It might all be pavement from here until Mocoa, somewhere south near the Colombia-Ecuador border. Luckily, we found some riding buddies for the next chapter of our ride. Some amigos are a nice welcome addition to make for a fun ride and take the edge off the anticipated boredom that pavement brings. Plus we are excited to share the road once more with other two-wheel travelers. Come to think of it, we have not ridden with another soul since Costa Rica.
There’s actually a dirt route connecting Salento to Ibague. I admit to play some sleight of hands when I asked them to come along with us and then mentioning it’ll be some dirt road fun after they agreed. The two, Raimon and Bernardo, gamely said yes nonetheless. So we live to ride dirt another day once and for all and this time as a group of four.
The group blew apart as soon as we left the outskirt of Salento mostly because of the initial 20km gradual climb. But no pressure as Dang and Raimon patiently waited for us on top albeit on freezing ass.
Luckily, we opted for this route. We could hear from our vantage point the revving engines of trucks on the other side of the valley. Simply put, that road on the other side is busy. We arrived in Ibague before sundown, showered all the dirt for the last couple of days and ended the day with a round of beer.
Our route: Salento – Toche – Ibague
If you’re a more visual hombre, you can view the GPS track here.