Tolu– Rincon del Mar: Heat and dirty roads

Sunday 12, January 2020 55km Total so far: 1078,8 km

I didn’t sleep very well. There was loud music coming out of every door here – amazing. I woke up already at 5 am and at 6:15 I started pedaling.

I reached the main road and after 5km I took a turn onto a secondary road. There was a sign saying no vehicles allowed because the road was under construction but I asked a worker and he said “for bikes it’s ok”. So I went. The road was dirty with sometimes  brand new pavement.There was very little traffic. Mostly motorbikes and of course the trucks working for the construction. When they passed me very fast they always gave me a nice shower of dust…..The landscape was mainly meadows and pastures for cattle. 

After about 19km I got back to the main road N°90 . After 8km I reached San Ofre. I had a small break there and meanwhile I left my bike standing in the hot sun. Temperature on my tachometer showed 56°C in just some minutes. Summer heat !! Well, I talked to guy there a little bit and he told me that El Rincon del Mar was much nicer then Berrugas so I decided to go there instead of Berrugas. From San Ofre the road went on also dirty and in bad condition so I could ride only slowly. 

On the way I met a Brasilian guy also touring with his bike. He was travelling for 8 months now but he was going the other direction. We chatted a little bit, said good-bye each one following his own destination. I arrived in the village of El  Rincon at 11:30 and started to look for a place to stay. I went all the way ’til the end of the village. One option I already had checked out in google before but they told me they wanted 70€/night. Wow! I almost fell off my saddle! Thank you very much, I suggest you wait for the next stupid one. I went back and could find a nice tiny room with ocean view and a terrace with an own hamock. I was very happy because the area here is not very developped for tourism – very basic everything.

I took a shower, washed my bicycle uniform and was ready for a nap.

Later I was fighting hard to upload some images. The internet really is fucking slowly here. No place for digital nomades…..In the end I used my data – that was much faster.

At 7pm I went to a normal house that is made up like a restaurant. I ate my usual plate: chicken, rice and beans.

I came back, had a beer and enjoyed the warm air watching the ocean.

I am planning to stay here until the 15th of January.

Merkava ready to go
Merkava ready to go
Very fogy
Very fogy
New road
New road
Very nice no traffic at all
Very nice no traffic at all
Dirty dusty road
Dirty dusty road
Small break
Small break
 Southern crested caracara (Caracara plancus)
Southern crested caracara (Caracara plancus)
Road under construction
Road under construction
Cattle on the road
Cattle on the road
Paved road
Paved road
Arriving at San Ofre
Arriving at San Onofre
Need a drink
Need a drink
Really hot!
Really hot!
Some shadows in the road
Some shadows in the road
 Beautiful tree
Beautiful tree
 A colleague
A colleague
A heron
A heron
Arriving at El Rincon del Mar
Arriving at El Rincon del Mar
 I have to pass this pier to get to my hotel
I have to pass this pier to get to my hotel
My tinny room
My tinny room
 My own hammock
My own hammock

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