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Old 02-11-2012, 02:19 PM   #151
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Wink Lets try this again, round two.. To Colombia


2/9-10/2012
I ran around getting the last few things done before departure. I figured out everything I need for the Carnet for Africa which I will send in all of my information and pictures next week once I arrive in Colombia. Feet still bothering me but at least I know what’s going on and have meds for it now. I ran all over Panama looking for a Post Office to send a package home (too much crap shaving weight and crap as I go). I finally found one but it ended up being a pain in the arse so I headed to FedEx… NOPE not a chance they wanted 200 bucks for me to ship with them… Oh well I will figure it out.
Just relaxed and walked around basically all week, doc’s orders. I heard from Clay he made it to Colombia with out to much problem and got all his bike stuff figured out and is on his way to Ecuador today. He told me that he had not gotten insurance because the permit office told him not needed, but I swear I have read on ADVRIDER that I do need it to ride in Colombia. Does anyone have first hand experience with this?


2/11/2012
I walked around one last time through Panama with a cup of coffee and stopped by a hostel where I knew another moto rider was staying who is on my boat. We talked for awhile and decided to meet back up and ride out to Puerto Lindo together. I headed back to the hostel paid my bill, packed the bike, ate some Bfast, checked over the bike, and headed out. We met up, his name is Matt and he is riding a Honda shadow 750. He is on a riding mission, rode from Florida to Panama City in a month!
He told me he didn’t know how to get out of here, no worries I got it. NOT!!! Yup I got us lost, going the opposite way, and went back over the bridge headed north!! Hahaha Finally got it figured out and made our way toward Colon. We turned off of the highway and road the coast without too much problems, people holding up sheets trying to stop us so we could give them money. But we just gassed it around them and down the road. Stopping for lunch about 15km away from our hostel, due to knowing there is nothing there to eat. As we were finishing up I saw the hostel owner riding by on his sportster. We headed out and made our way down the road, I was leading and came over this hill and blind turn. There was the owner standing next to his bike bloody… He was alright but had been coming around the turn when I bus was coming the other way in his lane; he tried to miss it but ended up locking it up and going off the road. Luckily he missed the barbwire and just hit the dirt. His bike wasn’t too bad just a little bent here and there. His knee was swollen bloody, elbows were bloody, and split his nose. Mainly he was just straight pissed swearing and yelling. We made sure he was good; he started up his bike and took off to the hostel. We met our captain and will load our bikes tomorrow afternoon.
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Old 02-11-2012, 08:11 PM   #152
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:44 AM   #153
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Sweet Fletch........glad to hear you are rolling again!
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:30 PM   #154
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Looking forward to sharing your South American Adventure

Enjoyed everything so far, you are doing a great RR.

Try and take 500-1000mg of Vitamin C per day, it will help boost your immune system, it also acts a an anti inflammatory and may help the " Gout like " symptoms.

Take Care Fletch.
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Old 02-13-2012, 08:35 AM   #155
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Thumb To colombia we go!!!! Round 2

DAY-100!!!!!
2/12/2012

I think it suits very well that today is day 100!!! I have been away from home for 100 days and honestly do not miss it and thank my lucky stars everyday that I am so lucky to do an adventure like this. Walked around for a little while this morning getting the blood flowing, as well as being anxious for the day…. (Boat loading day for the bike)
At just before noon the captain showed up and said it was game time, strip down the bikes throw all of our gear into his truck and pack a small bag for the boat trip. I started to run, I emptied my Panniers to unbolt them repacked them and threw them into truck, took off windshield, mirrors, gas tank holder, packed all my stuff up, and made a small back for carry on. Holy crap that was fast, okay okay now follow them through the village to a small pier. Wait wait!!, the first mate jumps onto my bike and we chase after the truck. We get there and I stop behind the truck. Ugh what the heck!!! The trucks backing up and the guys still on the back, I’m on a weird pitch and cannot move quickly. I blow my horn and all of the locals yell he stops within inches of me. Okay close one; they all point for me to drive out onto the pier, I ride out to the middle and stop.
We load up the boat with gear and a stove, batteries, water, and crew for the boat. They come back and grab Matt and his bike, seems very hard they aren’t used to cruisers. I wait for about 20 minutes and they come back for me. Okay heart’s pumping a little I kiss her good bye just in case and line her up with the boat. The boat is about 4 feet below the pier, we grab on lifting her up and then dropping her slowly into the boat. They point for me to sit on the bike and keep her up right as they drive out into the harbor. They want my feet on either side of the boat on the top part doing a split, legs to short… A very big man steps in I get off and he sits down and just ride my bike in the boat with me laughing out into the harbor. We get out and position the boat correctly to hook up the ropes to the bike; they tie one to the handlebars. (I wasn’t to STOKED on) and then the other to the back rack. Hoisted her up and swung her onto the boat with a little stuckage but making it. Then they slam the poor suspension down and tie her tight to the boat. The guy in charge looks up and tells me when in Colombia before riding tighten handlebars they are loose. (I really hope they didn’t strip them and I need new bars) But sweet we are on the boat done finished. There is nothing like the feeling of handing over your permit, passport, all of your gear, your bike, and 750 cash... ugh what!!! I really hope the boats there tomorrow. And they won’t let us stay with the bikes overnight. Trust is the word.......

