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No rest for tired legs: cycling from Bogota to Cucuta

No rest for tired legs: cycling from Bogota to Cucuta

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.

Tour de France gradients and hot cycling on the road from Cali to Bogota

Tour de France gradients and hot cycling on the road from Cali to Bogota

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.

Foam, flour and water: cycling Ipiales to Cali

Foam, flour and water: cycling Ipiales to Cali

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.

Never-ending hills on the way from Quito to Colombia

Never-ending hills on the way from Quito to Colombia

“Are you the people who were on TV last night?” asked our hotel manager in Quito. We were, having spent one of our days off in the capital answering questions from the national media about our trip. After a busy break, we weren’t totally rested when we set off towards the Colombian border, through Ecuador’s never-ending hills.

Bananas, cycle protests and pedalling over the Andes again: Huaquillas to Riobamba

Bananas, cycle protests and pedalling over the Andes again: Huaquillas to Riobamba

“EC-UA-DOR, ESCHUCAME”. We crossed into Ecuador to the sound of Sash booming on our I-pods. With its friendly atmosphere and stunning scenery, our eighth country of the trip is more than living up to expectations.