Adv riders in Colombia

Discussion in 'Latin America' started by theturtleshead, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. gummikuh

    gummikuh Dirt tester

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    Hola Redhead!

    I think we met you on the Ruta 40..
    We're in Cali at the casa blanca at the moment. We'll arriving in Cartagena in a few day's. We should meet at the Amber than!

    Werner+Claudia
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  2. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    It was great to meet all you jokers in Cartegena and we look forward to meeting you down the road.

    Colombia Hotel info
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    South from Cartagena
    ( cut the ride to Medellin into a 2-3 day run )

    El Carmen de Boliva
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    Honeymoon $50,000Peso (2 people)
    Bike parking in hallway
    Located on highway near (across) gas station ...restaraunt in front
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    Hotel El Paraiso
    40,000P bike parking in back(2people)
    AC no wifi
    Cheaper rooms no AC 35000P(2people)
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    Caceres
    Nice town off the main road. Cross the bridge and turn right at the Centro
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    Costa Luna 35000P (2people)with AC & wifi in the town . Bike parking in the vacant building next door. Loud bar next door
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    Room for 15 bikes if they can go through this man door
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    Caceres
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    Residencies La Embajada
    Room for 1or 2 bikes Cheaper and quieter with a view of the river(no AC )
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    20000P 1person no AC
    25000P 2person no AC
    Calle Bolivar #50A-06
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    El Triunfo
    Santa Maria 30,000P 2Person AC
    Bikes parked inside kitchen
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    Guatape Municipal Campground
    Pass through town then take right turn after bridge. 600M down dirt road
    10,000P Tent. Shower, shelters
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    La Ceja
    Hotel Turin 20,000p 2 person
    Bikes parked inside
    One block west of south edge of Centro
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    Aguadas
    Hotel Tarbelas
    20,000P 2 persons
    Nice quiet hotel. Bikes parked in hallway. Located one block downhill west from north edge of Centro
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    Santa Rosa de Cabal
    Hospedaje de Parquedero 30-35000P
    Hi Speed Wifi.
    On Cra 14# 17-55 on the way in to the Centro from the east. 4-5? Blocks west of the north edge of Centro, where the 50-70000P hotels are.
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    Via Fresno Manizalles
    Estadero Padau $ ten bucks 18000P
    On the highway to Manizalles
    Secure bike parking / cheap place to stop for the night.
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    Manizalles
    Hotel Jari 40000P nice tourist hotel
    Hi speed wifi good parking
    From South edge of Centro , 2 B west,then N one block
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    Villeta
    Several choices here
    Hostel D Elvira follow signs off highway as you come into town from the east downhill. Quiet location away from highway truck noise.
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    Hotel Bochica 40000P or less
    Wifi ? Was down. Good Parking/ Pool
    From D Elvira loop south, then uphill west. Also San Raphael hotel around corner from Bochica .Others nearby.
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    Several Hospejades across from Suzuki dealer downtown, some offer camping. There's also a municipal campground in town as well as a large swimming pool complex that offers camping but its 17000P per person.
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    Facatativa
    Some cheaper options with good parking a few blocks east of the Centro near the small open concrete plaza.
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    El Gran Hotel 30000P no wifi. Great quiet hotel with bikes parked beside your room in the inner court. Nice enough. Close to restaurants&wifi
    Carerra 2 #2-43

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    More here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=433229
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  3. porkandcorn

    porkandcorn FortesFortunaAdiuvat

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    hola/hello,

    i will be finishing my eight-country south american adventure in colombia. i will arive at the border near the last two weeks of april. i need advice on what roads and places to visit, which to avoid, and also need help finding a company that can ship my bike back from cartegena to portland, oregon usa.

    my plan is to ride north to cartegena through whichever cities are suggested, and then relax on the caribe beaches for a week before flying home and going back to reality and my job on may 9th.

    also, i would be interested in selling my 2012 triumph tiger 800xc to someone in columbia if that situation works well for anyone wanting to begin a south america journey in columbia. PM me about that if you or anyone you know might be interested.

    fritz
    (currently in mancora, peru)

    here is my ride report:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=853603
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  4. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    Talk to Mikey he's the man
    motolombia.com.co or something like that
    Al
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  5. brecchi

    brecchi Been here awhile

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    Hi guys. I'll be flying into Cartagena on May 14th and looking for a small bike to buy to head to TDF. There is some great advice in this thread. I have spent a lot of time riding in North and Central America, and it will be my first time in South America - if any of you would like to meet up or if you have any advice, recommendations not listed here please let me know! :freaky