STRIPPED DOWN READY TO GET ON DA BOAT!!

LIFTING HER DOWN

ALRIGHT SHE'S IN

MAKING OUR WAY OUT INTO THE HARBOR

UP SHE GOES

TIE DOWN TIME THEN TARP HER

THE FIRST MATE TARPED THEM UP AND FINISHED THE TIE DOWN..SEE YOU TOMORROW!
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Old 02-13-2012, 01:06 PM   #156
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Wicked It's going to be worth the wait!!!

Just got word that the boat is delayed one more day so we will leave the morning of the 15th. Five other travelers who also have been waiting since the 10th for this boat, are flipping out, getting heated, and changing boats.. Waste of energy.. its called travelling.. shit happens smile and realize where you are! AND OF COURSE HAVE A DRINK!!

Our boat went from 9 people to 4 people, we get a free night in the hostel tonight and will sleep on the boat tomorrow and then get 4 nights 5 days sailing through San Blas Islands to Cartangena Colombia.

It's gonna be epic!!!
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Old 02-20-2012, 06:18 PM   #158
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Made it!!!!

Made it to Cartagena, Colombia today. After a long day of running around, permits, stamps, cleaning bikes, finding hostel. I am exhausted was one hell of a trip beuatiful and SKETCHY! Stories and pics to come tomorrow. Fletch
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Just started reading your RTW blogs and I've gotta say you look like your having the time of your life. What drew me in was the fact your a CB fellow. I lived there from '96-2001. David Caesar is my name. Not sure if we knew each other or not. You might have lived there then. For a small town it was still big enough not to know everyone. I flatted with Ruta from the Princess Wine Bar for a while and worked at the Alpineer. Although I live in New Zealand now I still keep in contact with a few of my ole mates back in the Butte.

Anyway, I have subscribed to your forum here and look forward to the updates as they come. All the best and by all means be bloody careful down there in Columbia. They don't call it the land of the endless white lines for nothing you know. And I'm not referring to painted strips on the road either.

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Just started reading your RTW blogs and I've gotta say you look like your having the time of your life. What drew me in was the fact your a CB fellow. I lived there from '96-2001. David Caesar is my name. Not sure if we knew each other or not. You might have lived there then. For a small town it was still big enough not to know everyone. I flatted with Ruta from the Princess Wine Bar for a while and worked at the Alpineer. Although I live in New Zealand now I still keep in contact with a few of my ole mates back in the Butte.

Anyway, I have subscribed to your forum here and look forward to the updates as they come. All the best and by all means be bloody careful down there in Columbia. They don't call it the land of the endless white lines for nothing you know. And I'm not referring to painted strips on the road either.

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I worked for Dave and Jake at the "Air Up There" since I was 15 and also at the Colorado Boarder after they bought it from Seth. Thanks for following my adventures. I am sure we ran into each other once or twice.. crazy...
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Laugh Pics: Panama to colombia: Stories to follow


SKY IS ON FIRE ON THE OCEAN!!

OUR TRUSTY VESSEL

FIRST DAY IN SAN BLAS ISLANDS

YUP U GUESSED IT, THE CAPTAIN BROUGHT IS FIGHTING COCK ALONG FOR THE RIDE AND TO WAKE US @ 5AM!!!

A KUNA SAILING HIS DUG OUT FROM ISLAND TO ISLAND

COOL SHOT


EPIC EMPTY ISLANDS

NOBODY AROUND, JUST STRAIGHT RADTASTIC

ONE OF THE MANY ISLANDS!!

