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Old 02-09-2012, 05:28 AM   #2236
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how would you rate the trip so far relative to your expectations when you set out - about what you expected or off the charts (all things considered)?
Chris,

The trip has been great! I had traveled around the world 25 years ago, so I kind of had a feel for what to expect. It is an adventure, so it does not go according to how you expect But that is one of the great things about this type of travel.

As i was riding yesterday, I was thinking how much I love being on my bike!! But the adventure is much more than this. The people you connect with, sights you see, and all the other moments on the road are amazing. As I have said before long term travel is not for everyone.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:35 AM   #2237
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I have another question what did you bring that you didn't need and what do you wish you had brought? I know I need a tent and a bag of rice.
The costs are the costs. You can do it for less depending on your bike, and how much rice you bring

I am continually going through my gear and have got rid of some odds and ends, but feel good about the things I brought.

1) I do have an extra chain which probably did not need to carry, but never found a small section of chain to bring with links instead.

2) Carried a tire through Mexico and that was a waste of energy packing and unpacking it (just ask Sam if I complained ).

3) I did not bring a tent or stove through the Mexico/Central America and was glad I did not. Might need one further south. (but I do have a sleeping bag for emergency camping, but have not used it once)

4) do have an extra 2 Gal gas can .... But have not needed it yet. Expect I will in Bolivia/maybe Peru or Argentina.

Specific Moto parts can be hard to get on the road, but many other things you can improvise and buy along the way. Packing lighter is a good thing.
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Old 02-09-2012, 05:51 AM   #2238
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Antarctica

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I will exclude the trip to Antarctica as that is a very expensive part of the trip, but one that I am going to do once I reach Ushaia.
Glad to hear it's still part of your plans.
I know it's supposed to be about the "journey" and not the destination,,,
But,,,,,,, I'm really looking forward to Antarctica.
Thanks for taking us along.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:07 AM   #2239
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February 7 & 8 Villa de Leyva then to Zipaquira and the Salt Cathedral

Had a relaxing time in Villa de Leyva. Nice food here!





Met this guy who was riding his bike back to Argentina!!



His new Googles


explored a bit of town, and also spent some time on the internet researching some future plans.



Lots of wool ponchos appearing on the locals.



Time for some people watching....







Welcome to my office



Later in the day ..... Wow. The skies opened up. Fortunately the woman who ran the hotel had thoughtfully covered our bikes up.



The water was really coming down. Making rivers in the street....and the main plaza.







Glad we were not riding in this Just relaxing in town.



James messing around in the ice cream shop. The wooden Indian would not share his ice cream cone!



The next morning. The 8th. The sun was out...



As we were packing up Travis (I think) had a Iron Horse BMW hat. He is from Arizona and has been riding his bike in Russia, South Korea, and into northern Africa before he could not get some visa's he needed. So he flew to Columbia to check it out!





Leaving town.



Leaving Villa de Leyva we decided to check out some of the local tourist sights... There maps and directions left a good deal to be desired, so we finally headed the 70 miles to Zipaquira to check out the Salt Cathedral.



We road but a large Parque that had a small ceremony going on.....





Arrived at the Salt mine at around 1:30 and had heard that it was interesting.



Heading into the salt mine to check it out.



They like their lights here!



The Salt Cathedral is a series of Crosses dug out of the salt mine. there are 13 of them and then the Cathedral. They are all lighted and change colors...



They are huge. Cannot tell by the stand alone photos.









Too many photos to share.



Hey my knee is better. This is really cool!



This is way down in the mine overlooking the main cathedral. It holds 8500 People on Sundays.



Another chamber. See how small I am.



Huge columns in the main Cathedral.





Side room.



was a very cool thing to see.



There were also some cool carvings that they were working on.





we decided to stay in Zipaquira which is a small town. Had a good hotel, but not much going on in town except Clothes and shoe shops.



fresh Mango stands that sell you Mango pieces ....



They also have Cel phone rentals. The phones all have long chains so you do not run off!



They also had tons of Cel phone covers of every shape and size!!



Stayed here.



Main square.





out back in the hotel was an old bike and a Harley Fairing. Interesting



James cannot pass up some ice cream!!



Local police bike.....

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Old 02-09-2012, 10:55 AM   #2240
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Good stuff, Mark!!

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Old 02-09-2012, 11:06 AM   #2241
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Hey my knee is better. This is really cool!



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I've missed these shots!
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:52 PM   #2242
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I guess you can stand around a pillar of salt and not become one - because you're in a cathedral?



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Old 02-09-2012, 05:21 PM   #2243
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I'm really, really enjoying your RR! I have a question, Do you ever attend any of the church services during your travels and if you do what are your thoughts.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:26 PM   #2244
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WOW what an incredible place. I bet there was a wonderful sense of peace there.

I like this, the swirls in the ceiling are incredible.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:48 AM   #2245
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Mark, I follow along as often as possible. You are enjoying a trip many of us dream of. As many have said in one way or another, "Thanks for sharing the experience!"
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Old 02-10-2012, 01:43 PM   #2246
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Do you ever attend any of the church services during your travels and if you do what are your thoughts.
I have on my travels in the past, but not in the Spanish speaking countries as I cannot interact enough or understand. And most of the time I really do not know what day it is.
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Old 02-10-2012, 03:15 PM   #2247
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How is your Spanish coming along? I know that you spent a couple of weeks in school and I'm wondering if you finding it any easier to communicate.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:14 PM   #2248
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How is your Spanish coming along? I know that you spent a couple of weeks in school and I'm wondering if you finding it any easier to communicate.
Two weeks of spanish class does not make me fluent, but I can get a room, buy gas, order food, answer questions?, where are you from?, where are you going?, How much does the bike cost?.... So I get by. Directions are difficult or complex questions .... either end up in charades or and smiles but no understanding.

More schooling would be really good.
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Old 02-10-2012, 05:59 PM   #2249
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What a great thread!

This pic caught my eye. Ford Meterbox was started and is to this day operated by my extended family in Wabash.

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Are you still working on it, do have a course of study? I think this would be the most frustrating part of the trip having so many questions and not being able to communicate them.
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