April 2, Juanjui to Tingo Maria: This is going to be a long day, 220 miles. Toby from Around the Block Moto Tours told me to ride this section in one leg, with minimal stopping. It used to be a heavy coca production area, but the drug gangs have been cleaned up by the Peruvian government. I saw signs on the road at many locations, "Hay coca" (we have coca). Coca leaves are legal and sold at many locations in Peru. It's good for relieving altitude symptoms. With the flooding and closed sections on the PanAm Highway, there are a lot of trucks on this road. A two hour plus section is dirt, and because of the truck traffic, it is very rough and slow going, even with the moto. I typically was able to ride at 30 to 35 km/hr, occasionally faster. The trucks were going much slower. A long, slow journey for the trucks on a long detour from the PanAm Highway. Yes, I did meet trucks in places like this: Typical town along the way: Back on the pavement, I continued to ride along without dallying in order to get to Tingo Maria by a little before 5pm. The whole day was focused on making distance, although I was at the same time able to enjoy the location I was riding through. The wheels were rolling all day long. The photos on this post are the total of the pictures for the day. Tingo Maria is a nice town, and I have a room just off the main plaza. The main plaza here consists of a long boulevard with walkways for pedestrians located between two streets. It runs about 8 blocks long. In the evening there are lots of people out and about; families, sweethearts, older folks, kids on roller blades or skateboards, and anyone you can imagine. There was a group doing comedy, and music from several sources. Lots of people just walking. Vendors along the street selling food, snacks, trinkets, balloons, cotton candy, and many other things that folks might buy. Unfortunately I forgot my camera. I spent my evening there, eating dinner plus some popcorn, and just enjoying the experience.