We reached 20,000km just south of Salvador on the Brazilian coast. Idyllic sounding, it was actually the rainiest day of our cycle trip around South America so far, and we only stopped for a few minutes to celebrate.
Laura and Paddy's adventures by bike
As we say farewell to the Andes after several months we look back with a short video at some of our favourite moments.
By the time we reached Bogota we’d been on the road for eight months and our legs needed a real rest. We were hoping for an easy ride to Venezuela, but Colombia’s mountains still had challenges in store.
Katy Perry sings a song about Colombia. You know the one that goes ‘you’re up then you’re down… you’re hot then you’re cold’. It sums up our cycle ride across the country perfectly and the stretch from Cali to Bogota was no exception.
Colombia had been the one country which everyone had warned us about. Drugs, violence and kidnaps: it has received its fair share of negative press in recent history. But instead we arrived excited, having heard great stories about the generosity and friendliness of Colombians from cyclists we’d met on the road.