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Old 12-30-2012, 02:46 PM   #691
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Great photos from amazing places through a extraordinary rides!

Respect! Very inspiring for me
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Old 12-30-2012, 03:57 PM   #692
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Incredible !!!! That's absolutley top notch and you've got the magic eye for photography. Love the elusive Tenere just wish they would sell it here
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Old 12-31-2012, 10:24 AM   #693
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leaving la grita Ryan got knocked off his bike in a gas station - no photos - he is sitting off to one side when a big ford truck with a fat guy driving and a fat women in the passenger seat are next inline for the pump after us, he has NO WHERE to go but starts his truck and drives about one foot forward for no reason, his bumper hits ryan panniers and knocks him over...he then says he didn't do it!!!

a guy comes out and screams a bunch of spanish at him and he drives off...i got the translation from the guy (gas station owner i think) i told to get the fuck out of here, he complained that he had been in line for over an hour,

the response "you are a fat fucking Chavez loving mother fucking bastard and you will never buy gas here again for the rest of your life!!!"

we got an apology from everyone in the gas station and got our gas all 18 cents of it to fill up both the bikes and rode off...not a good start to the day but it got better in minutes

the ride out to San Cristobel thru the mountains is spectacular

loads of little farms dotting the hillsides, mainly growing roses

the day ended in this biker owned hotel just a short distance for a run to the border in the morning

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Old 12-31-2012, 01:27 PM   #694
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leaving the hotel in the morning there was a good selection of bikes, cruisers, tourers, small bikes and big bikes

first order of business get some gas - easy right? wrong!

the closer you get to the border the gas is regulated, you cannot just pull and fill your bike, the country/ state issues a sticker that is read at the pump so it won't turn on if there's nothing to read...screwed, right? wrong!

there is always a away, gas on the west side of the country is even cheaper, never thought it was possible, but its around 6 cents a liter, YES 6 CENTS A what you do is wait for a car to pull up, there sticker activates the pump, he fills his car and then the attendent pull the nossle out of the car, gas still pouring out all over the floor and drags it over to you bike and then fills your bike, oh and covers whatever is in the way with gas!!!

no photos of this but it is funny to that gas has no value at all really and the guy who's sticker i used paid for my gas and his and all the gas all over the floor and smiled and shook my hand and wished me farewell...

onto the border to columbia, you need 90 VZ bolivars ($6) to leave the country, easy, then head over the photos here either so picture this

the bridge is four lanes wide, traffic standing still in both directions, bikes alternating directions in the middle playing chicken with each other for the 300 yards or so to cross the bridge, absolute chaos!!!

immigration is on the right as you cross the bridge on the road to Cucuta, you could ride straight thru no one tried to stop me at all, no barriers, guards...nothing...

as soon as i get off the bike a VZ guy comes up and starts talking in English to us, first thought, FIXER, nope just a fellow bike rider, he points out where we need to go and the line has about 1000 people in it, we park the bikes while he went back to the line, as we walk back he is inline with his girlfriend near the back, we join them, he asks people all around if they mind, he tells them we are friends and shows people photos of his bike as proof.

we stand in line for about one hour and when we get to the front one of the immigration guys comes out and tells us to go to the back of the line, we argue and refuse, he shouts at me in spanish, i shout at him in English, (what for he doesn't understand, but it felt good) then one person inline realizes i know he is saying we pushed in line, and they speak good English, he said let me translate and starts screaming at the immigration guy that we had been inline for at least one hour and tourists should not be treated like this they are here to spend money in our country...with that every person in the line starts shouting at this one guy to stamp our passports, about 1000 people shouting at the top of there voices, can you picture that???

it was outrageously loud and two minutes later he had to back down as people were now refusing to get there columbian passports stamped so the whole place was at a stand still, once he agreed to stamp us in everyone started cheering and wanted to shake our hands, even him the little fat immigration guy... mob justice prevails

so when we leave the columbian welcome sign appeared almost too soon for me to photo...welcome to Columbia and what a welcome is was, craziest border i have ever done, and according to lots of people this is a quiet border on most days.


so is it different once you cross?

no they still have big packages on the bikes, crossing from country to country and back, depends on who has the cheapest price!!!

we got away from the border and the border town of Cucuta, coming up a hill BBQ smells filled the air and we stopped for pork ribs, all of them that the guy had on his fire, he was very happy, and so were we...but he was so happy he wanted a photo of his baby on my bike to show his friends that two gringos just rode up and bought him out!!!

the baby seemed very happy about it too

so after being at the border and eating it was already afternoon we rode some more mountain roads and saw a town called Pamplona, like the running of the bulls town in Spain, we headed there

it had a good vibe so we decided to stay here for new years...everyone seems very friendly the dogs pose for photos as well what more could you need to end the year...we'll find out

i was a little late grabbing the camera here...super hot chick with a poodle between her legs on a moped, life is certainly different here

they hide my bike with the laundry

some people should know they make scary shadows at were running and she couldn't work out why!

the next morning for breakfast we head to the local pasterie shop and see this, mood cakes

translated into English and ADV

carino - affection -

delicia - delight -

emocion - emotion -

felicidad - happiness -

tentacion - temptation -

pureza - purity -

sensacion - sensation -

imaginación - immagination -

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Old 12-31-2012, 03:55 PM   #695
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:01 PM   #696
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:25 PM   #697
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The Cucuta crossing gave me my evening laugh. Mob justice indeed.

