Cycling from Near Villa Rica to Popayan in Colombia

Riding between Villa Rica and Popayan in Colombia by bicycle, I met a very friendly family at a small restaurant, and didn't quite manage to dodge the rain!

Villa Rica to Popayan by Bicycle

Blog post entry from Colombia May 2010:

A long day of cycling over 100kms in hot conditions, but plenty of chances to refuel at friendly, family-run restaurants and snack places.

The cycle ride from Villa Rica to the city of Popayan was not without its challenges in the form of plenty of hill climbing.

I stopped off several times for drinks and food, and in one restaurant, the family who owned it was very chatty and friendly.

A chatty family in Colombia somewhere between Villa Rica and Popayan


Fortunately, my Spanish seemed to flow a bit better today!

As the afternoon went on, the skies darkened, and it started to rain, so what perfect timing to get a puncture! And in the rear tyre again.

Schwalbe may be the tyre of choice for cycling expeditions, but I won’t be using them again. The Panaracer I have on the front wheel has been puncture free since Mexico. (Actually, I do use Schwalbe tyres now still. I think I was just having a hissy fit this day!).

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I managed to change the inner tube without getting too wet, although I got a nice soaking on the last 5 km as I floated into Popayan. Time for some rain gear I think!

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