I left Salento on the same curvy access road I came in on, this time with even more people on road bikes since it was a gorgeous sunny Sunday morning. I headed straight down the highway to Cali, passing through Armenia to Buga, where I briefly considered stopping for the evening. But seeing as it was just barely 2pm and the only thing I had in my sights was a hostel someone had recommended, I decided I'd keep moving and make more distance for the day. I made my way to Cali and checked into a hotel - after the social whirlwind that Salento had been, I needed a little private space and some downtime.
Downtime was the order of the day in Cali on a Sunday, as it turned out. I arrived in the afternoon and wandered out to find many things closed, so I took advantage of the mall nearby to catch the movie "Deadpool" - they had it subtitled, meaning the audio was still the original in English. Even though I loaded up on popcorn at the theater, I was still hungry afterwards, so after a little wander around town I headed out to fulfill my sushi craving. Despite Google Maps saying that the nearby place was closed down, it was open, though empty. Apparently Valentine's Day isn't celebrated there (or is celebrated much differently than the U.S.) because every restaurant had few if any people in them, whereas you'd be waiting in a line at any nice sushi place in the U.S. on that particular day.
|Sculpture in the square near my hotel.|
|Stencil art I found on the walk home.|
|I can't capture how amazing these views are when you're driving through here.|
|Ribs, plantains, fries, soup, beans, rice - for a few bucks, as usual.|
In the morning the rain was still continuing unfortunately, but I bundled up in the rain gear and got back on the road. Before the border, there was one more stop I wanted to make at Las Lajas, so I got on the road early to leave time for the border crossing. When I arrived at Las Lajas the rain had let off slightly but was still drizzling, so I wandered through still in full motorcycle rain gear. Nonetheless, the detour and hike down the steps was worth it, as the views of the Cathedral were amazing despite the clouds.
|Click for bigger to check out the waterfall to the right too.|
|Got a little snack of some fried pork and fried corn.|
I loved Colombia. I really could have easily spent another month there still without seeing all the things I wanted to. And while part of my extended stay there was waiting around for motorcycle repairs, the roads and views that followed more than made up for it. I will have to return to Colombia at some point, if for nothing else than just to find a few more curvy roads that I didn't make it to this time around.