    -brecchi
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  6. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    We are crossing the Darien 14 June so will be one month behind you, maybe we can catch up along the way.
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  7. brecchi

    brecchi Been here awhile

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    That sounds good - lets stay in touch!
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  8. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Colombia Hotel info part 2

    Sutatusa ( north from Zapaquira )
    Hotel La Bamba
    20,000P 1person/30,000P 2 people
    No wifi, park bike outside of room, cable lock,. Lots of truckers stay here
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    Tunja
    Hotel Conquistador3people75000P
    North west corner of Centro
    Wifi- bikes go inside, inner courtyard
    This high end tourist hotel is on Calle 20 No 8-92 Esquina Plaza de Bolivar
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    San Gil
    Hotel Victoria 1person 20,000P 2people 30,000P Wifi/ bikes inside courtyard : a block or so southeast from Centro
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    Onzaga -Santander
    La Casa del Manje
    Cels 310 256 1277
    312 524 4220
    10,000P per person secure parking down the street in locked garage.
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    Cajamarca
    Hospedje on main road through town.
    Sporadic wifi, narrow bikes can fit through entrance inside. 20-25,000P per person. There is another hotel just around the corner with a parking garage 500M away from that hotel.
    Go see the coffee producer one street north for a tour of his operation as well as your morning java fix.
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    La Tebaida
    Cabanas Los Lagos
    On the scenic rural coffee route south of Armenia via Calcedonia, Sevilla.
    Rustic Cabins by the river.10,000P per person. Showers,flush toilets, restaurant nearby. When you turn off the highway and go downhill, look to your right for the private cabanas, go further down for the ones on the sign.
    A nice change from hotels in the Centros
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    Buga
    San Francisco Real Cra 14 No 4-80
    75,000P 4 people
    This high end hotel has Wifi and bikes easily go inside the nice inner court
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    Pasto
    Hotel El Oasis Calle22#15-150ave Colombia Fon 7210 870 Pasto-Narino
    Room for 2 small bikes.20,000P room
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    Hotel Monaco 20,000P room
    Good covered parking garage
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    Hotel Chambu 35,000P wifi good parking
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    Hotel Ideal / parking garage
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    Cali
    Casa Blanca
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    Tel (2)396 38 49 Avenida 6 bis -26N#57
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    Popayan
    Hotel Capital Carrera 5 No 7-11
    Best deal this close to the Centro
    Good bike parking. No Wifi
    20,000P 2 People 35000P 3 Person
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    Medellin
    Shamrock Irish Pub
    In Poblado neighborhood
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    Ipiales
    Hotel Emperador
    Carrera 5 No 14-43
    20,000P room park across road
    Across from the
    Hotel Los Andes exc parking wifi
    80,000P 2 people
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    All these hotels plus many more can be found in the Gpx file Colombia Hotels

    Hotels are plentiful and inexpensive but sometimes when its late & you really need to find one its hard to find on the busy one - way streets. Hope this file helps other riders and saves some time.
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  9. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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  10. Two Moto Kiwis

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    Mate you are a wealth of information!!:clap
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  11. Rub-a-Dub

    Rub-a-Dub Been here awhile

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    I know this is not the right place to offer my bike for sale, but I would like to target riders in Colombia, since this is where my bike is.
    If there are any objections, do not hesitate to express yourself, and I will remove the post.

    Se que este no es el lugar para ofrecer mi moto en venta, pero ya que esta en Colombia, puedo hacer contacto directo con motociclistas locales. Si hay alguna objecion, me comentan y puedo remover este post.

    Model: '09 BMW R1200GS SE (special edition)
    Miles: 34150
    Condition: excellent, Always kept in pristine condition, only touched by US BMW certified mechanics.
    Notes: Has lots of extras, upgrades, panniers and GSA items.
    Price: 15500 USD
    for more information and pictures you can contact me here or at cottoncay at yahoo dot com
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  12. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    I'm about to get into Colombia to spend almost a month seeing everything and everywhere I can in the country before riding south. I'm pumped to read through this thread to get great advice as I begin to plan where to go and what to see!

