San Gil was not the adventure capital we were hoping for. I find it to be more like a gritty town full of tourists both gringos and Colombians alike. We nonetheless enjoy our time there. Strolling in the market is becoming a habit now, eager to try out what the fondas have to offer. Suffice to say, we skipped all the touristy stuff and instead fatten a bit for the upcoming ride.
Speaking of ride, our aim is to head over to El Cocuy National Park. One of the several Nevados of Colombia. We have not seen any snow-capped mountains for ages so we’re a bit giddy again just with the thought of it. Also, the backpacks we are lugging around want some taste of the action too. They lay dormant deep in our dry bags for a while now. Luckily, they pack really well.
Our second camera, an Olympus E-M5, decides to have no part of more dirt road excursions in South America. And die sooner than expected. I’ve been eyeing to switch to a Sony A6000 for some time now. It was perfect timing as it is on sale here, a brand new one cost the same as a used one in the U.S. While I wait for the camera to arrive, I take the opportunity to convert our tires back to tubeless. Ghetto tubeless that is. Thanks in part to the kind owner of Devoradores Bike Store for letting me use their air compressor buy some of their surplus Stans sealant. I did take that chance to align the wheels a bit too. Not that I know how to build and lace the wheels from scratch.
Two days in San Gil became three, then four, and then five. Everyday, I pay the hostel owner for another night’s stay. She must be wondering what our plans were after the fifth day. So finally when the delivery guy came knocking in the hostel with our parcel, we know it is time to go.
Our route: San Gil – Mogotes – San Joaquin – Onzaga – Soata – Boavita – La Uvita – San Mateo – Guacamayas – Panqueba – El Cocuy
You can check the gpx track here.