Another beautiful town

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

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Flag of Colombia  , Antioquia,
Thursday, November 8, 2012

As we left town, we immediately hit a nice long downhill but of course this just meant that we had a nice long uphill on the other side of the valley. The uphill was nowhere near as steep as the previous day though, which our legs were really grateful for.  Our departure town and our destination town were actually at the same elevation today, and there were only a few up and down hills, which took some time as they were steep but were substantially easier than yesterday.  As both towns were at around 2500 meters elevation, the air was cooler and we were surrounded by gorgeous green mountains in every direction. 

As we cycled I reflected on how much better the traffic was here compared to in India.  We had been warned that the trucks were a nightmare and the traffic would be really heavy.  In reality we found that there were trucks on the road but not half as many as we were used to and they would cross right over the road to pass us.  One truck even came to a grinding halt to wait to pass us with lots of room, rather than force us into the ditch, which is what we were used to in India.  I was also surprised by the response we were getting; lots of drivers honked their horns numerous times and then leant out of the window to smile/wave/give us the thumbs up/or shout some words of encouragement.  One truck even stopped to ask us if we wanted a lift, which was tempting but we said no, this time.  Also, people by the side of the road would cheer or just shout "Hola!" as we rode past.  Of course, there were numerous times that we had no idea what they were saying to us, probably “we do have buses here you know” or “is that the best you can do, by grandmother can cycle faster than that” but it was always said with a friendly, smiling grin, so we would happily wave back to them oblivious. 

When we arrived into town we stopped for a “meal of the day”, of meat, eggs, rice, salad, bread and soup.  Most little cafes have something similar, which seems to be a combination of whatever they can find at the market that morning.  The guy was super friendly and had a huge grin throughout my trying to order food, then made a comment that this wasn't the norm for him, having foreigners in his little café.  With full bellies we found a hotel and had a siesta, as it was 3pm and we had managed a slightly more respectable 50km riding day

In the evening, we walked around the town a little bit, which was really pleasant and had a large church with a big square in front of it, similar to Yarumal.  It looked really pretty as the sun went down and it was illuminated with lights.  We got chatting to a street stall guy who had lived in Boston, USA for a long time, so clearly spoke good English.  We also met another guy who had lived in Boston for a while as well and it felt nice to chat easily to them, without the language barrier for a change.  We haven’t been in any tourist towns now for almost two weeks, and are looking forward to hopefully getting to Medellin tomorrow, which should be touristy and have all the usual tourist attractions but also good food, internet and backpackers to chat to.
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