Can’t Beat the Wind (Chancay, Peru)

We were too late to beat the wind – and we got on the road at the very first sign of daylight.

We got up at 4:30 in the morning in order to take advantage of the relatively wind-free morning hours. Unfortunately, the wind was already howling by the time we hit the highway.

So we spent the day pedaling against the wind, munching on raw fresh peas and tangerines, and throwing rocks at discarded bottles.

We’ve been having a really hard time in Peru finding healthy snacks for the road. Typically, I buy granola bars and whole grain crackers, but here those don’t exist. All I can find anymore that is easy to pack are cookies, candy, and sugary breakfast cereal. I’ve started buying a couple kilos of fruit and a kilo of fresh peas. Whenever we pedal from a break spot, the whole area is littered with pea shells and tangerine peels.

I wonder how long it takes in this desert sun to turn them into desiccated, shriveled up carcasses of leftover organic bits.

Kilometers today: 69

Kilometers to date: 18,848

busy roads of Peru

fresh peas - our newest roadside snack

Long road behind

Cycling in the Peruvian desert

Dramatic desert colors

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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One Response to Can’t Beat the Wind (Chancay, Peru)

  1. Linda McPhee April 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm #

    You can eat the pods too. Way healthier than granola bars but not as satisfying somehow.

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