Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Los Llanos - a weekend bike ride

I went for a ride around the neigbourhood this weekend....350kms in two days. The 1st day I cranked out 230kms and broke my personal record of 207 kms in one day, which took me 12.5 hours of pedalling! Left Bogota at 3:30 am and made it down to Villanueva in the grassy, tropical plains at 6pm. There I spent the night at the Insuasty's, a cycling friend from Pasto and the next day I continued along the rolling/flat edge of the plains to Villavicencio, another 120kms. From there I took the bus back up to Bogota. Lost 3 kilos in 2 days....most of that would have been water though.

Well it's been a long time since I started off with one of my classic road kill shots :)
Wouldn't want to get in the way of this guy's left hook! I believe this is an anteater...oso hormigero.

Fried lizard anyone?

Fortunately this parrot stayed off the road. Wish the colours would come out better in this foto.
Nothing like fresh, juicy pineapple slices for sale on the side of the hi-way.

This is actually a common seed that we eat in Canada. Cashew...yes a seed not a nut...says wikipedia. It hangs seed down. The false fruit can be eaten....I found it a bit tart. The seed/nut would have to be roasted I think. They grow along the side of the road.

Wilfredo joined me for 30 km before going back to Villanueva for his granddaughter's 4th birthday party. Nice cool morning in the mid-twenties, after a big downpour overnight.

"Everyone has the right (to use) the hi-way" I like this because it includes both runners and cyclists.

Sweet tropical warmth, smooth pavement, light traffic, friendly natives....I'm going to miss this bicycle crazy country!

1 comment:

Aubrey Groves said...

Great road-kill shots!