Back in the saddle

I am finally getting into the groove again. I rode over 100 km today. I know that isn´t much for a cyclist (it is just over 50 miles). But for a while there I thought I would never get the muscles working. Many people routinely go over 100 miles, and even 200 in a day. I have done well over 100 miles several times, but that was in northern Scotland, where you had sunlight from 4:00 am to 11:00 pm. Here I am lucky if I get 8 hours of riding time due to the short days.

I have been alternating free camping (where I can find a spot to pitch my tent) and hotels. It is a bit cold to be camping every night. When I get up it is still dark and between 3-6 deg C which is just above freezing. And by the way, Uruguay is dirt cheap. My hotel tonight, for example, is $10. It´s not the Ritz but it is OK.

Here´s a few pix: This was taken on the first couple days when I got lost on a back road and pedaled all day in circles.

Here is a typical nice street in the town of Colonia. They seem to spend a lot of time manicuring their trees.

There are a lot of cows in Uruguay (and a lot of cowboys too I assume). wonder if they have seen Brokeback Mountain.

Finally, this last one was taken today after my 102 km ride. I am in the town of Mercedes and after a shower I went exploring the town. I stopped in a pizza place and asked for a beer. I did not specify the size so obviously they assumed I wanted the LARGE one.

5 thoughts on “Back in the saddle

  1. Nicole August 31, 2007 / 9:25 pm

    Hey Kev,
    Glad you’re back in saddle. Too bad there wasn’t some way to send you some extras (such as Back Pain medicine or wool underware), but I know how you like to suffer for your craft.

    I bet the town of Colonia is beautiful in the spring and summer months.

    Do you really think you should be drinking beer? I mean, adding extra weight can make it harder to peddle. It’s just an observation…LOL.

  2. Shion September 1, 2007 / 12:57 am

    Hmm, you don’t seem to be in protest mode over the size at all 🙂

  3. Katrina September 2, 2007 / 3:22 am

    Can you put the date on the blog when you post it? Are you eating some good food?

  4. kkoski44 September 2, 2007 / 9:34 pm

    The date of the comment is posted at the bottom of the message. As far as food, see the latest comment.

  5. Alibuc September 2, 2007 / 9:48 pm

    Just logged into your blog, awesome adventure, will look forward to following your progress over the coming months.
    Stay healthy and safe.


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