After arriving in Caraz at a reasonable time and checking into the Los Pinos Lodge, which is one of the nicest places I’ve stayed my entire trip. 140 sols per night. I felt it was deserved for one night. I took an amazing actually hot shower(first one since Huanuco) and headed off to dinner after giving these two guys some attention.
This poor guy with the cone would basically climb into your lap like a puppy once he started to get attention. One of the sweetest dogs ever.
Nothing too adventurous, pizza by the slice because I know every other meal I eat on the road is going to be chicken with rice and probably French fries. Mmmmmmm starchy!
I should have gone for one more slice of pizza but it wasn’t exactly delightful, so I stopped at 3 little guys. Then on my way home for a nice sleep in a California king bed I saw a lady with fried chicken on the side of the road. Why would I want chicken? I don’t know! I think that I may be addicted at this point and it was more reflexive than anything. Plus I am extremely happy to have my appetite back and I have been eating like a horse. The stomach issues of Ecuador and into Peru seemed basically resolved. I mean one little drumstick for a night cap, cant hurt, right?
322 am! Hmmm why can’t I sleep? Stomach starting to make noises, slight pains and no more sleepy time for this guy. I will spare the details but the rest of the night was spent on the toilet or the nice cold(very clean) tile of the bathroom floor. This was not what I have been dealing with. Not that my lingering issues weren’t a contributing factor but this was real deal food poisoning. Could have been the pizza, one slice was doughy and a little undercooked, but my best is street chicken.
Writhing in pain, groaning in agony all night only being able to sip water. Sweating through my shirt and just wishing some how it would pass. At 8 am I went to the front desk and I said I needed another night because I was sick. As the conversation ended and I was walking back to my room like a frail old man when something changed and it was time to quick-step. Let the violent vomiting begin!!! (Guess Im not sparing all the details.)
I had to change rooms because they were close to fully booked and I was in a kind of a suite. Luis (the owner) and girls that worked for him moved almost all my stuff as I was little help. Luis then offered several times to take me to the doctor or call and I said I think I just need time. Him, his mom or one of the girls would check on me about every hour. Soup Tea rice and carrots, just way above and beyond. Luis went to the Pharmacy and got some pedilite and meds for me too. Absolutely amazing!
I was better the next evening but far from good and I think Luis and his mom could see that. They kept asking me about a Dr or going to the ER and I was just kept saying “I don’t now, I think I need rest.” Problem was I couldn’t rest because I was still breaking into sweats, my head felt like it was ripping and half and my whole body was in pain. I have had food poisoning 2 other times in my life and both the other times the next day I recovered quickly. Here it was late in day two and I wasn’t sure I was recovering at all, except for much less toilet time and no puking.
Finally at about 6PM I think, but who knows, Luis said let’s go, I am taking you to the ER. I just said ok at this point.
The gave some liquid pain med that made able to sleep and some srcips that Luis and I picked up at the pharmacy before going back to the hotel. Again just wonderful people.
I really wanted to get a pic of his Mom too because she was so nice but I didn’t see her the day that I left. Just good genuine people. After like my ump-teenth thank you. Luis said it is really no problem. When you stay here you are home.
I never want to be sick travelling and especially don’t want food poisoning but if it had to happen this was the spot. Thanks again to Luis and everyone that helped me!
If The Los Pinos Lodge is more than you’d like to spend they have a back packer right across the street and still you can use the space at the lodge to hangout.
I am considering of changing the Ride Report name.
GI Ride to survive. I think it has a nice ring haha