The lady at the hotel advised against taking this road. She said it was for donkeys.
The alternative route was much longer, unpaved and had what we thought was more climbing.
We take people’s recommendations/advisements with a grain of salt. What is good/bad for driving is not always the same for cycling. Case in point, a trucker advised against riding the Tablachaca River canyon route. That ended up being one of our favorite days of riding. Martina, another cyclist, took the alternative mountain route and reported it was so bad she got a lift.
We are passed by only one vehicle today (and many donkeys). Sometimes there are so many donkeys on the road I feel like Moses parting the seas as they file around me.
The road condition isn’t any worse than what we’ve seen before. But wow, is it steep! MUCH steeper than the GPS initially indicated (why we even bother looking at that thing is beyond me). We climbed 3756 feet in 11 miles, requiring us to push a great deal.
We broke two records today. Unimpressively, today was our slowest day on the trip with a 3.1mph average (we are slower than a donkey). The second record is a new highest camp altitude (13892 feet, 4234 meters). I can’t believe we used to think camping at 10,000 feet was high! Judging by the scenery, tomorrow promises a lot more climbing.
Maybe that lady was right. Maybe this road is just for donkeys.