Written by Aníbal Paredes
This long planned expedition was made on the long weekend from june 28th to july 2nd 2007. We crossed part of the Omas and Mala rivers basins, visiting some towns like: Coayllo, Omas, San Pedro de Pilas, Tamara and Quinocay. Our goal was to pass from one basin to the other cycling but couldn’t achieve this for reasons beyond our control, however the shared experience by the four of us was much beyond the expected.
This cycle touring experience can’t be defined with a single word but many that won’t be enough: friendship, generousity, solidarity, enthusiasm, hospitality, sense of humor, respect, camaraderie, cooperation, good manners, optimism, joy, nostalgia and finally love and gratefulness.
The trip started late as usual, we departed Lima on june 28th about at 9 p.m., it was scheduled at 7 p.m. (peruvian time, the old style), towards Maria Nelly and Sydney’s country houses.
At Sydney’s, dinner, wine, banana cake with ice cream and the chat was great, all five stars. Thanks Syd!
In the morning on the 29th, breakfast at Maria Nelly’s was identically good and generous. Thanks Lele!
As soon as everything was ready: luggage, three bikes, Sydney’s truck, equipment, etc., the tree of us started cycling, one driving on that cold and humid morning. The 10 kms from Mala to Asia were cycled alongside the highway.
The cycling trip by the Asia valley begins just front of La Huaca facility and crosses the coastal desert contaminated with garbage deposits and demolition debris from the near flourishing Asia beach neighbourhood, followed by the poor and languishing town of Santa Rosa de Asia – what a contrast! Afterwards Coayllo, old town, small and calm which that day, june 29th, celebrates Saint Peter patron with procession, band, service at the church, party, fireworks, etc.
A brief rest with stretching session preceded the departure toward Omas along a road that shortly after showed its general profile: a long and progressive 55 km length ascent that placed each of us in its corresponding position according to our fitness condition: 1st Sydney, 2nd not too far behind Bruno and 3rd far back away Anibal. The truck, driven by Maria Nelly, was shifting positions from behind them to in front of them.
The toponimies of the route: Sequilao, Uquira, Huavinchurco, Francia, La Yesera, Los Gentiles, Tierra Amarilla and Cata slowly passed fell behind us, according to the pace of the phisically demanding cycling, under the oblique sun rays on this nice late june afternoon.
However the strong ascents right after Cata were not finished by any of the first two energetic bikers whom left their power along the way. The last one also paid in full with painful cramps the consequence of inactivity for three weeks without cycling due to an accident that affected his ribs.