Today was a lovely Animals day, first the 2 little cows being born, by the way I just realizedthe deep message behind: Life is such a precious gift! and right today before my eyes it just showed up, today: June 21st. Summer Solstice!!!! And then this afternoon I went to visit my Colombian brother cyclist I met in Coyaique, Chile together with Luis. I was invited for Lunch by Alex and Milena his sweet companion. Then I went with Alex to vist a great place uphill (amazing climbing we rode on his car): a Dog Nursery where homeless sweet dogs are received, loved and fed until someone who loves animals bring one of them home. There are so many homeless dogs already that promotion for their adoption is needed, so Alex, a great pianist and social worker/teacher is also a photographer, so he went there to photograph the doggies in order to publish a brochure. Great Paisas initiative, Kudos!!!!
Greetings from Familia Londoño’s Finca and the casa de ciclistas at San Antonio de Prado where I am kindly hosted by Edith, Luis and one of their 3 daughters the beutiful Sofi. Today 2 cows became active mothers if teo sweet cubs. What a Miracle of Life and what a tough task to be a mother Cow, it rakes place so fast and slow at the same time, lots of cleansing and tongue work, amazing!
What a nice place, and just saw a tiny part if Central Medellin today. Sinc yesterday I am hosted at the Casa de Ciclistas Medellin with Luis and his nice wife and daughter Edith and Sofia and a lot of little animals pigs, cows, dogs and awesome trees and mountains part of their multihectar Finca at San Antonio de Prado. I arrived yesterday with Alex Betancur a brother cyclist whom I met together with Luis at Manñihuales, Chile when both were cycling from Ushuaia to Lima, great Colombian friends. Thanks to Alex mitivation I almost didn’t feel the hallucinating road that climbs from Itagui until San Antonio de Prado, a killer climb after the 3d hardest climb for cyclists in Colombia which took me 2 days of hard work under a hot Sun and 42 celsius from La Pintada to Molinos del Alto: 15 to 25% ascents and a super narrow Panamericana without shoulders and super pronounced curves charged with lots if trucks, buses and alike… I am telling you, one of the toughest days since Patagonia/Tierra del Fuego. And I just survived it, deep infinite Gratitude and Love to the Source of All That Is!
A nocturnal view if a blossoming Guayacan (which blossom twice a year) I saw in central Santa Barbara a town/crown on top of a huge mountain 1720 masl… Still a greater climb eas waiting next day when I reached the Pass at El Alto de M. at 2373 masl
Beasts carrying beasts!
Alex Betancue and his sweet children Brisa and Emanuel at Luis Londoño’ s finca and CdeC Medellin at S. A. de Prado, Antioquia, where the Paisas are so friendly!
Colombia a friendly and photogenic land where the Fat old Sun shines and makes clear is up there, so good sometimes the roads have lots of tall and wide trees, but temperatures are hot and highly humid all of the time, my thermometer has reachee 42 celsius!!! Once I am in rest mode is nasty and hot in the tent or in a hostel room… So good is that there us only one option on the shower: pure cold water, thanks!
Nice and smiling people, mostly silent dogs, until now not a single beasty chase, this isn’t Peru!!! So grateful!!!
Fresh Fruits provide me with fre sh vitaminic treats and healthy meals… Thise Manco Capac’s revange days in Cusco are only neat memories… Tanana nana…
Infinite Geatitude to the mighty cosmic Source for all those
Divine Teachings and gifts like waking up to a brabd new day and enjoying this big delicious Joke called Life… Already 7 full moons on the road and Summer Solstice is on sight for us located on the Northern Hemisphere… Tomorrow if Permission is granted I shall be in the city of the eternal Spring (sounds familiar to my ears … ain’t so Cuernavaca?) as Colombians call Medellin, Antioquia’s capital… La Pintada and the tough climb await our ride beloved Negrita!!
I want to thank the kindness of don Hildebrando Trejos and his companion doña Beatriz who met me on the road 2 dats ago and shared a delicious meal at one of his Restaurants in Yotoco, then both wingless angels invited me to join them at their Restaurand with a Disco at Tulua, where I received supper and fresh delicious juices (mango, lulo with noni and then guanabana, yummy!! Gracias Adelia the great cook at Jaime Carriel resraurant/disco, which premises are crossed by the Tulua river). Then I was taken to my room in a very cool hotel. Then the nice couple from Cali took me to their Disco/nightclub where later that night there would be a strippers’ show to celebrate Father’s day… Colombian ways (despite I was invited to return I was so tired that simply I couldn’t care less and went to have a great recovery sleep).
So here some images from those days/roads in the hot mountains of Colombia. Enjoy!
The Kangas part wth my hosts in Tulua: don Hildebrando (76!) and doña Beatriz, both motorbike long distance travellers.
John a friendly motobiker who shared with me a soda and a nice chat. He is a teacher ans studies a master in Human Rights in Cali.
Infinite Gratitude to my friends/brothers at Specialized Cali who kindly abd professionally took care of my bike to keep on pedaling this Dream towards my aim Kankun, Mexihko!!
Infinita Gratitud hermanos Juan Pablo, Andres and Jose !!! Bendiciones del Universo creador en su camino y el de todas sus relaciones.
Andres and Jose at the workshop
Andres and Kuauhtli Itzkoatl
Juan Pablo from Specialized Cali and Kuahtli Itzkoatl
Felipe from Suunto Colombia and Kuauhtli Itzkoatl
Gregor, Lea and 2 years old Ronia (inside the baby-trailer) a German family in Colombia after cycling 13000 km from Alaska and on their way to Ushuaia, and I thought I was carrying lots of stuff… Lol!
In Cali I lived once more the Colombian hospitality. I pitched my tent on the former Casa de Ciclistas garden (currently closed due to the sadly unrespecful and abusive behavior of some cyclists who were kindly welcomed by the owners) thanks to the kindnes of a friendly family doña Sixta and his photogeapher son Hernan Miller, a very nice mate. Infinita Gratitud pir su hispitalidad y confianza y el haberme convidado cena y cafecito colombiano. La divina Fuente Crwadora colme de bendiciones su camino y el de todas sus relaciones. Munas Kanchus Mitakuye Oyasin, Somos Uno con Todo lo que Es!!!
This morning as I left Popayan a big gift was waiting for me: an empty Panamericana highway without a single car ir truck but the police motorcycles and the cycling teams’ vehicles, today took place the 4th stage of the Vuelta Ciclista Colombia from Popayan to Cali and I was so lucky to live the atmisphere created before the event, which started one hour after I stated my pedalling for the day. It was fun to hear people cheering me up, there was even a kind man who stoped ne ti give me some biscuits and candy. Then 30 kms after I stated and almost 50 minutes later came the siper fast cycling platoon. I had to stoped righ in the middle of a tough climb and there these
Fast guys were… Their speed certainly impressed me.