That's a Pointsettia bush, and only about a fifth of it is showing.
At Limatomba we rode to the head of another road block. This time, the road was closed for blasting - so I decided not to look for any shortcuts! The Nacional Policia told me it would only be a 20 to 30 minute wait, and as we stood by a couple of friendly Peruvians approached to ask about the bikes and our journey. Before long we had a crowd of about 20 smiling, chatting people around us. One fellow was a truck driver who gave me alot of insight into roads and conditions ahead, but then a horn sounded signalling the road was open and we were off.
Stopping to get our bearings at a small square in Abancay, we were immediately approached by a local couple curious about us. After a friendly chat, during which they recommended a hotel I had previously heard good things about, they insisted we follow them in their truck to make sure we found it ok.
As Petra went to negotiate a room, another man approached me and introduced himself and his two sons - big moto fans, Rodriguez was wearing a Harley Davidson jacket!
We are amazed at how friendly and sincere the people are here, and are enjoying this part of Peru immensely.