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by Dhamaka

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Day One
Struggling in the altitude (despite appearances this is also an ascent) but getting there...
Photo blogged with permission of Federico the Photographer, with whom I hope to work again

Geodyne says:

Fantastic shot. :)

It sounds like it was hard work, but a great time.

7th Aug 2008, 15:25

nige says:

that looks seriously high.

7th Aug 2008, 15:33

540air says:

Clouds? No wonder you're struggling with altitude, you should be in a plane!! ;)

7th Aug 2008, 15:35

Dhamaka says:

It was seriously, seriously high - it's training in places like this that make the Colombian cycling competitors so good

I hope to go back when properly fit and have the time to acclimatise for a day or two and see how fast I can do the steepest bit of the route then

7th Aug 2008, 15:41

PrincessJun says:

looks fantastic.

7th Aug 2008, 15:44

Dhamaka says:

Oh it was PrincessJun...Stunning, fascinating, friendly, clean, open and about as different from popular belief as anything's possible to be.

I'd like to still be there and cycling and am already thinking how I can best get back

7th Aug 2008, 15:46

540air says:

Well now I'm doing about 13 miles a day, we'll have to do some mileage :)

7th Aug 2008, 15:51

Dhamaka says:

How many miles do you think it is to your place and can you give me a way to get there away from the busy main roads?

7th Aug 2008, 16:00

taniwha says:

sounds like it was worth the hardship. Gorgeous.

7th Aug 2008, 16:00

Dhamaka says:


7th Aug 2008, 16:05

MaggieD says:

Head in the clouds ;).... another ace pic ...

7th Aug 2008, 16:07

Dhamaka says:

Federico is an excellent photographer and we worked well together (at least I think so)

It was just as well he was there, too. It took me 3 days to get fit enough to be able to take in more than the ride and the route

7th Aug 2008, 16:09

harimanjaro says:

You're back then! Glad you enjoyed it. Looks like a great place to ride.

7th Aug 2008, 16:10

Dhamaka says:

I am and it is
Next time I'll be fitter and will do more offroading. This time the road stuff was quite enough (and appropriate for the commissions I have to fulfil)

7th Aug 2008, 16:11

Spiderbaby says:

Wow! That's some serious cycling! Great shot, and good to hear how well it all went :)

7th Aug 2008, 16:12

minkey says:

Very atmospheric as well. Glad to have you back

7th Aug 2008, 17:41

Caine says:

Fantastic shot! Faved. This scared me half to death in the thumbnail, because it looked like one of my spinal x-rays - I thought you'd hurt yourself. Glad to find out how wrong I was. :)

7th Aug 2008, 19:13

540air says:

According to Google maps, it's roughly 24/25 miles from you to us. I'm sure there are cycle paths and footpaths to avoid teh traffic along the way.

8th Aug 2008, 07:54

Dhamaka says:

Spiderbaby - baptism by fire, believe me.. I didn't even have half a day for acclimatisation. But it was fantastic.

Minkey - thank you :) although I'd rather still be there and cycling

Caine - thank you but that makes me worried about you

540Air - Much shorter than I thought.... Let's organise it soon

8th Aug 2008, 11:53

JokerXL says:

Head in the clouds again D?
Pfffff kudos!

10th Aug 2008, 13:18

Dhamaka says:

Head and body young man..
and thank you

10th Aug 2008, 21:59