A few hundred more kilometers down the Peruvian coast through hot, dry desert. At first it’s an interesting landscape, since it’s like nothing else i’ve ridden through before but it quickly gets boring.
Out in the open desert, it was extremely windy. I had the bike leaned over at about 30 degrees just to keep it going straight. We made it into the city of Chiclayo by around 1900 and went straight to a hotel that I had already picked out the day before. It’s a good thing since the city was loaded with traffic and we were all tired for a long days ride.
Chiclayo was nicer than I expected.. it’s still nothing very special but it did have clean, bustling plaza. It was a reprieve from the ugly desert we had been riding through the day before.
The city/town of Cajamarca is pretty cool. It feels remote since there’s only 1-2 roads that go to it and they all take a few hours of riding to get there.. all the while you’re passing through completely desolate landscape to get there. It’s an overall nice colonial style city with a cool climate and pretty backdrop.After finding a hotel, we went to get our tires mounted. Tomorrow is Sunday, so everything would be closed.. best to do it now.
After getting the tires mounted and settled into the hotel, we went out in search of dinner and to check out the city a bit.
Apparently it’s Carnaval here in Peru right now. Lots of people out celebrating, playing music, and huge water gun fights. Every kid under 15 is armed with a water gun and water balloons.. gotta watch out! Even gringos on big motorbikes are fair game.