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Old 07-15-2013, 08:33 PM   #1
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Wicked A day in the mountains of Medellin

I did a little trip to Colombia in June to visit my parents. I only get to see them once a year...might as well enjoy them while they're still alive.

Medellin is my native city. It has come a long way since its most infamous days. There's almost 4 million people living in the metro area. Here's a shot of what the city looks like from above:



Plenty of mountains all around the city:







Here's a view from my sister's condo:



Medellin is a city of motorcycles. All kinds, everywhere. You find the nice streetfighters you see here:



And some other ones, like this one from India:



But smaller bikes are better for splitting lanes. Check out this Chinese "supermotard":



Oh, and before the comment arises, that is ATGATT when you're doing urban assault at 90 degrees

This was my steed while there, courtesy of my brother-in-law:



Got up early in the morning as I wanted to see the city from the mountains:





As I kept riding up the mountain I got a clearer view:





Stopped at a country restaurant for some traditional breakfast and got to meet the owner of this house:



Man, he knows something I don't about simple living. Here's to become a little like you Don Pedro!!

In the middle of a switchback saw a little jeep road:



It started out like this:



Continued like this:



And pretty soon it became a single track (though not gnarly yet) following a ridge:



Here's what the mountain had to offer meanwhile:













I turned around when it became a horse trail. Looking back at the road I was on before taking the detour:



I took a pic of a "straighter" piece of road:



Steep mountain. Narrow road considering there were public transportation buses going up this road:



Headed out to the big rock in Guatape:



Here's the view from the restaurant below as I didn't go up to the top:



Something fresh for lunch:



Here's some other pics:











I'll leave you guys with a picture of a picture at the airport:



Hope to document the next trip a little better.
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Old 07-16-2013, 07:13 AM   #2
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Very nice, thank you for sharing :) Your brother in law is quite a guy to have let you borrow that nice bike to go exploring on!
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Very nice, thank you for sharing :) Your brother in law is quite a guy to have let you borrow that nice bike to go exploring on!
He's quite a nice guy indeed
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Thank you for these photos and report. I lived in Bogota last year from January through June but missed getting up to Medellin. I'm hoping to return to Colombia and see one of the world's greatest cities eventually.
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Thank you for these photos and report. I lived in Bogota last year from January through June but missed getting up to Medellin. I'm hoping to return to Colombia and see one of the world's greatest cities eventually.
Thank you for your comments. I'll be back to Medellin shortly. Maybe I'll take a few more pics this time
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