La Dorada – Doradal : Almost flat road today

Green landscape

Sunday 29, December 2019 75 km – Total so far: 298,4 km

At 5 o’clock my alarm rang. I finished packing and started to pedal at about 6 in the morning.

I figured out yesterday evening that I needed to return to the main highway going to Medellin.

The traffic was a little bit less then yesterday but still enough. The highway consisted of two lanes going boths directions.The first 30km where flat and always straight – nothing special.

I listened to some music which I preferred to the sound of the truck engines.

On the side of the road there was a guy with his motorbike giving me hints to stop and waving to me. So I stopped to see what was the matter.

Well, he needed some tools. His radiator cap didn’t close the way it should. I gave him my bicycle tools and he was able to repair it. In  the end he asked me how much he would owe to me now. I felt embarrased and shook my head in disbelief. “Of course nothing” I told him but I really had to tell him many times before he accepted that I didn’t want anything. Nice people.

I rode on and the highway turned into a normal road – but the traffic was the same….

On top just 2km before town it started to rain. Flashlights in the sky but I was enjoying it. To me it was like a refreshing shower.

I arrived all wet and the small town was full with tourists from Colombia. They all come here because theres a big park which is built on the ex-farm Hacienda Napoles of Pablo Escobar. He used to have a lot of exotic animals that he brought from Africa. Now it’s like a public safari park with different swimming pools and all kinds of entertainment. I don’t wanna go there.

I started to look for accomodation.

The prices of the hotels were expensive and overpriced. In the end I paid 30$ for a small room with a fan. It was hot and inside the room it felt like a sauna. Thanks god I was tired enough to take a nap. Then I did some work on the blog.

After that I took another shower with cold water – there was no hot -and went to eat. The food was ok but nothing special. On my way back I tried to get me some stuff to take with me tomorrow and I found a supermarket. It was very big but the shelves were more or less empty…..

I was back to my room and when I opened the door the temperature had climbed up to almost 31°C…..I took the third shower and I went to sleep.

I know the mountains are starting again tomorrow…..

Ready to go
Ready to go
Crossing the bridge again
Crossing the bridge again
Sunrise
Sunrise
Always straight
Always straight
Still straight
Still straight
Helping the motorbike
Helping the motorbike
He was so happy ...
He was so happy …
Just two lines road
Just two lines road
Having a break
Having a break
Nice road
Nice road
Crossing the Magddalena river
Crossing the Magddalena river
Magdalena river
Magdalena river
Arriving at Doradal
Arriving at Doradal
My guesthouse reception ,no foreigners allow
My guesthouse reception ,no foreigners allowed
My dinner, chicken breast
My dinner, chicken breast
Temperature in my room ,it is like sauna
Temperature in my room ,it is like sauna