    :clap

    Nate
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  13. OK Lucinda

    OK Lucinda n00b

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    I just arrived in Colombia myself. Came in Girag and planning to go to see the famous Mike in Cali for route ideas over and local news beyond what I've gleaned here. If convenient let's meet for a beer somewhere.
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  14. theturtleshead

    theturtleshead Tits on a fish

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    Medellin Colombia ain,t nowhere better
    I'm more famouse then Mike and better looking too:evil
    And Medellin kicks Cali ass!
    Al
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  15. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    beers for everyone then! I'll be in Cartagena on the 23rd and then who knows. need me some hardcore spanish lessons so may stay there, santa marta, or to med for those.
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  16. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    Here is my first list of places to see... adding to it every hour!



    Casa Blanca Hostel

    Bogotá, Bogota
    Colombia

    Shamrock Irish Pub - Medellin

    Gaviotas, Meta
    Gaviotas Off the beaten path, Gaviotas, about 100km southeast of Villavicencio, is a ‘green’ success story. The United Nations called the village a model of sustainable development, and Gabriel Garcí...

    Palacio da la Inquisicion
    The haunting Palace of the Inquisition is one of the finest buildings in town. Although the site was the seat of the Punishment Tribunal of the Holy Office from 1610, the palace wasn't completed until...

    Parque Gallineral
    Parque El Gallineral San Gil’s showpiece is the mystical Parque El Gallineral, a 4-hectare park set on a triangle-shaped island between two arms of the Quebrada Curití and Río Fonce. Nearly all of...

    Museo histórico Policía Nacional
    This surprisingly worthwhile museum not only gets you inside the lovely ex-HQ (built in 1923) of Bogotá's police force, but gives you 45 minutes or so of contact time with 18-year-old, English-speakin...

    Plaza de Bolívar
    Plaza de Bolívar The usual place to start discovering Bogotá is Plaza de Bolívar, the heart of the original town. In the middle of the square is a bronze statue of Simón Bolívar (cast in 1846), the wo...

    Castillo De San Felipe De Barajas
    Castillo de San Felipe de Barajas The castillo is the greatest and strongest fortress ever built by the Spaniards in any of their colonies. The original fort was commissioned in 1630 and was quite sma...

    National Museum of Colombia
    Museo Nacional Housed in the expansive, Greek cross-shaped building called El Panóptico and designed as a prison by English architect Thomas Reed in 1874. Walking through the (more or less) chronologi...

    Catedral Metropolitana de Medellín
    Catedral Metropolitana Overlooking Parque de Bolívar, Medellín's neo-Romanesque cathedral was completed in 1931. Its spacious but dim interior has Spanish stained-glass windows. Read more: http://w...

    Pueblito Paisa
    Pueblito Paisa On top of the 80m-tall hill known as Cerro Nutibara, 2km southwest of the city center, sits the kitschy Pueblito Paisa, a miniature version of typical Antioquian township. Views from an...

    Cerro De Monserrate
    Cerro de Monserrate To get a view of Bogotá from dizzying heights take the teleférico (cable car) or funicular to the top of Cerro de Monserrate (3160m/10,400ft), the mountain overlooking the city cen...

    El Fósil
    Estación Astronómica Muisca (El Infiernito) The Estación Astronómica Muisca (El Infiernito) dates from the early centuries AD and, like a sort of Stonehenge, was used by the Indians to determine the s...

    Mompos, Bolivar
    Mompós Minding its own business in the northern Colombian interior, Mompós is another colonial time warp. The atmosphere around here is certainly unique in Colombia - it feels more like the bayous of...

    Puerto Triunfo, Antioquia
    Río Claro Valley Thanks to Colombia's improving security situation, it is once again safe to visit the Río Claro Valley in eastern Antioquia, where a crystal-clear river has carved stunning shapes in...

    Las Bovedas
    Las Bóvedas These are 23 dungeons, built between 1792 and 1796, hidden within the 15m-thick city walls. These dungeons were the last major construction carried out in colonial times and were destined ...

    Parque Nacional Los Nevados
    Parque Nacional Los Nevados This snow-caked range of volcanic peaks - topped by the 5325m-tall (17500ft) Nevado del Ruiz - offers some of the most stunning views in the Colombian Andes, plus some fine...

    Villa de Leyva, Boyaca
    Villa de Leyva Villa de Leyva is a leisurely place made for wandering around charming stone streets, listening to the sound of church bells and enjoying the lazy rhythm of days gone by. It's still ve...

    Popayan, Cauca Dept
    Popayán Founded in 1537, this is one of Colombia's most beautiful old towns. Beautifully whitewashed, Popayán doesn't need to be tarted up for the tourist hordes - it's a living, breathing historic s...

