9 March Wednesday Huaraz to Yanama I'm skipping a few riding days. I'm departing Huaraz this morning, after staying at the Hospedaje Dulce Amanecer (fast internet in order to communicate with the world and AdvRider). Huaraz is a popular take off spot for backpackers who hike the area. I now have the correct title card for the motorcycle I am riding. As I pack up my motorcycle in the parking area, I see a F800 or 650 twin parked there, with metal panniers and set to travel. I ask the hostel owner, and he says there are two motorcycles, a husband/wife traveling team, and they rode two up on the other motorcycle to the main plaza. They have BC license plates. I left them a note, and hopefully they will send me an email. My plan is to head to the coast, but at the last minute I decided to ride some more mountains. What intrigued me are a series of alpine lakes in the National Park of Huascaran. What can be wrong with alpine lakes and Andes mountains? Besides, it gets me north, which is my goal once I reach the coast. It's also a U shaped route. As I'm leaving Huaraz I see this sign: a breakfast for real Peruvians consisting of white beans, sliced raw onions, large kernal white corn, small square chunks of maybe chicken, all on a couple leaves of lettice, soaked in a vinegar concoction to "cook it", and topped with sprigs of tender green stems of something. It has a kick to it and wakes up the morning. You're a real Peruvian if, at the end, you drink the remaining juice, "milk of the tiger" as it's called. Coffee for me please. If you look closely, you can see it on the bottom shelf to the left: The road north Church along the way Gaining elevation I was in the clouds, which restricted the vistas and brought on moisture. But who is going to complain with these views. My pictures are only a peak at the stunning scenery. I had to stop more than once and just soak in where I was. For anyone traveling in Peru, I highly recommend riding through the National Park of Huascaran and Lagunas las Llanganuco. Eventually I was out of the high elevation and the park, and riding rural roads. Pretty bumpy and rutted and slimy at spots. One active wash out where I was able to use the foot bridge to cross the stream. Great adventure riding. As I was crawling along, which is typical for the roads I am riding in Peru, I realized I wasn't going to make it to my planned destination. Looking at my waypoint downloads from iOverlander, I saw this "Andes Alpine Lodge" noted, for Soles 80. Very expensive, but I need a place to stay. I figure that's my stop, located in Yanama. I get to town and find instead a Hostel for 30 Soles, with parking for the motorcycle at the base of the stairs to the rooms. It's a nice place. Steel door on the right under the sign, rooms above. I'm in the back. A bigger moto would not fit in to this "cochera" (parking lot), but there are probably other parking options. No power in town, so there are no lights. I spent some time at the town plaza, and headed in before the sun went down.