Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Just a short post today. We spent the night in Pintada after an 8 hour drive from Cali. It was late afternoon by the time we reached Pintada, and it wasn't safe to cross the mountains at night on the way to Medellin. So, I took advantage of the opportunity today and rode up to Jerico. Several friends in Medellin had suggested the 22km climb over the past few months. Jerico is noted for its mid-teen gradients.  

The climb is very enjoyable. The road is quiet with very little traffic. I wasn't sure what to expect at the top, but the town of Jerico is quite impressive. Its an old colonial town with a lot of color.

We drove back to Medellin late today. The pass (Alto de Minas) was full of trucks and we actually got caught in an Andean traffic jam. It took us about 1 hour to move 10km. The problem was too many trucks travelling in both directions trying to maneuver around the tight bends. 

Our hotel pool and views (above and below).

Waiting for oncoming trucks to pass on Alto de Minas.

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