A day in the mountains of Medellin

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  1. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    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:

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    Plenty of mountains all around the city:

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

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

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    And some other ones, like this one from India:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    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:

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    It started out like this:

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    Continued like this:

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

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    Here's what the mountain had to offer meanwhile:

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

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

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

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    Headed out to the big rock in Guatape:

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

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    Something fresh for lunch:

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    Here's some other pics:

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

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    Hope to document the next trip a little better.
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  2. operose

    operose Mama tried

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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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  3. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    He's quite a nice guy indeed
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    :clap:clap:clap
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  5. Thacher

    Thacher Lifting anchor

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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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  6. trespalacios

    trespalacios Oh libertad

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    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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