NEW FRIENDS FROM THE BOAT

SELLING FISH, WE GOT ONE FOR DINNER!!

DUGOUTS TIED ALL OVER THE ISLANDS

STARFISH'S EVERYWEHRE

WELCOME TO COLOMBIA

MADE IT!!!!

SAFE PARKING FOR OUR BIKES, INSIDE THE HOSTEL.

STANDING ON CARTAGENA FORT OVER LOOKING THE OLD CITY AS THE SUNSETS TONIGHT..

Thanks for riding along for the adventures, will post lots of stories tomorrow. Fletch

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sounds like you need to quit the beer for a few weeks and drink alot of fruit smoothies to get your body back in shape.
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DAY-101
2/13/2012
Woke up with the knowledge that we were boarding the boat tonight and heading out in the wee hours of the morning. The owners of the boat and the captain were having real issues with 5 Swiss passengers. They were butting heads, and the Swiss group was just young, disrespectful, and not getting that when traveling things happen. They were very agitated that they have had to wait an extra three days before leaving. The owners did not want them to come on the trip offered their money back but the group wanted just to get to Colombia. Who knows what really happened but supposedly the captain was getting the run around from Colon then had to drive to Panama City trying to get right papers. At the end of it all they think a competing hostel had paid off someone at the immigration in Colon not to process the papers. Regardless the Captain got back successful, but angry and tired and decided that tomorrow he needed to relax and have a peaceful day, so we were leaving Tuesday morning but instead now are leaving Thursday morning hopefully.
The Swiss lost it and was able to get their money back and get onto another boat leaving on Tuesday, but not going to Cartagena but to suppuro (not close at all to Cartagena. No reason to get angry it is traveling so it is what it is. Was not too stoked to see they never covered my bike so it sat out one night and all day without coverage and no windshield so my electricals got soaked with the rain. (They said they were going to wrap it up right away..) Talked to the captain and he did it the next day. Haven’t seen it but that’s what he says. I was pretty surprised that we’re delayed two more days a TOTAL of 6 days. So he can relax.
Became good friends with a couple from Uruguay who has invited me to come visit them at their home in the capital. (I think I will, why not) Also met a really cool family from France, Husband French Canadian/ German, Wife’s Norwegian, both boys are French. One of the happiest go lucky guys I have ever met. He is a backcountry guide in France and they invited me to come visit and stay with them once I make it to Europe.
A couple who was supposed to be going on the other boat heard that we had room and wanted to join. They joined our boat, so we now have 6 people with three openings. I personally think they are delaying the trip first to get rid of the Swiss group that was obvious from how excited the owners were and also to try and fill their spots. We now have a good crew of people and I am very ready to get going.

DAY-102
2/14/2012

Woke up in time to jump on the bus to Colon for last minute things for the boat, and just for something to do. I have been introduced to “Mate”, it is a southern South American Drink with is a plant ground up. They pack a tiny cup full of it and with a straw that is flat at the end with lots of little holes sitting at the bottom of the cup. They pour a small amount of water into one side of it and you drink it until it’s gone, then pass it and fill it up again, and so on and so on. At first taste very bitter and not good, but after two days of sharing it with my friends from Uruguay I am becoming fond of it. We drank it all the way to Colon. Colon is kind of a dump of a port town, ran down and seemed a little sketchy. We ran errands, got groceries for a few days, playing cards, Pina Juice for our rum, and lunch. Was very strange and didn’t really like being in a bus for two hours each way, MISS MY BIKE. If all goes well we will board the sailboat tomorrow night and leave early Thursday arriving in Cartagena on Monday.



