I?d taken a few months off over winter, to spend time with family and also to make some money. Having found another trial to make more cash, the decision was made to fly home from Budapest. There was already no way of getting to all of the countries I?d been intending to before the end of summer, and so taking 6-8 weeks off to make money and start again seemed worth it. Even paying for my flight home, the amount I?d earn would mean I?d end up a fair bit ahead and I could
I?m now in Montevideo, it?s Friday evening, and after a few lovely days with HJ before she goes off backpacking again I?m in a bit of a quandary which I`ll try to explain…
I?ve got my new Manta saddle, thanks to Jon and wonderful DHL even though it turned out that at the Scottish end they forgot to put a street name or phone number on the address label so it was sent to Dominic Luther, The English Cycle Tourist, Bicycle Shop, Montevideo, Uruguay. And still made
From Corriverton to the ferry to Suriname it was only 13km and I had until 9am to cover it. I?d read about how it can be very busy, but when I got to the terminal at 7am there were only 5 other passengers. The gate closed sometime around 8:30 maybe, at which time there were about 50 passengers, not too bad. We?d been let through the quick custom check, and I went to lie down on the bench waiting for the 9am launch, which ended up happening closer to 10. As is normal for me I fell asleep
I arrived in Bogotá knowing I?d not be cycling for a little while so was happy to cycle round on my days off. Bogotá being quite bike friendly and Oscar, my host, loving to ride helped too. The highlights were going up to the local hill of Monserrate to get a great view of the city, visiting the simply amazing Museo del Oro (museum of gold) and going to a Millonarios football game. As well as that we went to the botanical gardens and rode around enjoying the ciclovía
After the US, Canada, Mexico and Guatemala, it’s time for my 5th country – Cuba. Not being from the US, I have no problems going to the country. Return tickets from Cancun to Havana are about $280, bikes have no special fee and I’m allowed 40kg (90lb) of luggage, flying with Cubana. I can get a 30 day tourist card at the airport, and it can be extended 30 days when I’m in the country for a minimal fee.
A Warmshowers host here in Cancún, Cesar, works at the airport and is