The biggest surprise today was Scott remembering my birthday. After last year’s birthday debacle I kept my expectations low.
My birthday wish was for a hot shower and cake. We arrived in the small city of Huamachuco in the early evening and looked for the fanciest hotel we could find (splurging for the birthday girl). Turns out Huamachuco doesn’t do fancy, but for 50 soles ($17.50) we have a room overlooking the town square and hot water plumbed to the shower AND sink (that’s a first).
It was a treat to be able to stand under the shower head and not have to worry about it electrocuting me (as happens with the electric water heater shower heads). The water was piping hot too. Usually when a hotel advertises hot water showers, it actually means tepid, warm enough to not take your breath away, but not anything you want to dawdle in. At 10,000+ feet (3050 meters), hot water showers are becoming a more appreciated luxury. But we knew we were in a nice place when they told us we couldn’t bring the bikes to our room (another first) because they had just refinished the floors. The room did have a beautiful wood floor.
We found birthday cake, which we ate for dinner. Then, realizing we were still hungry, and admitting that cake for dinner is probably not the best idea (even if it is my birthday), we went out and had Chinese food for dessert. We’ve been interested in trying the Chifa restaurants that are in all the larger towns. Interestingly enough, Chinese food in a small mountain city in Peru tastes the same as Chinese food in the States.
After dinner we watched a parade and fireworks from our room overlooking the park. It was a student celebration of sorts, but I pretended it was for my birthday.
Photos from the day’s ride: