The road was really pleasant with lots of trees leaning over the top of the road, providing us with some much appreciated shade
. The rolling hills started today, as we made our way more inland towards the mountains, but they were perfectly manageable and it actually felt good to get our calves used to the hills a little bit before getting to the big ones. We stopped a few times for drinks and to eat some snacks but still managed to be in town by 1pm, after cycling a 75km day. That is my kind of cycle day, get the miles done but be finished by lunchtime to enjoy a good siesta and to explore the town a little bit.
We found a hotel on the main drag and checked in to the smallest room we have had so far. It wasn't a problem but it was pretty cosy with the bikes in there with us. You can always tell the difference between the foreign and the local tourist hotels because there is always a TV in each room and an air con option in the local’s hotel and you rarely see that in the foreign tourist ones. We looked for somewhere to get some lunch but like yesterday, we seemed to be at just the wrong time, I think most people were having a siesta or just hiding from the midday heat. We found that the supermarket made lunches and had some roast chicken with potatoes, which isn’t actually what we tried to ask for but hey, it still tasted good.
With our bellies full we joined the rest of the population in having afternoon siestas
. It was a really small town, with one main road through the middle with mainly hardware style shops, and it seemed to lack the charm that other towns that we have cycled through have had. However, everyone was friendly and the town was quiet and clean, so we were happy to spend the night there. In the evening, we grabbed some street food from a vendor, but I’m not entirely sure what it was or how to describe it. It had chips, sausages, cheese, salad, sauce, crisps and it was all kind of layered on top of each other. It was perfectly edible though and the vendor’s children entertained us as they played with each other beside our table (although I’m sure they should’ve been in bed, as it was 8pm and they were all under the age of 5, but what do I know?!).
We set off at 7am to get some kilometres in before the sun got too hot. The road was really busy, with lots of traffic, but thankfully there was a bike lane for us to use, which was great. The bulk of the traffic was only going to the next town along, which was about 10km away. As we cycled through the town, Kory pointed out a McDonalds, which was the first one we had seen since arriving into the country. Usually neither of us frequent McDonalds because they are a huge cooperation selling poison! However, this morning we were willing to look past this, as they had their air con up to the max, wifi and most importantly normal coffee! We enjoyed a couple of coffees each and some orange juice, Kory managed to choke down a burger and i had their breakfast option (scrambled/tomato eggs), and before we knew it we had been in there for an hour and the sun was well and truly blazing. Oh well, it was worth it!