We're making a run for the Pacific Coast with a couple objectives in mind. The more substantial road network along the coast should allow us to make up some ground, and the desert and ocean landscapes will be a dramatic change of pace.
The day started out with a clear blue sky (the first in days), and virtually no wind, making a spectacular ride up and over the Cordillera Occidental all the more enjoyable as we were able to listen to music on our mp3 players. The ascent through the Abra Apacheta Pass, begins with steep pasture and grazing lands utilized by local shepherds.
We needed to move quickly to make it to the coast, and find appropriate accomodation before dark, but we were able to combine a washroom/leg stretch with a quick visit to Tambo Colorado - 14th century Incan administration centre and imperial palace for travelling royalty.
We rode on down the valley to Pisco, eventually stopping at a Hostal in Chincha Alta. There was a nice swimming pool that I enjoyed greatly, and in a case of "small world syndrome" - we met a young girl from Toronto, saying hello to the hostal owner as she is schoolmates with one of his granddaughters that lives in Niagara!