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Old 06-03-2013, 06:58 AM   #271
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Once I got Bruce back on the road in Buenaventura, I travelled to Cali and spent a couple of days there. After that I decided to head towards the reputedly beautiful city called Medellin. But I wanted to take things easy. So without going straight to Medellin I made a stopover in a small city called Pereira.

The main form of accommodation on this tour for me has been wild camping. Although it has been very effective in many countries, I heard from people that wild camping in Colombia is a risky business. Listening to what people had to say hasn’t been my strength. I usually went by my gut feelings. However, knowing Colombian history of kidnappings for ransom and it being an unfamiliar territory that I was yet to get accustomed to, I refrained from camping in the wild until this point. But in Pereira I was optimistic about finding someone who would offer me the backyard to set up my tent. Being a large town, there were plenty of people around to ask for help. I rode along the busy streets until dusk and kept my eyes open to find a suitable person who could help me. At a junction my eyes caught the presence of a large group of people. There was a red brick building across the road with wide open large doors. I saw people entering the building and the big sign above the large door read “………. Iglesias” in other words a church. It was a free evangelical church, usually a place full of pious and God fearing people.
I stopped my bike right in front of the main door. There were a few smartly dressed men waiting at the door. Even before I got off the bike to talk to the men, one of them walked up to me and started talking to me. He asked me where I was coming from and what I do in Pereira and so on. Then he invited me to come inside the church. I told him that I don’t have the time since I had to find a place to stay for the night. But the man was very persistent. He urged me to step inside the churchfor a few minutes. So I did. There must have been at least 300 people. They sang beautiful hymns and said lengthy prayers. Whilst the man who invited me into the church translated, I listened to a 40 minutes sermon. And then there was a time to give testimonies. People stood up and spoke about what God had done in their lives, into a microphone. But my thoughts were somewhere far away. I was worrying about finding a place to stay that night. Whenever I mentioned about it to my pious friend, he told me that it will not take too long and things will be ok. At the end of the church service my religious friend laid hands on my head and started paying for me for several minutes. And he urged me to become a Christian and he was worried about me losing my soul to the devil and me having to spend the eternity burning in hellfire. Once everything was over, I asked the man if he could help me find a place to stay that night to set up my tent. He kindly told me to go and stay in a hotel. Not only that, he even prayed that the Lord may help me find the best hotel in town so that I may recover from hard travellings. And then they closed the doors of the empty church and waved me goodbye.

Isn’t it amazing to see people who are so worried about someone’s soul rather than someone’s simple needs?
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:20 AM   #272
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I went for breakfast this morning. Walked into the market building where there are dozens of small restaurants. Since I couldn’t understand the menu I just pointed my finger to the picture which I thought the tastiest. Then I get this huge meal. Almost one third of a chicken, some salad, mashed potato roasted, avocado and rice. All that is for just 2.50 US dollars. ..




I was only able to eat half of the meal. When I put my cutlery aside, this street vendor walked up to me and asked if he could start where I finished. He ate some of it and packed the rest. Probably that’s going to be his lunch.
















I found this cool dog with rasta hair on a street in Banos. I’m keen to visit the same street in the evening so that I can take a photo of the dog smoking a joint. Oh by the way, if you think it's a wig you are mistaken. This is his real hair!
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Old 06-03-2013, 05:22 PM   #273
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Dylan,
Have really enjoyed your trip report! What a trip it is too. Wish you the best and yes it is interesting that someone would worry about your soul but not your simple tent space request. Takes all kinds I guess.

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Old 06-04-2013, 06:33 AM   #274
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We both sat on the short wall facing the sea. The damp air didn’t bother either of us as the wind blew the light drizzle in our direction. I was captured by his voice and the details he revealed about the girl he loved. I heard his voice falter now and then but he kept on talking as if he wanted to dig out everything he remembered. I guess it must be hard for a man to have a decent conversation with his fellow soldiers. Not a serious one in any case. Most of the time they were joking around or kicking each other’s butts.
Silvestre put his paws on Vincent’s lap as if he wanted to let him know that he was enjoying the cuddle. It seems that Vincent didn’t even realize that he was stroking the dog as he was talking to me. I guess it was kind of automatic reaction as he remembered “Karo” his girlfriend. He remembered what a great Salsa dancer she was. He told me about her beautiful eyes and what a sweet personality she had. Every night was a hard night ever since he joined the army to do the compulsory duty for two years. Most of the time the soldiers were stationed in remote areas where there are no telephone connection or any other contact to the outside world. “Sleeping on a hammock every night wasn’t the hardest thing to do. The mosquito bites and other hardships you endure being in the jungle can’t be compared with the pain you suffer as two separated souls”, Vincent went on.

