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Old 02-01-2012, 08:31 PM   #2176
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That's great and made me smile because every time you look at it you'll be reminded that I am watching ..... and you know what to do.

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Old 02-01-2012, 08:36 PM   #2177
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That's great and made me smile because every time you look at it you'll be reminded that I am watching ..... and you know what to do.

Hey Bug Sister, aren't you glad he didn't put it on the windshield?
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:19 AM   #2178
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Hello Radioman.

Just want to say i've just caught up with your RR and loving all of it. It was killing me all the ColUmbia and i thought maybe it was an ongoing inside joke that i missed but am glad it is all straightened out.

Cheers to you and i look forward to the adventures ahead.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:06 AM   #2179
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Hey Bug Sister, aren't you glad he didn't put it on the windshield?
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Old 02-02-2012, 11:49 AM   #2180
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Pickle, you are just wishing I was riding on the front of a windshield. Isn't the front of a sidebox good enough. Give it a few weeks and I'll be that sticker is mighty dirty and bug splattered.


About the Columbia/Colombia thing......those of us in the Pacific Northwest have taught our fingers how to spell Columbia because of that big river that runs thought the region and then there is always the Columbia basin in the area as well. It's hard to teach old fingers new tricks.
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Old 02-02-2012, 02:10 PM   #2181
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February 1st El Giron to Barichara

View from the hotel in El Giron.



Then back out riding. This is the road just south of Bucaramanga. Kind of says it all.





Great road to ride up this valley to the top of the hill!



Small glimpse of the view from the top.



Arrived into this cool town into Barichari which is a beautiful small colonial town.



James messing around.



Ipad out trying to find internet connection.







Painting of the town.





Staying in this little town for a few days!!
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Old 02-02-2012, 04:42 PM   #2182
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Just read this thread straight through in 2 days. Ah, Mark, you are such an inspiration. You have such a wonderful positive outlook. Today is the 365-day-mark looking ahead to the beginning of my RTW and all I can do is look up to you. You're doing this so right. You're doing it all right, bro.

At life, you win.
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Old 02-02-2012, 06:28 PM   #2183
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Sure looking forward to learning and seeing more pictures of the town since you are spending a couple days there.

Like the Ladybug said, take it a little easy, slow down, enjoy. Seems you are doing just as you were told. Enjoy yourself, as we will get to when you share, more storys and pictures.
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Old 02-03-2012, 06:06 AM   #2184
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Way to go! I 've read this thread within 2 days!
We 're following you spiritually! Keep on!

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Old 02-03-2012, 12:12 PM   #2185
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Just checking in Mark... AWESOME Columbia appears to be everything I imaged it to be.

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Old 02-03-2012, 05:19 PM   #2186
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Mark,

Read almost everything you have posted, amazing and sending whatever wishes are needed on the anniversary. One question, how is your Ipad to travel with? Better than a mini?

Always riding with you in spirit.
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Old 02-04-2012, 08:45 AM   #2187
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One question, how is your Ipad to travel with? Better than a mini?
I actually carry my ipad for reading books, lonely planet guides and skyping with family (and sort of a back up). It is great for this, but I did not want to just carry this. So I have a 13" MB pro for all my video, photos, posting etc. and a back up HD as well.
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:27 AM   #2188
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February 2-3rd. Barichara, Colombia

It has been great riding through Colombia. We arrived in the quaint town of Barichara, and was one of those places that needs a few days to just enjoy. It is not like there are tons of things to go do or see, but a place to just enjoy the people and the views! Slow down and smell the flowers

The main plaza has a cathedral.



and lots of "wobblestones" . These cobblestones are much bigger than other towns.



Interesting architecture and great to just wander around and look. Not too many Gringos here..... so it is time to relax.







great views











Had to laugh at this iron water cover...... Was produced in Wabash, IN which is very near to where my brother in Law lives.....



Couple other churches up the hill.





Catching daily life, as this guy delivered milk to the locals. One Ladle at a time.



I got up at 6am and took the walk to Guane. It is a 9 KM walk from Barichara down to Guane. Felt like the movie "The Way".





The walk takes you down the hill on large stones through the countryside to a really great view.



Past family "Fincas"



Few animals also on the trail.





The town of Guane is small, but cool.



Main church









And like many of the Catholic churches, they have large paintings or Statues and representations of the Crucifixion.



Had a nice breakfast in town.



Once in Guane, I took a "taxi" back up to Barichara.



It was funny as I got in, it would not start, but locals pushed the taxi.... and compression started it.. off we went All part of the adventure.



Made it back up to Barichara....



Water is collected overhead for use in the town. Not too many places have hot water .... But the weather is nice and warm.



Had a great dinner here!



and also at Greengos Restaurant where we met Nico and Mary! They served up some really great pizza. James was really happy as there are a couple of Vegetarian restaurants in town.



Also found an interent Cafe as not of the hotels seem to have WIFI. The owner Javier was great!!



Dinner again at Greengoes.



Did check on my bike and my rear tire which I set up to be "tubeless"..... But something happened and it has been going flat. Talked with Woody's Wheel works, and they have never had a set come back. Not sure what happened, but looks like I will have to ride into Bogota to get a rear tube... will then take a look. It is all part of trip like this as bike maintenance and issues do come up.



Having a great few days off here!! That is the part of this travel that takes time to embrace. I have made the decision to not ride to Ushaia until December.... so I have time to explore
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:50 AM   #2189
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Mark, after some hectic times it seems like you are taking the time to relax, I can feel it in your posts. Good for you. Beautiful pictures. Colombia looks like a wonderful country despite what the US news stations make it out to be...Enjoy, be safe
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Old 02-04-2012, 09:54 AM   #2190
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That last group of pictures - it must strike you that, except for the cars, you could be 200 years in the past.
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