I’m keen to get back to Medellin as soon as possible, complete the 2000 mile northern loop, and concentrate on the mountains for the next few weeks. I also need to get to Cali and get local information on the best dirt rides in southern Colombia. And finally, I’m really tired of the heat. It’s been months now.
This would be a good spot to mention my favourite road lunch. It’s fast because it sits in a heated glass box along with other stuff, sausages, rapas, etc. It’s called papa rellena and is an egg surrounded by meat and rice in a thick maize crust and is delicious. And this is my first pear in months. Fresh fruit is rare on the road so I pick my lunch spot based on whether I can see fruit as I ride by if I can. Greens are impossible to find at the road spots so always have to wait until later, if they can be found then even.
It’s a struggle finding a place to park Lucinda in these towns and I’m dead tired and frustrated that everythings closed, but eventually I find a place that the caretaker and his wife let me into. I pay cash this morning – he has no idea how much to charge me, we settle on the equivalent of $30, about average for a colonial trap
This is the standard police uniform, except these guys are particularly shiny. They’re always two-up and pretty friendly. Kindof the opposite of Nicaragua. My incidents there turns out to be more the norm the more I read from others. The neon yellow has ruined this blog page
Some of it was pretty exposed (by myself I can go as slow as I like, haha)
The first time I’ve used the video camera in 2 weeks (it’s sometimes way too much work to upload at these crap internet speeds) but I’ll put it up here at some point. (edit – done)
Then completely wasted, into Giron, my favourite town so far. Zero tourists, just about 3,000 happy Colombians in a pretty colonial village. See the previous Giron post for details.