Then he reached for his machine gun and hands it to me.
“Look how many times I have scratched her name on my gun!” He shows me the evidence as he wants to prove that he’s not lying. I see the black paint has been scribbled in many places with the letters KARO.
I see his eyes turn red and they begin to moist.

“So you don’t know why she died?” I asked him.

“I don’t know. One day my mom called me and said Karo was found dead. I couldn’t even go to her funeral…
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Old 06-05-2013, 01:53 AM   #275
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Awesome RR. Hey is that Dog Marley?
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Old 06-05-2013, 07:32 AM   #276
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awesome report & photos !! keep going for land, sea and maybe air some day ?

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Old 06-27-2013, 03:31 PM   #277
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Old 07-06-2013, 01:14 PM   #278
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Hey Dylan, where the heck did you go too? Hope the jungle monkeys didn't eat you! Ya better post a reply, we're wondering and getting concerned.
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Old 07-07-2013, 12:44 PM   #279
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Hey Dylan, where the heck did you go too? Hope the jungle monkeys didn't eat you! Ya better post a reply, we're wondering and getting concerned.
Dylan stored his bike in Colombia and went back to Europe for odd job to recoup some $$ before resuming his trip. I think he left in June. It's unclear when he will resume the trip but he will be back eventually!
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:16 AM   #280
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Very unique report! Love the brief interludes that Jump Cut over to another location. Sounds like you've got a few books in making. Shame you don't have a film crew following you ... now THAT would be a good project.

I'd love to hear an update on how your BMW GS did after all the Salt Water exposure. Can't be good!

Next time I'd just rent a big Launcha, fill it up with fuel and go for it! All that calm weather would have helped doing a crossing in a big Launcha, no?

But we all loved your choice and your cool home made raft. Super creative!
Well done!
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:19 AM   #281
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The real deal

Sought out this RR after seeing that raft on the beach image posted elsewhere on the net.

I tend not to follow other riders reports. After nearly 6 years riding my own RTW journey, I have met plenty on the road.

Since then I have become privy to a lot of the "dirty little secrets" and bullshit "records" and claims, in and around the over-landing community.

Dylan is a refreshing change. He is without a doubt, the real deal.
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Old 11-05-2013, 05:28 PM   #282
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Glarus Guy!

Welcome to the America's!

If you should ever find yourself in the middle of the U.S. (as in Iowa) give me a call. I too grew up in Switzerland as a transplant, although my home became Glattbrugg in the Canton of Zuerich.
I now live in Sioux City, where Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa all meet. I've got plenty of room if you'd need to take a brake and my basement contains most items necessary for the art of motorcycle maintenance.
Anyway, keep up the good work,

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Old 11-10-2013, 05:59 AM   #283
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Sought out this RR after seeing that raft on the beach image posted elsewhere on the net.

I tend not to follow other riders reports. After nearly 6 years riding my own RTW journey, I have met plenty on the road.

Since then I have become privy to a lot of the "dirty little secrets" and bullshit "records" and claims, in and around the over-landing community.

Dylan is a refreshing change. He is without a doubt, the real deal.

Wow Andrew! I am speechless! Thanks pal!
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Old 11-10-2013, 06:01 AM   #284
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Welcome to the America's!

If you should ever find yourself in the middle of the U.S. (as in Iowa) give me a call. I too grew up in Switzerland as a transplant, although my home became Glattbrugg in the Canton of Zuerich.
I now live in Sioux City, where Nebraska, South Dakota, and Iowa all meet. I've got plenty of room if you'd need to take a brake and my basement contains most items necessary for the art of motorcycle maintenance.
Anyway, keep up the good work,

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Thanks Marc!
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Old 11-29-2013, 01:31 PM   #285
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Dylan ,
This is how I first heard about your journey, it was a post on horizons unlimited......

"Or another alternative: whilst in Panama they met an Indian (from India) on a BMW GS 850 or something like that. He built himself a raft, using his shaft drive to power the propeller... it may be for sale in Cartagena now if it's not in a museum "

I was blown away, wanted to believe it but was slightly sceptical

I got a link to your RR today You are a pioneer, unafraid of the unknown an inspiration to many......... God bless and safe travels
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