Heading to the border town of Ipiales
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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As we continued downhill we saw a small roadside restaurant, which seemed to be the perfect place to stop for some lunch. The restaurant was perched on the side of the hill, overlooking the stunning valley
Once we arrived at the bottom of the valley the road followed the river for a while and we enjoyed some rolling hills. We had been staying at 2500m and really noticed the heat in the valley as it was about 1000m lower than where we had been. We were getting hot and sweaty and had tremendous thirsts, which led to us having to re-fill our water bottles a few times as we made our way through the valley towards Ipiales.
The sun beat down upon us as we started to climb the hill towards our destination, knowing that we had about 1500m to climb back up to the cooler temperatures again. We were surrounded by farmed hills again, with tiny sections of steep land covered in rows of crops. The road was good but every now and again it was closed off for roadworks as they were making improvements. Sometimes they would allow us to continue onwards even though the rest of the traffic had to wait, which was great because it meant that we had the road to ourselves for the next 15 minutes or so
By the end of the day, we had cycled just over 80km, but as a lot of that was uphill, it had taken us almost 6 hours on the bike. Therefore we were quite tired as we arrived into Ipiales and consequently checked into the first hotel that we saw. We hadn't even cycled into town this time, we had just gone for a hotel on the side of the highway. Thankfully it was a nice hotel though; it was quiet, with a hot shower, a really comfortable bed and cable TV. It was owned by a Chinese family, who also ran a restaurant downstairs, which is how Kory and I ended up having Chinese takeaway two evenings in a row. Oh well, the stir-fried vegetable dish was actually quite delicious and I was too tired to scope out eating elsewhere.