Rincon del Mar – Cartagenas: Last day of cycling

Wednesday 15, January 2020 139km Total so far: 1217,8 km

I didn´tt sleep very good last night. The rooster started to crow so early. I think for some reason he was totally confused because it was only 2:30 at night. Well, I was confused then, too, but thanks to god I fell asleep again. Still at 4am I was awake 100% and finally at 4:45 I got up. I packed everything into my panniers and one hour later I started to bring down all the stuff. Matthias came also down at 6am already. He had told me so yesterday because he wanted to say good-bye and he was interested to see the loaded bike. I think that was very nice of him and very cool. So after the last good-byes I started to leave El Rincon by pushing the bike through the sand of the beach. Sun was just rising and I enjoyed this beautiful scenery very much. It was awesome.

I knew that the road to San Onofre for the next 16km would be an unpaved dirt road and that it would be climbing up.

At 7:45 I reached San Onofre and I found a bakery and bought some sweet cakes and a coffee.

After I took the road N°90. First there was no shoulder to cycle on and a lot of parts were under construction. There was heavy traffic and a lot of trucks because of the constrcution works.

The landscape was nothing special. Farmland and also a lots of palm oil plantations.Temperature rose constantly until it was really hot: 47°C. Everytime I bought 2liters of water when there was a possibility to buy but I could only drink 1 liter because the other liter was already cooking. Thanks god, today you could buy something to drink every couple of kms. Sometimes they were even selling some cocos nuts.

The road went up for long time and it kept on being hilly as hell. I thought today would be easy cycling but it wasn´t at all. Only about 22km before Cartagena the road finally went down with a nice steep short downhill. Then I started to get closer to the city and the traffic got more dense. It was a chaotic especially after the chilled atmosphere of Rincon del Mar. I was shocked and I missed it already.

There were so many buses, trucks and motorbikes. Everybody was using the horn like crazy and the buses always turned suddenly to the right from the middle of the street to collect people. I had to be so careful with many eyes.

My wife had mailed some hotel options so I was riding directly to one of them: Hothel San Martin. I was hoping very much that there would be a room available. At 5pm I got there and yes! They had a room for me. Cool.

I took a shower and I went to eat to a place where they got spaghetty bolognese. Delicious. After I had 2 caipirinhas which I had definitely deserved today, and on my way back I bought some beers and some snacks.

I went to sleep at midnight very tired after doing the blog.

Ready to go
Ready to go
Lets go!
Lets go!
Crossing the small bridge
Crossing the small bridge
Dirty road to San Onofre
Dirty road to San Onofre
Sunrise
Sunrise
Bad surface for cycling
Bad surface for cycling
San Onofre church
San Onofre church
Road without shoulder
Road without shoulder
Beautiful tree
Beautiful tree
All the family on a motorbike taxi
All the family on a motorbike taxi
Up and down
Up and down
Oil palms, Elaeis guineensis
Oil palms tree, Elaeis guineensis
Oil palm  tree processing
Oil palm tree processing
 Hiding a little from the sun
Hiding a little from the sun
Caribe road
Caribe road
Again no shoulder
Again no shoulder
Really hot!
Really hot!
New bridge
New bridge
 Swamp "Cienaga De Luisa"
Swamp “Cienaga De Luisa”
Still up and down
Still up and down
Delicious dinner
Delicious dinner
 I deserve this caipirinha
I deserve this caipirinha

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