The good news: finally no more constant headwind! The wind is still quite strong, but comes from the side. Much more problematic is the aggressive traffic in Peru at the moment.
Today two big buses overtook me at the same time – on a road with only one lane per direction! I’ve never experienced such a dangerous traffic on the road. We encounter cyclists here as seldom as drivers who follow traffic rules. I definately do not feel accepted as a cyclist on the roads in Peru.
Especially in cities where the cars are stuck in traffic jams it can be very dangerous with the traffic. Therefore I am really happy about my lights from Lupine. These lights are strong enough to alert me to the traffic. So I can defend myself in these chaotic conditions a bit when I am alone.
Today, the area along the road was marked by an incredible number of chicken farms. It’s terrible to see how badly the animals are crowded in the cages.
But I did not have much time to look up anyway. Especially towards the end of the day the asphalt was very bad. Potholes and patched areas are the norm here. The rumbling hurts my shoulder, which is currently my weakest weak point, very much. For half a year I have been struggling with this problem. Especially the deep crouching from the wind makes my hand fall asleep after a short time.
But the most important thing right now is that I’m motivated again – with today’s average speed of 28 km/h, the feeling of riding a racing bike finally comes back! This evening I’m 290 km and 1600 meters of elevation closer to Ushuaia.