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Medellin > Salento – 257km

Solento

What a brilliant day’s ride!!!

We left Medellin to begin the trek over the mountains – I reckon this road would be a high contender for the most winding road, and it just goes on and on.  Not much in the way of edge protection, one wrong decision and its a long way down.

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Some of the blogs I have read have mentioned what a hard slog it is because of the constant stream of trucks going both ways. For us today, because it is Saturday and still a holiday period, we didn’t have an overload of trucks.  Often we had to stop while one truck tried to get around a corner (they needed to go so wide and take up both lanes on the tight corners) or to pass another truck.  And people continue to pass in ridiculous places, so we usually tried to tuck in behind someone, as by ourselves we are not really considered worthy of a whole lane.

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Amazing views

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Houses just clung to the steep hillsides with skinny supports under them.  I wouldn’t want to live there, no way!!

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At the top was a whole town perched on the crest – was incredible – didn’t really manage to capture it in this photo but as you looked out from either side the land fell away very steeply.

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The delicious coffee at our coffee stop…

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…was grown on the hills opposite

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Once we were down off the mountains, the roads were great, the temps a little warm in the valleys but cooler up in the mountains, so overall perfect.  It was just a great day!!

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This one’s for you Warren

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Saw another adventure biker today, two up, there were toots and waves as we passed one another – we saw one other biker once going the other way, and that’s been about it since Mazatlan ferry in Mexico.

Salento, where we are staying, is coffee country.  This weekend, would you believe, is a fiesta weekend getting ready to celebrate the town’s birthday next week, so the place is FULL of Columbians.  There are 85 hostels in this little village and most of them are full.  We found this lovely little place – not much to look at from the outside…

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…but then you walk into this

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Went for a walk up to the square … some special rides for the kids, the men push them around the square

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The architecture

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A side street – see how steep it falls away, they are all like that on each side of the square

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100’s of people here this weekend – Salento is the 2nd most popular destination for Columbians to visit, Cartagena being the first, yet it still has a small village feel.

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Russels

3 Comments

  • Sue Adams

    What an awesome day you’ve had. That roads amazing. Better than Beartooth?
    That sign means “high beam required”? The other “low beam”?

    December 29, 2014 at 12:57 pm
  • Janet & Charlie Russel

    Hi Sue – The road was a lot different from Beartooth – we went higher, road was far windier(?), lots of trucks – but each road has its own beauty.
    Thought that might have been what the sign was about, I just wanted to put lips on it.
    Nice to hear from you.
    Janet

    December 29, 2014 at 2:25 pm
  • Warren

    Ha ha, that’s like the first one I saw in Africa. Had no idea what it was so asked an African man in a little town not far from the sign. Got a really funny answer. He asked me “was it daylight when you were seeing this sign? I said yes ” then you do not need to know the meaning of this sign. It is only at night you are needing to know the meaning of such a sign. You have a nice day sir” I had to ask another person some time later. You guys stay safe.
    Regards,
    Warren

    December 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm
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