Getting high  – Huaraz to Huascaran National Park entrance (61k/17,694k, +3900ft)

(July 21 – written by Dave) It was hard to leave Huaraz and our lovely hotel, but the show must go on.  Today we started a two day crossing of Huascaran National Park.  We were both excited to see more of the park, if not a little apprehensive about the altitudes we were going to … Continue reading Getting high  – Huaraz to Huascaran National Park entrance (61k/17,694k, +3900ft)

Banana Passionfruit day – Caraz to Huaraz (72k/17,633k, +3937ft)

 (July 17 – written by Dave) We departed Caraz this morning in a peleton one person smaller than we arrived a few days ago.  Andi, the bikepacker from Germany is taking a slightly different route from there and not leaving until tomorrow.  So Nancy, Kathrin, Philipp and I soldiered on for the team.  I’m sure … Continue reading Banana Passionfruit day – Caraz to Huaraz (72k/17,633k, +3937ft)

More beautiful canyons – River Camp to Gravel Pit Camp (95k/17,504k, +3300ft)

(July 13 – written by Dave) We had another super quiet night sleeping on the river.  I don’t think that any cars passed along the roadway, or if they did, we didn’t notice.  We slept without an alarm and were still up by 6AM.  You don’t really need an alarm when you go to bed … Continue reading More beautiful canyons – River Camp to Gravel Pit Camp (95k/17,504k, +3300ft)

Switchbacks, an amazing canyon and a crash – River Camp to River Camp (66k/17,409k, +4500ft)

(July 12 – written by Dave) (posted on 14/7 due to being off the grid for the last 4 days) We had a very quiet night sleeping by the river with only one car coming down either side of the canyon, sometime around 12:45.  I would hate to drive that road in the daylight.  In … Continue reading Switchbacks, an amazing canyon and a crash – River Camp to River Camp (66k/17,409k, +4500ft)

More dirt and some switchbacks – Cachicadan to River Camp (72k/17,343k, +4500ft)

(July 11 – written by Dave) (posted on 14/7 due to being off the grid for the last 4 days) Night was pretty quiet in the spa hotel, except for someone pounding on the door at 1:30 – we think that they were looking for a room – we did not offer to share.  We … Continue reading More dirt and some switchbacks – Cachicadan to River Camp (72k/17,343k, +4500ft)

More up and some dirt – Cajabamba to Huamachuco (56k/17,213k, +4000ft)

(July 9 – written by Dave) First an update on dinner last night.  We bought a pile of shredded veggies and a chicken flavour package at the market and made soup.  It turned out to be quite tasty.  It is hard to beat the price at .80 Soles or about .25 US cents.  We used … Continue reading More up and some dirt – Cajabamba to Huamachuco (56k/17,213k, +4000ft)