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    Day 1.021 – A bit of pain slash pleasure (UK)

    La Pintada -> Medellín (hostal)
    Distance (km) : 78
    Time on bike : 3h 42m
    Brutto time: 09.40 – 14.30
    Avg : 21.1 km/h
    Max.speed: 58.9
    Total (km) : 41.264
    Altitude: 1.500 m
    Difficulty: 2½ of 5

    Local girls who asked for my photo. No worries, if I can get yours as well! La Pintada, Colombia.

    Distance-wise the day is perfectly manageable at just some 75 km to Medellín. But from the morning’s 400 m the road climbs up to a mountain pass at around 2.600 m and then drops down to 1.500 m in Medellín. A few hundred vertical metres up the road I manage to grab on to the back of a slow and heavily loaded truck that lets me truck surf all the way to the top. It’s faster than normal pedalling, and that makes up for the fact that my left arm got remarkably longer during the surf to the top.

    Nothing like a bit of pain slash pleasure.

    Clouds on the last pass just south of Medellín, Colombia.

    The Panamerican Hwy gets fatter all the time!

    I arrive in Medellín early afternoon, dirty and hungry. In the 1980s the metropolis was ruthlessly controlled by Pablo Escobar, the world famous narko baron that was gunned down in a final shoot-out in 1993. On a more peaceful note, the city is also home to the internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor, Fernando Botero

    Another dirty version of me...

    In El Poblado, a sort of wealthy southern suburb I check into the Kiwi-run Black Sheep Hostal that gets rave-reviews on the web. 7.50 USD ensures me a bunk bed in the house, unlimited wifi, kitchen facilities, lots of spaces to relax, int’l travellers, and a central yet quiet location in a residential area just a 10 min. walk from La Zona Rosa (the bar and entertainment area) and a 8 min. walk from the super-efficient and modern metro – undoubtedly the engineering masterpiece and proudness of the city.

    On this day..

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    2 Responses to “Day 1.021 – A bit of pain slash pleasure (UK)”

    1. carolyne Says:

      Hey Nicolai
      Dannebrog is looking a little worse for wear, hope it’s holding together ok!
      Just has to make it through another year or so, right?
      Hope you’re well. We’re having a heatwave here – almost 46 degrees yesterday – I think it was still above 40 at 6pm. It’s a little unusual, but I have no complaints 🙂
      c
      xx

    2. Nicolai Says:

      Hi Carolyne…

      The Dannebrog is still in mint – if somewhat dirty – condition! It surely has gathered a lot of dust, memories, and patina along the way, and that’s the main reason why I don’t have the heart to wash it (the other reason being lazyness).

      As you might’ve realized the flag’s become such an integral part of my whole set-up that imagining a nomadic bike life without it seems impossible by now. Like cycling with just one leg or something…

      Enjoy the heat. Hope the cats are dealing with the heatwave as well as you do!

      Love,

      Nicolai

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