Leaving the caribbean coast

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Colombia  , Córdoba,
Thursday, November 1, 2012

We walked out into the town centre in the evening, last night and there were huge Halloween celebrations. Loads of kids were dressed up and bizarrely lots of the men were dressed as women, with wigs and balloon boobs.  It was funny to see, because usually in these kind of countries they don't celebrate our western festivities to such a degreee.  

We set off nice and early from Tolu and cycled along the coast to Covenas.  The road was paved and flat, the cycling was easy and the sun was up but not in full force yet.  We stopped at Covenas, which was another small sea side town, and had a juice drink and a cheese bread roll from a bakery.  Most people were barely set up for breakfast yet and we were looking for some lunch, so a bread roll was the best we could find, as it was only 8am.       

As we cycled inland we had swamp on either side of the road, judging by the vegetation and wildlife it appeared to be permanent swampland, not just from the monsoon weather.  There was an abundance of birds and insects and it made for a perfect day to enjoy the scenery.  As I was cycling along I got a fright when I suddenly saw a huge iguana type lizard was sitting only about half a metre from my foot.  It was massive and really fast as it darted up the nearest tree.  After this one, we saw countless other lizards hanging out by the side of the road, in the sun.  We stopped a couple of times for drinks but easily managed to complete our 100km route by lunchtime.

When we arrived into town we easily found a hotel and somehow were convinced to upgrade to the bigger room, with the air conditioning, which was actually a really pleasant treat.  The hotel lady didn’t seem to realise that we barely understood a word that she said, as she bustled about the room, talking nineteen to the dozen.  She showed us where to put our bags, how to work the TV and probably gave us full instructions of where to eat in town and other helpful information, but I couldn’t wait for her to leave so that I could take my sweaty cycle shorts off and to jump into the shower.  She seemed nice but chatted away to us for ages each time we saw her, or else sat in the reception area, which bizarrely had a Jesus shrine right next to a topless models calendar.

I’m sure her information would’ve been much appreciated if we could’ve understood her because we spent ages wandering around town unable to find anywhere selling or cooking food.  Again we wished that we spoke a bit more of the language to be able to obtain food outside of normal eating times.  Instead we had some fruit and returned to the room for a siesta.

Later in the evening, we found a long street of stalls, selling most types of fast food, pizza, burgers, and a concoction of sausages, cheese and chips.  We opted for some pizza because it seemed like the easiest option to order and they looked delicious being cooked in a big pizza oven.  We had a couple of slices each and then returned to our room to do some language revision.         
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Grandma Chabot on

Looks like strenous excerise!!!! But you's are seeing so much scenery..You's will both be in GREAT shape riding bikes so far each day. No need to worry about calories!!! Keep safe, love you's lots.

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