A much needed break from the heavy climbing. Today I follow the Cauca valley for 240 km on a hilly road. It’s a public holiday here and there are plenty of cyclists around. I’m surprised how little traffic there is as I’m riding around Cali, Colombia’s third largest city. In the evening I’m back to climbing but the day still felt like a nice recovery. Just when it gets dark I reach a little village and am surprised by police everywhere. Apparently, they were chasing the drug cartels here in the area.