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Day 60

Horrible traffic in Lima

Day 60

Horrible traffic in Lima

Finally we have a normal daily routine again. The headwind is still very strong, but did not force us to take a break in the afternoon.

Today was the first time that we had to pay tourist tax: At a junction we took the road for transit traffic instead of the normal car route. After one kilometer the police flaged us down and did not let us go any further. It soon turned out that this was less about a crime than corruption. Unfortunately, they already had our registration papers in their hands and said that we would not be able to leave the country without payment. After a short discussion, we agreed on 50 euros, turned around and got on the other road. Of course, there was no bill, but at least we had our papers back.

In Lima we faced a horrible traffic chaos. Big cities are always stressful, especially in South America. But we had never seen such dangerous overtaking maneuvers. On a four-lane city highway, the cars drive without any rules. The lines on the ground are rather for creating jobs than saftey, because everybody just drives wherever there is “enough” space. It is almost a miracle that we were able to drive through the whole city without having an accident. They way how the drivers of the minibusses cut you off is incredibly dangerous. I do not want to know how many people lose their lives on the streets of Lima. For this reason, you probably hardly see motorcyclists, let alone cyclists. My girlfriend Kerstin protected me with the camper in the city traffic. I am glad that she does not only care about my security so well, but supports me in a great way since the beginning of the project.

At the end of the day I could write down 300 km and 2600 meters gain in height into the logbook. Before I close my eyes after eating dinner, I usually do not have more than 5 minutes. But we have all become very frugal by now. The best part after the day’s stage is to cuddle up in the sleeping bag at night.