It’s amazing how a little peace and quiet can make everything all better. The day after my one sided battle with riding at 13,000 feet, Gary and I headed for the hills. We took a colectivo north to a small town called Yungay then a taxi up to a high mountain hostel and bingo, I was instantly in a more positive frame of mind. That and I was given my first cup of coca tea….oh, uh huh… .
When we got back to Huaraz the following day the hostel was bustling with friends whom we’ve made since we’ve been here… Peace and quiet, coca tea and friends… A good recipe for self doubt.
Back to the boogie man…. As long as 15,000′ foot passes exist it will still be there. Granted, it’s pretty normal to feel like you’re sucking fumes from the bottom of an empty gas tank at 13,000 – 15,000 feet on a bike , but everyone says it gets better and if one is going to bike tour in Peru… well, one needs to get used to it. At the moment the thought just makes me tired. At the moment Gary is in bed with a bad cold and his second bout of travelers tummy so I don’t have to deal with it…. Yet.
But, I do have time to thank all our friends and family for the endless supply of support you’ve offered during this whole trip…. Keeps us missing you all, but we wouldn’t have it any other way . And do know that since we’ve been in Huaraz we’ve been getting tons of rest, knitting done and books read… 🙂
So, in the meantime meet a few of the cast of characters from life at Joe’s Place…
Vicky… She and her husband Joe are the creator’s of Joe’s Place…
Laurie, from New Jersey… Just got done with teaching English a second language in Chili and is traveling SA for a year.
Julia, from the UK, is the manager of the Hof Hostel way the heck up in the mountains. Her enthusiasm is fueling many projects up there.
Cass…. Many of you already know Cass, but he’s an inspiration to all…. if you haven’t seen his new website and blog check it out- whileoutriding.com
Dimitri, a happily laid off engineer with severance pay… from the UK. Dimitri is seriously funny… And he has wheels 🙂
Dimitri’s van that he bought in Bolivia…
Dimitri, Laurie and Julia taking off in the van for a road trip to the jungle.
A picture taken right before they left… We’ll miss you guys!!
And…… Our plan??? At the moment it’s to get Gary healthy, sleep, read, knit and eat!!!
Thanks again to everyone…
Xoxo Patti and Gary