Day 345 – A long day to San Agustin

Posted by on July 29, 2014

Day 345 / Timana-San Agustin, Colombia / 35 miles (Total 8340)

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My aunt Sharon always reminded me to stop and smell the flowers on my first tour. Well aunt Sharon, I stop to smell the flowers and to pet the puppy’s. Always taking my time to enjoy the day.

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I would call him ET if he was mine and make a special handlebar bag for him and we would tour the world together – Just a thought. His little butt was wagging so fast that he couldn’t walk a straight line.

We packed up the tents and had another early morning start. The sun just started to rise as we hit the asphalt for another great day in Colombia. Today I was in no hurry to get to San Agustin, so I rode slow all day and enjoyed the views. Marko and Anja pulled ahead and I wouldn’t see them for the rest of the day. San Agustin is a small tourist town with plenty of things to do and see. I wasn’t to worried about getting into town late. After some research I found out the town is full of hotels and places to camp.

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A very nice family that chatted with me during my lunch break. When I run out of Spanish I will show some photos on the road. They were amazed at the Redwood forest. I asked for a photo and the daughter ran in the house to gather everyone in the family.

As I made my way out of the town where we stayed, I turned off the Gps and turned on the music. Today would be filled with the usual hill climbing and heat, so I poked along and made plenty of stops throughout the day.

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Random photo to my right.

The higher I climbed today the more intense the views became. Some spots had me fighting to leave. I wanted to throw the tent up at so many places and relax the day away. My saddlebags were empty of food and I was running out of water, so I kept climbing towards San Agustin. With my gps turned off I really have no clue how much elevation I climbed today, but I would guess around another 3000 ft. The road was nice for the entire day. Only a few stretches where the road was a challenge with a steep grade.

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Coming down a hill and the view opened up to this! Speechless. I don’t think views get any better than this.

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The start of the hill climb to San Agustin.

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Seeing a face in the rock. It might be the altitude getting to me or maybe i’m just starting to lose my marbles

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The hill kept climbing and the views keep getting better.

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No guard rail and a long ways down.

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Still climbing

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I can’t even imagine the work involved in making this road. Looking back

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Almost into San Agustin and I took a long break here. Very little traffic today and a picture perfect view.

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Waterfalls far off in the distance. What a great ride today. Hard, but well worth it.

It started to get late in the day, so I made my finale push into San Agustin. As I rolled into town around 4:00 pm, dark storm clouds covered the town and an intense downpour started. All the camping was on the opposite end of town. A few kilometers away and all up a very steep side road. Most of the campgrounds charge around 10,000 pesos, so I took a long shot to see how much a hotel room was. The first hotel I looked into was amazing and probably out of my budget. I walked in soaking wet and the lady behind the counter grabbed me a hot coffee to warm up. She told me a room was 20,000 pesos and that was too much for a long stay in San Agustin. I finished my coffee and thanked her and started to walk outside. The lady followed me out and saw my bike. She asked how long I have been riding for and I told her 11 months on the road. She smiled and offered a room for 15,000. Then a nice elderly man came out of the hotel, gave me 3,000 pesos and told me to get the room for 12,000. I couldn’t pass that up. A very nice room with a private bathroom and a hot shower for $6.00. I ended up getting even a better deal for staying a few days. Ended up paying $20.00 for 4 nights. Glad I picked this hotel, every night around 7:00 pm it would start down pouring rain and wouldn’t stop for hours. Time to relax and do a little sightseeing.

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The last push into San Agustin and I’m ready for a couple of days off the bike.


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  1. Terry Nelson

    The people in Columbia sound a lot nicer than I had expected. I’m glad to hear that you’re not meeting those other people. Beautiful photos again! Enjoy your nice room and another break. You’re missing some beautiful weather back here in Minnesota, but it doesn’t look anything like what you’re seeing. We’re lucky that you are sharing the views and encounters on your journey. Thanks again