11.2.21. Mompoz to Landazuri.

304 miles done over 6days cycling. Day 1 45ml to El Banco. Flat route today but tough in the heat again. Steady and plenty of water stops along the way, town was a little scruffy looking on the river but the hotel was nice called JR hotel. Good panaderia next door with a good breakfast.

nice river view from El Banco

day 2, 12.2.21. 68ml. El banco to Aguachica. No drama again today, flat until last few Kms was a climb up. I didn’t bother going into town and stayed at a roadside hotel just off the exit road. Cheap and quiet and good food in the cafe 100m further back up the road.

Bridge over the river on route.

day 3. 44ml To San Alberto. Got a cloudy start today so it was cooler cycling untill dinnertime. I got to San Alberto and found a nice cheap room. It’s a nice little town and I decide to have a day off and clean the bike and change the chain.

Well a chickens foot in my soup mmm.

Day 4. 64ml to Peroles. Nothing exciting today, found a roadside petrol station that had cheap rooms so decided to stay here. Next day was more of the same, 41ml to Rio Guayabito and another roadside hotel. Road is a little dangerous to ride on when there’s no shoulder because people overtake coming towards you and you are forced to go off the road. Had my 1st puncture for a long time today too!

Off road again as people overtake coming towards you. You have to take care on some roads.

Day 6. 17.2.21. 42ml to Landazuri. I turned off on to a quieter road today heading to Landazuri. I’m starting to do some climbing now as I approach the Andes mountain range. The last 8ml is an uphill climb to the small town of Landazuri and I find my cheapest hotel so far, £3 for the night. It’s got a nice town square and I decide to take a day off as I’m feeling tired after the climb yesterday.

Road up to Landazuri.
Beautiful tree in the town plaza.

3.2.21. Cartagena to Santa Cruz de Mompoz.

169ml. This was done over 6 days. After 4 days spent in Cartagena I’m at last on the bike again. 1st day 44ml. was tough after the long layoff for 10months due to covid. 38° heat and called it a day at a roadside hotel at San Cayetano.

Assembled the bike at Cartagena airport and have a few days in a cheap room to explore.
Beautiful old town Cartagena
Hot and amazing Cartagena
On route to San Cayetano

4.2.21. Day 2, 33ml to Carmen de bolíva. Very hot again, decided to ease up a little, called it a day early due to the heat. Found a nice cheap hotel Vivrab near the town plaza and chilled out watching street artists in the square drawing.

Beautiful plaza of Carmen.

6.2.21. 30ml to San Pedro. After a day off in Carmen, I took an old road via El Salado & Canutalito. Couple of steep climbs on route up a concrete paved road and then after El salido, the route was unpaved but quiet. There had been a murder 2 wks previous with some landowner and there was a military presence around the village but everyone I came across was really friendly. It was a tough day again in the heat and I was glad to reach San Pedro central hotel.

Road to Canutalito

7.2.21. 26ml to Manangué. Wanted to try and make Mompós but the heat was getting to me and it would have been 65ml. So I found a cheap hotel here, big town on the river and and had a few beers.

Manangué sits on a nice river.
Roadside meal on route.

8.2.21. 36ml to Mompós. Steady day and what a beautiful town, I decide to take a day off again at the hostel casa Bella. A beautiful town and well worth a day off here.

On route to Mompós
Beautiful Mompós
Lots of beautiful plazas in Mompós
The scenic river path at Mompós