Cycling from Cartagena to San Juan Nepomuceno would be my first real day back on the bike after two weeks, as I resumed by bicycle tour ever southward to Argentina.
Cycling out of Cartagena in Colombia
Blog post written: May 6th, 2010
Today, it was back on the bicycle proper after a nearly two week break.
The traffic and state of the road was a bit crazy initially for the section leading up to the outskirts of town, but then thankfully settled down.
As I was cycling up the hill section leading to the town of Turbaco, who should I see, but Fabian and his wife getting off a bus. Small world !
They invited me over to their house for a drink, but I politely declined, as I was still only an hour into my cycling day.
Cycling from Turbaco to San Juan Nepomuceno
After summiting Turbaco, a nice 50 kms hour flat section followed, which was just the job for adjusting back to cycling, especially as my stomach wasn’t feeling too brilliant.
At a roadside stop, I was having a Fanta, and got chatting to a Colombian who gave me 5000 pesos for drinks before leaving. Thanks very much buddy!
So far, everyone seems friendly and genuinely interested to see me on the bicycle, and I haven’t heard the word gringo once.
In San Juan Nepomuceno, I stopped at the first hotel, and 17,000 pesos saw me in a single room with air con.
Shopping consisted of a bag of water and a bag of milk, and a meal at night rounded the day off.
So, the first days cycling in Colombia ended well, although the bad stomach I had had for several day was not any better.