Bit of a barney

Trip Start Aug 20, 2012
Trip End Jun 08, 2013

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Drive from St Agustin was on a road that we had heard was terrible and impassable in some weather. So a 6.30 leave. A bit of an argument with Mel and Arnold over this as the hotel was getting the staff in early to do breakfast and Arnold wanted a 15minute later leaving time to enjoy it.

The road turned out to be much better than expected and we made excellent time. There were lots of military on the road and we were stopped and emptied out of the truck on one occasion, for a random baggage check.

The guys insisted on smoking, a big no-no; sometimes this is considered disrespectful and the military or police, can decide to make your life difficult. Mel asked them to stop but not everyone did. This was the last straw for Mel and Franco; shortly we stopped by the road side for a bit of a barney.

The long and short of it is that we will now get to Quito on the 16th not the 17th, and lots of unhappy campers, including the crew…

Glad to get to Popayan and get out of the truck and away from most of the group.

At the hostel it was great to hear another Scottish voice, Kim who runs the place. I've met almost no Scots on my travels, can't work out why.

Popayan was having a bank holiday weekend to celebrate Mothers Day. The town was quite quiet, with almost no cars. Lovely to wander around and admire the rebuilding from the devastation of an earthquake in the early 1980's. It’s particularly pointed as May, who has been traveling with us, has told us about her experiences in the Christchurch earthquake.

The only attraction of note here were the 2 old bridges in town. So I headed out to the thermal pools outside town. It was a bit of a journey, an hour on the local bus, followed by a 30 minute ride up the crappy roads, in a clapped out old jeep.

Arriving at the pools, we had to get the gate unlocked to let us in. Turns out there was just one family there and they left. So we had the pools to ourselves, with only the odd maintenance man about.

A good day out.
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