Wow that is a HUGE breakfast!

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

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Flag of Colombia  , Cauca,
Sunday, November 25, 2012

We managed to get on the road early this morning, and found ourselves cycling along a deserted highway by 7.30am. There were almost no cars on the road but there were hundreds of road cyclists out for a Sunday morning cycle, in pairs or small groups.  Many of them gave us a holler and a thumbs up as they whizzed past at twice our speed. 

We cycled for two hours and covered 50km of flat agricultural land, before the sun became intense.  We were surrounded by a ridge of mountains on either side, with some peaks reaching over 5000metres.  We continued on for a while longer before stopping for a second desayuno, however when it arrived the meal was huge and was more like a large lunch than a breakfast.  There were eggs, sausage, rice, beans, pork, minced beef, a banana and a large juice; it kept us fuelled for the rest of the day.

As we cycled through the agricultural lowlands, with cows and crops on both sides, I noticed that the housing was getting simpler and the towns were less developed.  The influence of the big cities of Medellin and Bogota was dwindling and the poorer country life was more obvious.  People were washing in the river and some were travelling with horses and carts.  The locals also had a noticeably darker skin tone, than we had seen in the cities and appeared to be less fashion conscious.  It felt great to be able to notice these subtle differences as we have travelled across the country, in a way that may not be possible when driving quickly from one big tourist destination to the next. 

We arrived into town by 2.30pm and were fairly impressed with ourselves for completing the 118km day so quickly, which is our longest day so far on this trip.  The town was slightly bigger and much more pleasant than I had imagined, although the majority of shops were closed as it's a Sunday.  It had a nice square with a big church, and roads lined with trees, which were full of people enjoying the afternoon.  Children splashed in a shallow river that cut through the town, and if it had looked a bit cleaner we might have been tempted to join them.  In the evening the streets filled with vendors selling juices and ice-cream, and children’s fairground rides were assembled in the main square.  There was a real party vibe, but as far as we could tell, it appeared like it was a normal weekend activity. 
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Julianne on

I have been able to catch up with your blog. I am now up to date! Thank you for making the effort to write such interesting accounts. I am enjoying following your progress. Stay well! xx

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