After three days of rest where riders had the opportunity to visit the famed Machu Pichu, we assembled this morning for what according to our Tour leader Randy is the hardest part of the four and half month expedition. The route will take us form Cusco to Nazca in six days with repetitious climbs and descents through spectacular scenery.
And the first day was not dissapointing. To leave Cusco we had to climb from 3,400m, the elevation at which our hotel was located, to about 3,900 meters just to get out of the city. After that some nice long undulating hills and then a spectacular descent of 40km to about 1,800m where all of sudden we were feeling rather hot. Well what comes down must go up and we had a 30km climb to our destination at about 2,700 meters for the most part againts a strong head wind. But we all made it and now we can´t wait for tomorrow. To start with the firts 30km we are climbing to 4,000m to be folowed by another spectacular descent to be followed by another climb. So much fun.