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Cycling in Colombia in summer 2017

Don Matias – Yarumal – Tarazá

On Monday, 15th August, I left Don Matias early. At the beginning it was raining lightly, but the rain soon stopped. It was a day with clouds and sun, and more sun in the afternoon. After the ascend to Don Matias the day before I thought that I wouldn’t need to climb up much any more, but now I’m not so sure. At the beginning I had to climb up to about 2900m, with a steeper and harder ascend at the beginning, and later it got easier. The landscape was wonderful. But my legs were a little bit tired after the climb the day before – and the second day is always the hardest...

Medellín – and the beginning of my cycling trip

I arrived to Medellín on Wednesday, 9th August, in the evening. There was a large queue in front of immigration, but once through the luggage was already there, including my bicycle. I was a bit worried about how to find a taxi big enough for me and my bicycle, but in the end that wasn’t a problem at all. Soon I was on my way to Medellín, where I stayed with a friend. I was very tired, and couldn’t be bothered to do anything with the bike. We talked a bit, and I went to bed early.

Colombia 2017

I have planned to do another cycling trip in August 2017, this time through Colombia. I'm going to start in Medellin and go north from there, in the direction of Cartagena. Later, my idea is to go to Mompox, and then from El Banco in Chalupa to Barrancabermeja. From Barrancabermeja on my plan is to continue on my bike up to Bogota.

Obviously, the route is not fixed. It's an idea, a plan, and I always like to be flexible, and so it is very likely that there will be some changes.

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by Dr. Radut