July 30th, 2015
Puyo to Tena
Start 7.20 and finish 3pm
Total Time – 4.28hrs
Distance – 81kms
Average – 18.1kms/hr
Max – 66.9kms/hr
It was enjoyable riding today with rolling hills for 40 odd kilometers until Santa Clara then flat with 3 sneaky hills at the end just before Tena. The rolling hills were just enough to make you play with your gears but nothing much, however, the 3 hills at end saw us back in the granny gears. The road alternated between having a shoulder and not having one depending on the section and while the scenery wasn’t spectacular it was pretty enough and made for just a good ride overall with plenty of butterflies, snails and friendly people to stop and take pictures of along the way.
It rained all morning out of Puyo and at one point got so bad we had to stop and shelter under the roof of a corner store owned by the most miserable man we have met on our trip so far. He even charged us 5 cents for cups after buying a drink from him. As soon as the rain stopped we flicked him the finger then pedalled off and by late morning we had perfect weather with just heat and humidity and clouds.
We arrived in Puerto Napo in the early afternoon but Haley’s friend was no where to be seen and with a big storm approaching we left in a useless attempt to get the final 8kms to Tena before it hit.
We should have stayed put as the storm caught us on the road and we got drenched making it a cold and wet entry into town up the final hill. After much looking around we finally found accommodation for $12 a night each. The owner was nice enough to start with then got upset and sooky after we asked for a discount if we stayed 3 nights, he then deliberately spoke fast and mumbled so we couldn’t understand him which just increased his frustration at us. It was then our turn to get frustrated at him after learning we had to pre book the hot water and that Internet didn’t work in our rooms. We also learnt that the other rooms of the hostel were probably empty as every time you left and wanted to get back inside you had to go find him in his photo shop next door and get him to unlock the door for you rather than just giving you a key so you can come and go as you please. It felt like living at home again and having your overprotective Dad checking up on you so I wouldn’t recommend staying here if you can avoid it.
It was a sad last day riding as I don’t want to finish riding and go home yet but I loved the ride so it was nice to finish on a positive at least. As much as I like Chris and enjoy traveling with him I’m glad he took off ahead all day and I finally got to ride with just Haley and Noel like I wanted. It seems weird that after 60 days and 2700kms I wouldn’t be riding my bike anymore or continuing further into the Amazon with them but I have loved the adventure and am glad I got to spend it with such great people.