Meeting our first fellow cycle tourist
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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We cycled along rolling hills for a couple of hours and stopped a couple of times to eat some fruit, drink some water and snap some photos. We were surrounded by agricultural land with cattle grazing on either side. At around 11am we saw that the road snaked down into a deep valley and climbed up the other side to another ridge. The views from here were spectacular and we saw dramatic rocky hills jutting up from the valley floor
We coasted down into the valley and stopped numerous times to enjoy the downhill and take photos. The uphill on the other hand wasn’t so easy and it took us a while to climb back out of the valley. The main problem was that as we were plodding along slowly, with laboured breathing, pouring out sweat, with sunglasses steaming up, gradually making it up the hill, in a trance like state with legs rhythmically spinning, when all of a sudden a dog would bark and chase after us. We haven’t really had the problem much in Colombia so far but the dogs in this valley were guard dogs rather than friendly pets. They seemed to enjoy nothing more than noisily jumping out at us when we least expected it, sending our heart racing even more and giving us a good surge of adrenaline. Thankfully as soon as we stopped and shouted at them they would run back to their homes or at least cease their chase but they definitely gave me a fright a couple of times.
When we finally reached the top we pulled into the first restaurant and met Rasmus, a 25 year old Swedish cycle tourist who was going the same way as we are. He had set off half an hour before us in the morning and after completing the climb had stopped at the first restaurant as well. We chatted over lunch and decided to cycle along together for the rest of the afternoon. It was his second time cycling in South America but his first time in Colombia.
After lunch we all headed off together and enjoyed the new scenery as the dramatic hills continued in a wide valley
We went with Rasmus for an early dinner at 5pm and then almost straight away afterwards he hit the hay. Well, that is a bit boring, even for Kory and I, but after the sun had set there wasn’t much else to do, so we retired to our tent and played cards for a while. What we hadn’t realised was that the fire station area was also used as a mechanics/spare parts yard and trucks were arriving and leaving all evening, which might not make for the most restful sleep.