Following the bumpy gravel section, we proceeded along a beautiful tarmac fast and flowing road section….impossible not to enjoy. Then came the timed test, also on tarmac. Through blazing sunshine we wound our way through switchbacks and speedy roads that followed the route of a fast flowing river. This 28km section included passing over the river on the magically named Tingo Chico Bridge.
We then popped through a fantastic gorge and climbed up again, and maybe for the last time, above 4,600 meters. The waterfall we passed fed into an unexpected little lake. Very picturesque indeed.
Insert photo 4 Can You See The Waterfall?
Climbing upwards we were almost at the level of the snow topped mountains. But, wait a minute, the four touring 4x4s have stopped. We cannot be sure but it looks as if Werner, Arnold, Mario and Freddie are having an apres ski moment, and Doris has driven Giovanna, Melanie and Catherine up to the top for a spot of skiing! These Swiss, show them a bit of snow or a Toblerone and there’s no stopping them.
Snow Capped Mountain.
Up on top of the mountain however, the temperature again dropped as we were now so high, we were actually driving through the clouds.
Driving Through The Clouds.
But, how are our leaders, Car 2 doing? Paul Dilley and Andrew Davies in the 1929 Chrysler 75 say that their car is incredibly smooth, averaging a totally mad 42kph over the bumpy first section, and it is original suspension. Maybe because roads were not so smooth in 1929? Communication between the crew members is vital, and Andrew says it is quite easy – even in a car with no roof. No need to shout, nor use intercoms, just having a really loud voice is obviously sufficient, shouted Andrew above the hum of the dining room. Happily they made it safely to tonight’s hotel as Andrew forgot to set the navigation system and nearly failed to leave Huanuco.
The evening was completed by a visit from the Town Mayor, Town Hall Representatives and Tourist Police who came to give us a warm welcome to Huaraz and even supplied the dancing girls.
Bring On The Dancing Girls
Well, you could say it is all downhill from here, as we have passed the halfway mark (celebrated last night by the lovely wine at dinner bought by Bespoke Rallies), in terms of days, mileage and altitude, as tomorrow we head towards the Pacific coast. Onwards and downwards.