Colombia continues to enthrall us with the scenery and the Magdalena Valley cut by the river of the same name is enchanting. The fields abundant with rice and other grains are evidence of the rich soil.
Our forward progress was occasionally halted by paros (traffic stops). These are protests by local agricultural workers where they typically stop traffic in both directions for about an hour at a time, several times a day. Luckily, we’ve been allowed through after talking to the local boss for a few minutes.
Later, admiring the view from a pull-off, we met Ariza when he bicycled up. He was heading from San Agustin to Bogota for a music festival and then to culinary school in Peru. We were amazed that he only had a small rucksack for the journey. He wins the minimalist award for bicycle travel.
Ariza was super friendly and offered us a place to stay on his finca (farm) in San Agustin. We also got a quick spanish lesson, learning new words for cool, super cool, and not cool. ¡Chimba!
Although we continued to climb, the miles seemed to melt away under the rare, mostly clear sky and stunning scenery.
We even found a road prize.
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