2/15/12
A lot of sitting around and waiting all day. Played a lot of pool, walked around stretching the legs. My feet have been getting worse and worse, so I stopped taking the Uric Acid medicine a day ago and my feet are hurting less. Who knows, I stopped eating red meat, beans, and drinking beer (which was the HARDEST!!) We had dinner and were told we would get on the boat around 7pm, 7 came and went, then we heard 8, 8 came and went. They showed up and they sat around and waited finally talking to the owners of the boat, we were told it was time so we grabbed our stuff and headed for the gate. Nope we waited another hour and asked again only 10 more minutes, about another hour and then they said ok let’s go!! We got on the boat around 11:30pm. Hung out for a little bit and figured out where we were slipping. The sleeping arrangements were two double beds (for the couples) a bed for three which we had 2 girls at the last moment that were going to meet us on the boat, and a single bed. On the way to the dock I was hoping for two beautiful women to join us. We arrived at the dock to meet the last two people; they were a very manly lesbian couple.. Haha couldn’t have written it better. The two girls who were a couple were not happy about having to share a bed with a guy, the captain gave up his bed to Matt and everyone was happy. Oh I am pumped I get to sleep in a Coffin, I just fit in and there are high boards all around making a nice tight coffin. So we are off, three couple, Matt, and myself.
Oh and arriving in the night I notice they did the worst possible plastic jobs on our bikes. They just laid a tarp on the top the engine and all was exposed to the salt elements. Nothing we could do till tomorrow morning.
Shane an English guy made a bet with his girlfriend and me that five bucks to the last to puke from sea sickness.

DAY-104
2/16/2012
Matt woke me up telling me if I wanted to rewrap my bike the time was now. Quickly got up and tried to rewrap, very hard with them all ready tied down to the side of the boat. With me hanging off the boat by one hand I was able to wrap the bottom of the bike pretty well, at least covering from getting salty splashes. We will see. Fingers crossed and a nice fresh water bath when I arrive.
After only 45 minutes of sailing four out of the eight of us were sea sick and puking over the edge. Shane and his girlfriend were the first…I WIN!! We sailed for 8 hours wasn’t to rough but nobody felt great we all slept as much as possible and finally arrive to the San Blas Islands, BEAUTIFUL!!!!! All of these little islands everywhere covered in Palm trees, full on out of a movie. A few of us swam for the island and the rest took the dingy. We walked around for awhile as our captain dealt with our passports and our moto permits. We headed back and had lunch, local Kuna people paddled up in dugout canoes selling fish and we bought one. We had a few drinks and just relaxed for the day letting our bellies get used to the constant movement. We had an amazing fish dinner with salad. Everyone had a relaxing evening and headed to bed around 9ish.

DAY-105
12/17/12
We pulled anchor this morning and headed for Captain Isreals favorite Island, and let me tell you he wasn’t kidding hands down one of the prettiest islands I have ever seen. We swam over and walked around ran into the French family who had been at the other hostel who had invited me to stay with them when I make it to France. We stopped for a swim on one beach and everyone joined, the English decided to do a sweet front flip off of a tree. (Which was actually a ¾ flip and landed straight on his back we all fell over laughing) We swam for awhile and then headed to the boat for lunch. Been very relaxing, I got a little bored and swam back to the island and walked around it twice (about 10 minutes). We hung out for the evening having a few drinks and just good time. I really enjoyed talking with the Uruguay couple Mearison and Anna; I will defiantly go and visit them in May. The Lesbian couple are from Northern California and are very spiritual hippies; we will leave it at that. The other couple started off okay, ended very crazy. They were both international teachers, he had been fired from a school in Mexico and after being fired he had marched around when the parents were picking up their kids with a Hitler shirt on saluting. (Yeah he is also clean shaven bald)… I hadn’t talked to her much and then one morning he accused me of flirting with his girlfriend, I thought he was joking…he wasn’t. It was a very strange situation. Matt who I wasn’t sure of in the beginning has turned out to be a pretty good friend (teach me to judge by the cover).

DAY- 106/107
2/18-19/12
We got yelled at for being messy and had to clean the boat. (But don’t forget the Captain had a rooster on board crapping everywhere…) We pulled the anchor and headed for the last island; we arrived and were giving well used snorkeling gear. The reef cool we swam for awhile and walked around the island. Then got back on the boat for lunch and then started our 30hr sail for Colombia. It was pretty rough and we just had sandwiches for dinner, I slept wasn’t hungry. I was woken at 12am to do a two hour watch guard shift for lights with Matt, so we just stayed up till 2am talking about his Navy experience and private security times in Iraq. We raged through the ocean sometimes hitting 4 meter waves, pretty crazy at times. Was weird the whole time we were out “sailing” he had the engines running. We arrived into the port of Cartagena Colombia around 11pm. Without too much words, the Captain and first mate jumped on the dingy told us they would see us in the morning and left for shore. Haha

