Casa de ciclista, San Antonio de Prado

17.5.21. Well I arrive here and Manuel shows me around the fantastic place. Again, it’s a place I love, this area is so great. Lots of fantastic routes with amazing views. I can’t explain how good the routes and beautifull views are in this area. Manuel and Marta have a bike shop in Prado with lots of spares and excellent mechanics. There’s a workshop at casa de ciclista with all the tools you need. I serviced my hub bearings with help from Manuel and he showed me how to remove my front chainrings and check the bottom bracket. The accommodation is great and a fully functional kitchen with everything you need. WiFi on site and a shop next door with everything you need. I could live here and end up staying 6 weeks due to the land borders still being closed with covid 19. Manuel is a great character and very funny, and Marta just goes out of her way to help you with anything you need. Next door lives Marcel and Diana and every Friday night he makes delicious pizzas in the outside oven at casa de ciclista. I could go on for ages but I’ll let the photos talk.

Great meal before leaving, Manuel and Marta on the left and Norberto the mechanic from Argentina and Brad who’s cycling around Colombia.

Medellín to San Antonio de Prado

3.5.21. only 12ml. Well I received a reply from warm shower host Luiz and call in for a night before going to stay at Manuel & Marta’s casa de ciclista. When I arrive I receive a warm welcome from Edith and Sofia who are preparing the lovely casita where I will sleep. Well I enjoy it so much at the house of Luiz and Edith that I stay an unexpected 2wks. Beautiful garden with lots of birds and Luiz grows Bonsai trees and cactus. A fantastic place. A big family and too many names to mention but really kind and friendly family and I loved staying here. Thanks Luiz and Edith.

Luis and family
Many varieties of birds in the garden

La Ceja to Medellín

26.4.21. 25ml. 200m straight up from leaving La Ceja. Stopped for a coffee and cake on the way and the lovely lady owner wouldn’t take any money. Colombianos are so kind and friendly. After the 2nd climb it was 11kms all the way down to the center of medellín. I stayed in the center nr parque de Boston for 2 nights then I could visit the museo de memoria and experience the central area. Then 2 nights in El Poblado, a bit expensive here due to it being a little touristic but a very nice safe area. Then 2 nights in Laureles where I met Oliver, from Slovenia, and carlito who is walking all the way from Argentina to Alaska. A fantastic journey he’s having and I loved listening to his stories.