Heading south from Chao took us towards the Cañon del Pato, which is a notorious ride in northern Peru.
(this guy was not going with us)
While I was excited to check the canyon out, it didn't live up to my expectations. I think it would only be a real treat if you had been traveling on the Panamerican in northern Peru (please don't do it if you can help it!). And hell, if you've only seen the coastal Panamerican for a few days in a row, just about anything would glow in comparison. I don't mean to be so harsh -, riding through the 30+ tunnels in the Cañon del Pato was pretty cool, but overall the scenery was not nearly as impressive as what we had seen in previous days, and far short of what we saw in Huascarán National Park. Take a look for yourself...
(alright, alright, it is still pretty nice...)
(let the tunnels begin)
(the road was originally supposed to go through this tunnel at right, but the tunnel design didn't quite hold up)
(big lunch is the best! Especially for less than US$2)
(light at the end of the tunnel)
(Yungay, just north of Huaráz, where we stayed that night for 20 soles, around US$8. Bike parking was in the middle of a small garden with nice flowers spaced every meter around the perimeter. The little old lady watching Mike wheel the bike in just about had a heart attack. But thankfully no flowers were harmed in the process.)