Louise, co-owner of CyclePeru, (the outfit we are touring with) picked us up at our Airbnb at 830 in the morning. We then joined our cycling group at the hotel. We are a lovely little group of six. Two kiwis, one Aussie, one 19 year old Scottish dude and the two of us. I'm the least experienced on cycling of the group.
After introductions, and a debriefing we piled into a van pulling a trailer of bicycles and headed out to the countryside of Arequipa.
On this warm up day, we cycled only 10 miles, but even that isn't easy at this altitude. My mountain bike is a small- framed KHS Sixfifty and it seems to fit me well. I love the knobby tires and shocks on the bike. I've never ridden a mountain bike before nor have I ever done any mountain biking. Although this isn't mountain biking per day, the terrain is rough at times. I'm sure I could have a helluva lot of fun getting crazy but I'm not about to attempt it at the start of this journey.
We spent the morning cycling around the countryside and I got to work my gams on the hills while trying to figure out all the gears on the bike . After our picnic lunch we headed back to Arequipa via van. The sun is extremely powerful in Arequipa and we were lightly toasted by the end of the ride.
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