Back on the road: Medellin to Bolombolo

Cycling day 9: Medellin to Bolombolo Today, after nearly two weeks off, we finally got back on the bikes! Sarah had unfortunately picked up a bit of food poisoning and had had a terrible night. By morning, she was feeling absolutely knackered but was adamant that we wouldn’t postpone hitting the road any longer… She […]

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Last day in Medellin: charity day

Today, we went with Pedro and Manuel (the father and son duo of our Medellin hosts) to visit a charity (La fundación evolución del pensamiento) on the slopes of Medellin; we were helping out with their Halloween event. The charity offers after school support 3 evenings a week, as well as all day Sunday. They […]

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Cartagena for Sarah’s birthday

We’ve just come back from a lovely few days in Cartagena, a city on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. We were attracted by the prospect of sun, sea and damn cheap flights (£20 each way), as well as what we’d heard was one of South America’s most picturesque cities. We stayed at a hostel in the old […]

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Meddling in Medellin

Since last Tuesday (18th) we’ve been in Medellin staying with the lovely Gomez family through warmshowers.com. Pedro, Diana, and their youngest son, Manuel, have been extremely hospitable. They live in the El Velodromo area, very close to a metro stop, an ideal setup for us to explore this great city. They have a lovely apartment […]

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Arrival in Medellin: La Ceja to Medellin

Cycling day 8: La Ceja to Medellin So today was our last cycle for a while! Just in time as Sarah’s bottom was starting to hurt a little (although padded shorts have changed her world)! We awoke in La Ceja to the sound of constant rain. We had a much shorter cycle today than previous […]

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Racing the rain: Sonson to La Ceja

 Cycling day 7: Sonson to La Ceja   We had a pretty cold night in Sonson. We ended up getting our sleeping bags out and wearing lots of layers. This extra padding helped, as it turned out our mattress was made of wood and cardboard – always check the mattress of hotels in Colombia! We […]

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Riding it out in the chiva: Florencia to Narino

We expected Saturday to be a leisurely and uneventful day, how wrong we were… We did have a leisurely start, as we had decided not to cycle the rocky track between Florencia and Narino. The plan was to get a chiva bus instead. We found breakfast at a local bakery – the baked good on […]

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The road surface worsens: Norcasia to Florencia

Cycling day 5: Norcasia to Florncia   There was the craziest lightning storm in Norcasia last night! The loudest thunder and brightest lightening that I (Sarah) have ever seen – somehow Freddy slept through the whole thing… I don’t know how! As a result, when it was time to get up, Sarah was already pretty […]

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Feeling hot: La Dorada to Norcasia

Cycling day 4: La Dorada to Norcasia   Wow what a day! We are absolutely pooped! We set off from La Dorada after a complementary ‘tinto’ (shot of coffee) from our hotel, grabbing some baked goods and restocking our water bottles, before hitting the road. We were on the way to Medellin and decided that […]

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