Back on the road
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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As we set off a few of the backpackers were there and called out pep talk style slogans; including "if you finish second, you finish last; you have to beat him Gemma." Which I thought clearly showed that they have never cycle toured because firstly, it isn't a race, if it was it would be the slowest race ever
We cycled up the hill to Armenia, which took about an hour, but it felt great to get back on the bike and to get the legs moving again. I enjoyed by time in Salento but was really pleased to be on the move again. Once we got through Armenia, we saw a sign that our destination for the day was only another 10km away and sure enough we were there by midday. We stopped for lunch and considered what to do next. We weren’t sure about hotel options further along the road but there was a sign for a town in 45km and we could see that the hills were far away, so the going should be good, with either rolling hills or flat roads. We decided to push on to make it to the next town and hope that we weren’t making a bad decision.
On the whole the day was spent going slightly downhill; each small rolling hill was slightly more down than up, and it meant that we were going fast
We checked into a hotel, which was simple but also the cheapest room that we have had so far; 13,000COP ($7, 5 GBR), and had a siesta. In the evening, we walked around the main square, which had men playing cards and children playing under the Christmas lights. We had arepa with chicken, avocado, tomato and herbs (very similar to a toasted sandwich that you would have at home, but we corn flour dough rather than bread) for 3,500 ($2). Regardless of my continuing rash, I feel a great contentment about being back exploring the real Colombia again and am excited about what the road ahead brings.