- Colombia: Cartagena, Turbaco, Carmen, Sincelego, Planeta Rica.
- Date: December 10th to the 16th
- Distance travelled: 321 kilometers / 200 miles Odomoter: 1,024 km / 636 miles
- On the days we biked, we averaged 107 km (66 miles) / day.
- Spent: $20 / day / person
- Hours on bike: 6 per day. Speed: 18 kph (11 mph)
The typical Colombian “executive lunch” includes a soup, unlimited juice, and a plate of beans, rice, plantains, salad, and a meat of your choice. Our first time trying this lunch is an experience that we won’t forget. As usual, we were forced to rely on our mediocre Spanish at a roadside restaurant. The waitress gave us two soup options: chicken or mondongo. Immediately, Adam blurted out, “Mondongo! We want that. And we will also order your favorite entrée. Surprise us.” After a weird glance from Cole, Adam responded, “Hey, we need to try new foods.”
Despite our misfortunes and illnesses, we’re having the time of our lives. When we’re having a bad day, someone always comes along to cheer us up, offer us free coffee, or share some great advice with us. We're livin' the dream.
This week we started to stay in hostels, hotels, and “hospedajes” (basically, extra rooms in people’s houses that are rented out to travelers) more often. Typically, we can find cheap accommodation for $10-15, which is a somewhat small price to pay for a shower, a bed, and a safe place to store equipment.
Like we said, Colombian lunches are amazing. Usually you can get a decent sized lunch for $3-5.
Reflection of the week: We miss winter… There, we said it.