Hell of a great RR rtwpaul.

Happy New Year! Mine will be spent at home online.

This fella, about my age, is a dead ringer for Walter, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's grouchy old man puppet.

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Old 01-01-2013, 05:34 AM   #698
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Happy New Year

Really enjoy the regular updates on your RR. Have been subscribed for a long time. Regarding the fat guy that the attendant screamed at - He missed the word LAZY FF. Just saying.

Have a great day. YK.

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Old 01-01-2013, 09:02 AM   #699
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Gidday Paul, safe travels and thanks for taking the time to share

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:32 AM   #700
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Happy New Year amigo!

Interesting to see familiar stomping ground through a different eye (and your great photo-skills!). Sad to see you missed a lot of good dirt roads due to the rains. Hopefully you managed to ride from Pamplona to the Sierra Nevada del Cocuy NP and through the park itself as they are great roads with beautiful views.

The asshole immigration officer was on the Venezuelan side or the Colombian side? (the first I would expect, the second would be a first for me).

That border is a free transit area, you can get a Venezuelan vehicle up to Pamplona without any need of papers (passport or TVIP) on the Venezuelan side, Colombian vehicles can circulate around San Antonio del Tachira without problems.

It is normally a very straight forward border crossing, about 45 minutes to 1 hour for everything. Traffic is never light, but you where there in peak season. The thing is that a LOT (a LOT) of Colombians work in Venezuela and go back home in the holidays, so during Christmas, Easter and Carnival holidays it is packed and will take a lot longer. The border crossing in La Guajira (the one you entered Venezuela through) is waaaaaaay worse.

Glad your buddie's tip-over was just that and no harm was really done... I'll take a hundred of those and trade them for my off any time

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:27 AM   #701
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Originally Posted by OldPete View Post

This fella, about my age, is a dead ringer for Walter, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham's grouchy old man puppet.

never thought about that, but yes he is, almost exactly, a real life twin
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:05 PM   #702
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pamplona was strange for New Years, people were walking around but not many of them, the main square was dead and there was no signs that anything was going to happen, no vendors, no people partying, the few bars in town were literally empty...very strange so it was a non event, we expected fireworks going off all night and it didn't happen....

anyhow here is how the square looked in the morning, no a single sign of life or a crazy party from the night before

within minutes of leaving we we high in the Andes again at 11,000 feet, it was freezing, multiple layers required then the worst thing happened, on a bend Ryan was behind me his rear wheel let go on black ice, BLACK ICE in columbia...what was to blame besides the black ice, i would say the Heideneau tires, they have such a hard compound, i know he is not the first to go down in a situation like this, i saw him go in my mirror, as i turn my bike around he was already up surrounded by a group of locals who had a tienda on the corner he was taking

they ran to help but sometimes this isn't the best thing, they grab whatever to lift the bike and can cause more damage unknowingly just trying to help, same goes for being picked up by them, luckily it was not a bad fall for him, around 30 mph and the hard cases took most of the fall, his left ankle took the rest, so now he is the own of a nice big bruise and a limp for a week or so

not more than 5 miles later the road was bone dry, and ran in and out of villages and up and down mountainsides, the fog came and went a few times due to elevation

heading down thru the mountain valley we spot Bucaramanaga, one of Columbias biggest cities and we are hading into it around midday

times of doing this in Columbia are short lived, overtaking over a double yellow, no overtaking sign and a cop car right there, Ryan was lucky he was looking the other way...columbian police are very sharp nowadays and have no problems issuing tickets at all

we had been told about a little town called Cepita, as Ryan was having problems with his ankle swelling he could only stand up on the pegs for very short times so it seemed our original destination of El Cocuy national park was off, we had been told there was a hostal down in the valley but we struggled to find the road to get down there

after talking to a local, he told me the original road had been washed away and there was a new road, it was not on garmin maps, OSM maps, paper maps, we got directions and headed out to find it in the direction we had come from twice already

some 15km's from where we thought it was we found the sign

the next sign showed 12 km to the town down a steep dirt road with a 2000 foot drop to the left, very similar to death raod kind of drop, very sheer, no barriers, but nowhere near as much traffic as the town only has 361 inhabitants

the ride down is nothing short of spectacular, one of the deepest canyons on the planet you can drive to the bottom of it is a must see if you are near here and can find the road

we found a place to stay - Hostal Cepita, for $8

the town had had its annual celebration a few days before, missed again

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Ryan had his helmet camera on for once so i dicked around with my new favorite toy imovies and here is a video of the ride down last night


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Old 01-02-2013, 04:10 PM   #704
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I don't want to turn your wonderful thread into a debate about Malaria because there are plenty of those around. I have done my research and will make my own decision.

But as a rider planning a South America trip I'm curious from the perspective of one who is traveling as much as you.
Have you or are you planning to take Malaria meds prophylactically? I have read ride reports from others who took insect precautions only. Just trying to get a feel for what other riders are doing.

Oh, and Happy New Year!
Loving the Venezuela stuff
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the ride down is nothing short of spectacular, one of the deepest canyons on the planet you can drive to the bottom of it is a must see if you are near here and can find the road
You wouldn't happen to have the coords for that road would ya?
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