The Andes are behind us. No more climbs until we decide we’re ready to head up again. We still have about 25 km of descent to go and then we’ll be on the coastal plains – and heat.
Already I feel the heat – humid and muggy, but not all that hot yet. I know it’s coming.
We did our final climbs of the Ecuadorian Andes today – insanely steep climbs. I won’t miss them at all. I hear the Peruvian engineers understand the concept of grading the roads, so we won’t have these impossibly steep climbs anymore. I’m not quite sure I believe it, but I suppose I can hope, eh?
I’m looking forward to the flat lands coming up tomorrow. Why can’t we combine the climate of the mountains with the flat roads of the coast?
Kilometers today: 73
Kilometers to date: 17255
I’ll miss these small mountain villages.
But I won’t miss the climbs. Yes – we were down in that valley not long ago…