In my missionary work right here in southern Peru, I generally assist out some short-term groups that come from the U.S. On one among these events, I drove to close Oyolo, a village about 5 hours away from Cotahuasi the place I stay, to satisfy Pastor Eddie and his group from Florida. They had been driving from Pausa and had been speculated to be assembly me up on the excessive plain, about an hour earlier than Oyolo, as they had been going to be utilizing the “new highway” we had discovered about after we had been there a variety of months earlier than. It was supposed to attach between Tactanga (there’s a good highway between Pausa and Tactanga) and Oyolo, saving a 4-5 hour stroll. On Monday afternoon, I waited for Eddie and his group for a short time on the designated assembly place however that did not final lengthy as I’m not an excellent “waiter”. So I made a decision to drive so far as potential on the brand new highway to satisfy them. I drove down the highway for a couple of minutes till I got here to a steep downhill and stopped to test it out. I used to be afraid that if I went down there I may not have the ability to get again up once more as my automobile would not have a “4×4 low” vary and the highway was considerably tender. No drawback as this highway gave the impression to be only a shortcut in the event you needed to go to Oyola. The primary highway gave the impression to be about six miles in direction of Cotahuasi so I backtracked to that.
There have been recent truck tracks on the highway, with twin wheels, so I figured if a giant truck may undergo there the highway could not be too unhealthy. Nevertheless, about 10 minutes down the highway, the truck tracks rotated, however there was nonetheless a set of tracks persevering with, taking place a hill. These rotated a couple of minutes later and the highway disappeared! I may see the highway climbing out of a gully on the opposite aspect and I may additionally see the place it went in direction of Oyola. However there was at the least a mile of rocks and a deep gully between me and there. Strolling down, I adopted a faint observe throughout some sand all the way down to what seemed like a swampy space; fortuitously, it was dry now. I misplaced the tracks however was capable of stand up on high of a hill the place I may see the highway lower than ¼ mile beneath me however no highway to it and no tracks, simply extra rocks and gullies. After ready for about an hour, I made a decision to go on to Oyolo and see if there was a message there.
In Oyolo, I referred to as on the general public radio to Pomacocha (the final village they went by with a radio) and discovered that that they had left there about 3:00 pm, however the operator stated that they had been on the strolling path. I began strolling down the path, asking everybody I met if that they had seen the gringos. Lastly, at about 6:00 pm, I met a person who stated that that they had began on the highway at Tactanga at 3:00 pm and had been positively trying to go by truck throughout the excessive plain. We had been advised that it was solely three hours from Tactanga to Oyolo, so I hurried again to Oyolo, anticipating them to be there after I arrived there at 7:00 pm. There was no signal of them so I began strolling up the highway, hoping to satisfy them. After an hour I gave up and returned again to Oyolo at about 9:00 pm. Now I did not know what to do, I knew they needed to be up on the excessive plain someplace, I could not drive or stroll there, so I lastly went to mattress, praying that they had been OK.
Tuesday morning I received up early and drove again up the highway two hours to the place I had waited the afternoon earlier than. Nonetheless no signal of them. I walked all the way down to the highway beneath after which up the highway on the opposite aspect to a ridge about an hour away. They need to have been there by then. I ought to have been capable of see their mud in the event that they had been on the highway. Nothing. I walked again to my automobile, clearing the highway of rocks and filling in holes to make it satisfactory, because it hadn’t been pushed on in months, because the wet season. I cleared the rocks to make a path up the hill I used to be parked on, so I may drive down. I used to be capable of drive all the way down to the highway with out an excessive amount of drawback, went up the highway to the previous the place I had walked to, in all probability about 10 miles whole. I lastly reached one other steep hill, taking place to a flat plain, the place I may not see the highway. No truck, no mud. I lastly determined that they should have rotated and gone again for some purpose.
I returned to Oyolo the place there was a message to radio them straight away in Pausa, it was pressing! Seems they gotten misplaced up there Monday night time, spent a chilly stressed night time at over 15,00zero toes with little sleep within the truck, and returned to Pausa on Tuesday to get extra gas and a information. Eddie stated they’d strive once more on Wednesday, so I received up early once more and went again to satisfy them. I waited on the high of the hill, above their highway as a result of I had barely made it again up the day earlier than. After ready for what appeared like perpetually, I noticed their mud and at last, they appeared. It took them 5 hours, not three as a result of the highway was so unhealthy. A couple of days later after they returned to Pausa, I rode with Eddie to study the highway. I then hiked again to Oyolo to select up my automobile and return to Cotahuasi. On a future journey, they plan on flying into Arequipa and driving by Cotahuasi to get to Oyolo, relatively than take that highway once more.