Tuesday 07, January 2020 129km – Total so far: 785,2 km
Today I wanted to start early to avoid the heat and so at 6:30 I was back in the saddle again.
I was just pedaling a few minutes when I saw a guy obviously going to the market with a lot of fruit. Lucky me! I could buy my bananas right there from him! I felt happy because it is not like in Asia here where you can buy stuff everywhere – here you always have to look for everything.
The expected big downhill started as soon as I was pedaling and you could call it a real downhill for about 20km.Though I love to let go and speed up when I bike downwards I could not go as fast as I would have liked to.The road was not in very good conditions. I needed to be very careful. One thing were the bad road conditions but the other thing was that there was a lot of traffic, too.
When some parts of of the road were really bad there were guys with shuffles just adding sand to the potholes. Then they asked the drivers for money. I found it very creative, somehow it made me smile.
By the way, today for the first time I could get a coconut to drink. Man that felt so good, I just love it.
After the 20km “big downhill” the road was still leading down in general but in between there were a lot of hills. The steady up and down also can make your legs real tired.
There was a stretch when I was riding very chilled and a guy approched to me with a motorbike. He began to ask the usual questions like always… “Where are you from, where are you going to” etc. Then he went on, but after some meters he turned around and waved at me. So I stopped right beside him and before I could really take my feet off the pedals I already held a cold gatorate drink in my hands. Wow! Then he insisted to buy me some food. He was so happy and proud to invite me and wouldn’t let me pay. For me another incredibly nice experience.
Cycling was good. The road often went parallel to the Caucasia river and I crossed many bridges with awesome views.
At 4pm I got to the city of Caucasia and I found me a hotel that looked ok.
I took a shower and I went to eat like always. This time I really was hungry and the food on my plate left my stomach with quite a big hole still. So I went to a supermarket…. I bought some olive crackers and nachos with salsa. Yummi
So back in my room I continued my dinner and watched some TV till late at night – tomorrow is a day off!!!