ruthburger-1280

10 July – 9 August 2014

Countries Colombia (total 9)
Distance 964.51km (total 14,556.30km)
Climb 16,422m (total 142,585m)
Longest day 136.57km, Popayán to Cali in Colombia (longest so far: 160.11km)
Top speed 65.3kmh (fastest so far: 67.4kmh)
Punctures 1 (total 23; Will leads 16-7)
Touring cyclists encountered 1 (total 65)
Planes 2 (total 6)
Most generous host The brother-in-law of a former colleague of Will’s, Daniel Anzola gave us the run of his Bogotá apartment for a week; along with his friend Roberto, Dan made us feel incredibly welcome and helped us make sense of this sprawling capital
Best breakfast Hacienda Venecia is a working coffee farm, so it wasn’t really a surprise that the coffee was quite something
Worst hill The climb between the small Colombian towns of Susa and Chiquinquirá during which the clutch on our borrowed car decided to throw in the towel
Ice cream of the month A fairly indifferent month on the helado front was partly salvaged by the quietly excellent La Fuente in Mariquita
Jettisoned en route Will’s bike chain, which lasted a ridiculous 14,200km; and Ruth’s battered, beloved cycling shoes
Lost in transit Yet another pair of Ruth’s cycling gloves
Biggest mystery Where we’ll be this time next month
Biggest surprise Quite how much we’re still enjoying Colombia

from Medellín, Antioquia, Colombia