I’m in Cajamarca in the north of Peru but it seems as if I am back where I was a year ago dealing with that really rather nasty chest infection. Whether it left me permanently more susceptible or never really went away I don’t know. I was chesty a lot in the winter, my doc shrugged his shoulders and said “there’s a lot of it about”. I was also really chesty through spring into summer. Doc shrugged his shoulders and said “well the pollen count is really high so it’s probably irritating your asthma”. It didn’t seem to inhibit my riding ability so being a stubborn sod I figured that’s what it was and some clear, mountain air would sort me out. seems I was wrong. My confidence in my ability ride the 4000-5000m passes ahead of me is diminishing rapidly as my lungs fill with crap so now trying to collect my thoughts and figure out what’s next. I’ll try and stay here until the end of the week, see if things improve, and give me time to collect my thoughts and make some plans. I could fly down to northern and central Argentina where the air is thick and the living is easy.. it’s wet season in Central America so probably not much dirt riding to enjoy but I have friends staying in Costa Rica until August… I could go there and hang out on the beach, and then maybe fly up to visit friends in Montreal.. or something else entirely. I really haven’t got a clue at the moment. Whaddya reckon people of the internet?
In the meantime here are a few snaps of Cajamarca. It’s a nice town sitting at about 2800m. Very few tourists. Good cafes, good markets, friendly people.