DAY-108
2/20/12

My Dads Birthday, HAPPY BIRTHDAY POPS!!!
We woke up no sign of the captain, we made breakfast and then he showed up on a ghetto little speedboat. He told us yesterday we would unload the bikes on the dock nice and easy. Well he showed up and I was still half asleep and was told to load my bike onto this 8ft long speed boat…WHAT!?!? Screw it I called dibs on going first, Matt was pissed he did not want to put his bike on the boat. He told the captain that he didn’t like it and the captain told him to find his own damn boat because this is what we get. Let’s talk about this boat, 8ft, three dudes having hard time standing in it without almost flipping it, 1/8 of its full of water, seats they didn’t come out, and we were going to balance the bike on the seats and take it to shore. Haha Oh well I made it this far, we swung the bike over the boat and dropped her in. My bike teetered on the engine guard on the seat the front and back wheels were in the air. (To sketchy no time for picsL) I got into the boat and head the bike as tight as I could if it leaned either way it was going into the water. Making it to the dock they basically grabbed the rear tire and dragged it onto the dock. I got on it and started it…… nope nothing notta just a little weird electrical noise. Matt showed up not happy with his back and I helped lift it onto the dock (not drag it). He helped me push start it and got it running, wouldn’t hold a charge. We met the boat at the dock and had to balance on a single piece of wood about 10ft above the water for about 100feet to get to the boat. Grabbed our stuff and headed to put the bikes back together.
I had only gotten one Pannier on when I was told to follow a random car to the Bike Permit building; I asked if we could wait till I have the bike back together. Nope now or at 2pm, so we raced over with him leaving all of our stuff with the captain at the docks. Ran around got all of the paper work done and just needed inspection, nope not till two. So we headed back loaded up our bikes and headed into town for lunch and cash. We found a hostel and dropped our gear off. We went back to get our permits and sat there for two hours finally getting an answer of that we had to come back at 5 when they close or in the morning. So we headed off and lost each other but both found a place to wash our bikes off with fresh water and soap. We met back up at the permit office and around 5:45pm kid walked out with our permits, said thanks and walked away… We went and asked if we needed inspection nope just leave, ugh what about insurance nope you are all set. Okay weird and a little shady. There was a huge pool party and BBQ at the hostel I hung out for a while met some nice people but was tired and went to bed around 1am when everyone headed out. After keeping the bike running for about an hour, she now holds a charge and is ready to rage SA!!

Over all I would say that the sailing experience was not a bad one but nor was it a good one. I am glad I got to see the San Blas Islands they were amazing to say the least. Just is a downer and left a bad taste in your mouth when you pay so much for something and treated pretty poorly. The captain knows we won’t be returning with him so he just acted as if we were supposed to be grateful for the chance to sail with him. I fell bumbed at myself for not being more stoked on the passage, but it really was a bumber. My advice to anyone else traveling with a bike, take the FERRY that is “starting mid March” From Colon to Cartagena, and supposedly it will be half the price. You don’t stop at the islands but if you want that just take a 3 day trip there and camp with launcha boats for cheap.

DAY-109/110
2/21-22/12

I ran around trying to find out if I did or did not need insurance, everyone here says no but all of my information and internet says yes. After talking with other riders I decided I didn’t and will just use my home insurance or bribe if I have to. I also realized I lost my old beat up board shorts sometime between leaving the boat and getting to the hostel. So I found the black-market area and boat a pair of Stretchy Ripcurl shorts $70 at home for $20 here. Went for a nice run and then walked for 4-5hrs all around town and up to the fort. Trying to feel normal again after being at sea for 5 days. I have notice my attitude has change in the past month, but it will be back to normal once I start ripping some South American DIRT!!!
Met another Biker from Sweden, who is absolutely crazy!! But he is very nice and helpful; he traded me his $40 Colombian map that he had gotten off another guy for a fresh squeezed juice. He suggested for me to check out a moto shop in Medillen called Africa Motos, he claims its best shop in all of South America. I will go there on Friday have them check out my suspension (starting to sag bad) Also see what parts they have, grab a chain and sprockets for later. While walking around with this guy I notice he doesn’t move for anyone he just plows through everyone men, women, and children. He had some insane stories. He has ridden all over the world, he also hooked we up with every lonely planet book I might need via thumb drive. He is so crazy and interesting I would love to ride with him knowing full well we most likely would go to jail, but he is heading north for Panama.
Well I think that sums it up for now, I am going to go tear down my bike and see what I need from the shop. On the road tomorrow.
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Old 02-22-2012, 07:23 PM   #164
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DAY-111
2/23/2012

