us 15 soles a night each. Lovely hot water, and a great clean room.