But if you try sometimes, you just might find, you get what you need.
So the song goes.
Holds true for bicycle touring too.
The plan today was to take a short day. The mountain passes have been close together lately, which means we spend a good part of the day climbing over one mountain, only to descend rapidly and start going up another. We didn’t think we had two mountain passes in us today. So the plan was to go over one and then descend into Pasto for a short day.
However, we didn’t get a particularly inviting vibe from Pasto and the hotel rooms we checked were small and dank. So we rode out thinking we’d find something better outside of town. Unfortunately, the hotels outside of town were the type that are only rented by the hour. Not wanting to circle back into the mayhem of the city, we decided to push on up the second mountain pass, sure that we’d find something mid-way up.
Luckily at the top there was a restaurant because I was STARVING and had run out of water.
Now that we had the hard part done for the day we coasted down the mountain and found a truck stop hotel near the bottom of the descent. The owners were friendly, it was clean, and for 12,000 pesos ($6 USD), it was perfect. Colombia is by far the country where we’ve been our cleanest, thanks to its great budget hotels.
It’s not what we initially had wanted, but after a bit more effort, at the end of the day, it was exactly what we needed.