So I forgot to tell you about parking the bike at the hostel in
Cartagena. I was just going to pull it into the walkway, but instead the owner opened up the abandoned café he used to have and let us park in there. I tried to go but it looked like a car might be just a little too much in the way to make it easy, but of course I went for it. I popped the front tired up and was trying to go slow and make sure I wouldn’t hit the car. (Although it was already a little beat up anyways) Due to going so slow not to hit the car I just spun out on the back tire on the curb, two old guys walked over and tried to help. Although they ended up almost dumping me onto the ground I saved it and told them thanks but no need. I was dying of heat and just sweating and ready to get off the bike; I backed up and gave her hell. I popped up perfectly onto the curb pannier smashing into the front of the car then bounding me into the left side of the door and the right side. Once I was inside I was like crap, and looked at the guy who ran the place and he just started laughing gave me high-five, then he quickly shut the door and locked it. I walked outside made sure no real damage; the right side luckily had already been in an accident, so you couldn’t tell what was new or old.


Woke up this morning had a little more fun last night than I wanted but still was up around 7am. I ran around got some cash and paid my bill for three nights. I went into the café grabbed my bike that had been sitting for three days and started it…. Nope dead dead dead not even an attempt. I rolled it outside and tried to run start it, not enough speed. So I grabbed a kid from the hostel and with him pushing I got it first try. I left it running and loaded up the bike, got directions and went and tried to find Matt to say goodbye. He never came home last night, so I am guessing he had a goodnight, I left him a note and my email and headed off. I made it out of town without a hitch, lots and lots of motorcycle taxi’s everywhere. After about 30 minutes of riding I thought my battery should be fine like the other day. Got gas and the bike wouldn’t start. Ask a random guy working on a car to help me out he did and the gas station attendant joined in and I was on my way. I rode all morning through farm lands, had a nice lunch. I had put around 130 miles on her so I knew she would start up. Nope DEAD Battery, I pushed her 100ft to the gas station got gas and got a guy to give me a little shove, two tries and had her running with a wheelie. Headed off the scenery has changed from farmland to rivers and a few mountains. I stopped to top off some gas didn’t know if I would see a gas station up in the mountains with all the small towns. The gas station attendant gave me a quick shove and I was on my way. All of a sudden I was riding higher and higher above the river, the road was twisting and climbing rapidly into the mountains. Amazing Colombian twisty mountain road and jaw dropping views. I just smiled and laughed, wow not doing any good riding for almost a month makes me realize how much I love it and why I am doing this trip. The road just twisted its way up the mountains, I was racing the sun knew I only had till 6:30 and it was 5:45 when I started wondering if my gamble for this one random town was going to pay off. The bridges alone today that I crossed was worth the day, there was so many of them all over the place big and small. As I peaked out at the top of the mountain I was greeted to a Colombian mountain sunset in my face, just awesome. I saw a temple and a small town nestled into the mountain, agh this must be it. The town came and went quickly, ugh oh its gonna get dark soon, wait did I just pass a gas station/ mechanic shop, restaurant, and hotel all in one?? Let’s flip a Uie and see, yup sweet; okay it’s going to be expensive. Wait did you just say a number equivalent to 8 dollars for my own room? Yup I will take it; it ended up being 10 bucks total and extra 2 for parking. It was a truck stop the place is now full with trucks and truckers; I sat at a table of truckers and myself and had dinner. Soup, an orange drink, and entrée of chicken, rice, salad, fries, and a fried banana for desert all for 5 bucks oh and two bags of water for tonight.
Now I sleep and then wake early and head the last 200km to Medellin to be there by 10am for my appointment at the motoshop, I will leave my bike and gear there and just take a small bag and taxi to the hostel. Perfect timing for the battery or starter to go out since I already have an appointment.

WHO NEEDS A HAT!!!

NICE ROADS, ALTHOUGH I AM READY FOR DIRT

INCREDIBLE VIEWS FROM THE ROAD

CLIMBING INTO THE HILLS OF COLOMBIA

FROM THE HOTEL PARKING LOT

MY WELCOMING GIFT!!

SO SO RADTASTIC!!!

MY $8 ROOM, GOODNIGHT MY FRIENDS..
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