October 15, 2010
Do cyclists eat to ride or ride to eat. All I know is that stopping at a cafe or bakery is an essential part of any ride. A cafe follows a bicycle ride as naturally as "c" follows "b" in the alphabet.
Kat and I pedaled into a little town in the mountains of Colombia. We spied a local cafe and ordered a cup of coffee. Many of the cafes have the large, old, stunningly beautiful Italian espresso machines.
We ordered an egg dish to go along with our coffee and I watched the woman break on egg into the same cup used for coffee and then gently cook the egg with the steam from the nozzle of this grand old espresso machine.
What she brought to the table was a masterpiece that we still dream about to this day.
Photos by Willie Weir
SIGHTS AND SOUNDS is posted every other Friday. Willie Weir is a columnist for Adventure Cyclist magazine. His books, Travels with Willie and Spokesongs, will inspire you to hit the road, and might change the way you approach bicycle travel. He lives in Seattle with his wife Kat. You can read about their adventures at http://yellowtentadventures.com.