On the weekends we sometimes like to do a little exploring. A few weeks ago Benjamin, Stephen, John Paul, and I made it up to the top of Capitan Rumi on our bikes. This can be a bit of a challenge, not only because you are pedeling uphill for a few miles, but you are at 10,000 feet when you reach the top, which causes a little extra breathing. The boys did great and we were all rewarded with the beautiful view as the sun began to set. The best part of this ride, however, is the decent. Unfortunately, a rock that was agled differently then Benjamin thought caused him to fly over the handlebars and also resulted in an immediately flat tire. We were very thankful that he survived with little more than a few scrapes on his elbow and side. His guardian angels were definitely watching out for him since he and his bike ended up about 15 feet from the rock he hit. Fortunately Stephen had a repair kit and pump in his backpack and we were back riding in about 5 minutes.
The next day some of the neighborhood kids wanted to try and go up the mountain. I had mentioned to them a few days before that we should all try and go sometime, but I really wasn’t wanting to climb the mountain two days in a row. 🙂 After riding almost half way up, the boys were all pretty tired and I didn’t argue when they all agreed to take another trail down the mountain. No wonder they were tired. Only one of the bikes had the ability to change gears. Another had gears, but no derailers or cables, therefore he would stop and physically move the chain to a different gear.
For the past month or so the doctors in the Peruvian health system have been on strike. This past week, the strike ended (from what I’m told), yet Diospi Suyana continues to stay quite busy. Most mornings I pass a long line of people as I ride up the hill with my bike. We can only take a certain amount per day and its based on a lottery system, so some patients often wait a few days before they are seen.
Many are awed by the hospital once they get in. We start out with a worship service and I’ve witnessed people taking pictures and videos of almost the whole program. During this time they get to here the good news of the gospel, listen/sing to good music, and sit in a clean a beautiful chapel, something many have never experienced.