|Distance||42.21 kms||26.10 miles|
|Climbed||1,773 meters||5,817 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||6.58||-|
|Avg speed||6.2 kph||-|
|Distance||14,898.83 kms||9,257.81 miles|
|Climbed||181,071 meters||594,065 feet|
|Ride time (hours)||1,170.59||-|
Friday, September 27th, 2013
The guys doing some construction work at the hostal gave me a few tips for the road ahead then I was off. The pavement only lasted less than a kilometer before it gave way to the rocky and sandy ripio surface that would last for the rest of the day. I asked a guy on a horse which way to go at an intersection and he told me right... which turned out to be a major mistake. I dropped 400 meters of altitude on seriously difficult road before finding out from someone else that I should have gone left back at that intersection. I climbed all the way back up then went left like I should have (it felt wrong to go right at the time, I should have listened to my instincts).
It started raining shortly after that intersection, at times heavily, and with it came lower temperatures. At a shelter on the side of the road I ate lunch and layered up. The rain made the stones covering the road very slippery. My back tire was struggling to hold traction on the steep sections. I ran out of daylight and found a campsite down by a stream hidden from the road. I set up my tent under some of the huge fronds lining the river, made dinner then passed out. I was awoken an hour later by ear-splitting thunder and torrential downpours. It took me quite a while to fall back asleep.