We hit the road after breakfast and came across this moving van
We have seen so much trash and garbage in every country it's sickening. This was the first time we saw what seems to be people living at the dump. I thought that only happens in the movies.
Back into the desert
You know what snow fence is, this is sand fence
Nothing for miles around but Coca-Cola can afford a billboard
We ended up stopping early in Trujillo. We stayed an extra day to hunt down a rear tire. In Ecuador it was impossible to find a16" rear tire for a heavy bike. I did finally track one down in Quito, at the Harley dealership, 6 hours away. They wanted $593 for a rear tire and $395 for a front tire. Yes, you read that correctly. I think I invented new cuss words for that guy. Needless to say I waited until I got to Peru. I found one in the first place I went. A Pirelli for $110. I had a guy change it and he charged me $2.50, I gave him $5. Tire situation taken care of, we went downtown to the square for a look around.
Check out the size of this door. It's about 6 inches thick.
This was a pedestrian only section of shops and restaurants. We noticed a crowd gathered so we went to see what was up. These two guys were painting pictures...with spray paint. I saw them use cardboard, newspaper and sponge. You gotta see this.
Finished product, he only used a stencil for the dolphin shapes.
You eat them!
On our way out of town we stopped at Chan Chan. A UNESCO World Heritage site. Also the largest adobe city in the world. I don't have the link handy but you can Google it for further information
You'll have to research this one too. It is a hairless breed used to guard the palace. Don't remember the name, sorry.
The XXXXXXXX was their representation of fishnets. The Pacific Ocean is only 1/2 mile from this site. There are nine palaces found so far but this is the only one restored.
The inside of an exterior wall. These were thirty feet tall all the way around the palace. Most of the city of Chan Chan has been eroded and covered with dirt and sand, so excavation is very slow. I think they started in 1964 and this was the only palace out of nine or ten that has been recovered. Like I said you need to look up further information.
Back on the road, we saw several acres of marigolds growing.
We stopped for the night outside of Chibote in order to take a ride up into the mountains through Cañon Del Pato or Duck Canyon. You can google it also. This was fifty miles of dirt/gravel road to the town of Caraz. The road was rugged with some washboard, switchbacks, twists, turns, steep hills and dusty dirty riding conditions. We loved it. There are about forty tunnels cut into the rock, some long some short but all were fun to ride through. Pictures speak for themselves if there isn't a caption.
We finally made it to Caraz, four hours later. The hostal had courtyard parking.
We then took a walk around the square while the sun was setting behind the mountains