    Acuario y Museo Del Mar
    Acuario y Museo Del Mar The aquarium and museum are on the seashore 2km northwest of El Rodadero. The aquarium has sharks, dolphins, turtles, seals and other marine species, and a dolphin show is held...

    Museo de Arte Moderno
    Museum of Modern Art Opened in the mid-1980s in a spacious hall designed by a revered local architect, Rogelio Salmona, the Museum of Modern Art focuses on various forms of visual arts (painting, scul...

    Amacayacu National Park
    Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) Amacayacu Sprawling across almost 300,000 hectares, PNN Amacayacu is an ideal spot from which to observe the Amazonian rainforest up close. About 75km upriver from Letici...

    Santa Fe de Antioquia, Antioquia
    Santa Fe de Antioquia Another Colombian town that seems to have stopped dead some time in the 18th century, Santa Fe de Antioquia is in the heart of paisa (Antioquian) country. Cobbled streets, colon...

    San Agustin, Huila
    San Agustín One of South America's most important archaeological sites, San Agustín is made up of more than 500 statues and stone tombs from a civilization that existed long before the Europeans arri...

    Casa Museo Hacienda El Paraíso
    Hacienda El Paraíso Escape the city for a day and head to the old sugarcane plantations to see how the Colombian elite lived in the 19th century. Hacienda El Paraíso, a lovingly restored manor house, ...

    Observatorio Astronómico
    Conceptualized by celebrated Colombian botanist José Celestino Mutis, the 1803 tower is reputedly the first astronomical observatory built on the continent. It's possible to visit Monday to Friday at ...

    SANTUARIO DE FAUNA Y FLORA MALPELO
    Santuario de Flora y Fauna Malpelo The center of the vast Santuario de Flora y Fauna Malpelo is Isla Malpelo, a remote Colombian island that has some of the best diving in the world. It’s a mere 1643m...

    Tayrona National Park
    Parque Nacional Tayrona Tayrona, with its beaches set in deep bays and shaded with coconut palms, is one of Colombia's most popular national parks. Some beaches are bordered by coral reefs, and there'...

    El Tuparro National Park
    Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) El Tuparro Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) El Tuparro is a 548,000-hectare nature reserve on the Venezuelan border, and the only national park in Los Llanos. This biosphere...

    Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá
    Zipaquirá Salt Cathedral The hauntingly beautiful underground salt cathedral at Zipaquirá is one of Colombia's most fascinating attractions. The cathedral was born from an old salt mine, dug straight ...

    Parque Explora
    Parque Explora With exhibits on physics, biology and technology as well as a 3D cinema and an excellent aquarium full of species from the Amazon and other Colombian waterways, this is a science museum...

    Puracé National Natural Park
    Parque Nacional Natural (PNN) Puracé Forty-five kilometers east of Popayán along the unpaved road to La Plata lies this 83,000- hectare national park. It’s the only place in Colombia you can see condo...

    Colpatria Torre Colpatria
    Colpatria Tower Monserrate offers superb views, but only from the 46th-floor outside deck of the Colpatria Tower can you catch a superb view of the bullring, backed by office buildings and the mountai...

    Gold Museum
    Museo del Oro Bogotá's most famous museum and one of the most fascinating in all of South America, the recently renovated Gold Museum contains more than 55,000 pieces of gold and other materials from ...

    Mercado de Las Pulgas en Usaquén
    Plaza Central de Usaquén It's best coming on the weekend for its flea market, which is at its most vibrant on Sunday. Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/colombia/bogota/sights/plaza/plaza-centr...

    Parque Arví
    Parque Arví Accessible by the fantastic new Cable Arví Metrocable (Linea L) from the Santo Domingo interchange (COP$3500 one way, 15 minutes), Parque Arví is a big chunk of mountain wilderness in Sant...

    Bahía Taganga
    Bahía de Taganga Taganga is a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay and small fishing village just north of Santa Marta. It's fast developing into a backpacker hang-out and scuba-diving center, where you ca...

    Islas del Rosario
    Islas del Rosario Take a day cruise out to this archipelago of 27 small coral islands, now designated as a national park, the Corales del Rosario. Cruises depart year-round from the Muelle Turístico ...

    Mercado de Bazurto
    Mercado Bazurto For adventurous souls only, Cartagena's labyrinthine central market is both dirty and enthralling, an all-out assault on your senses. If it's marketable, it's for sale here: endless st...
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  17. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    If there are any ADV riders out there with a garage I could use, I need to do a little teardown on my electrical and a oil change and I'd really appreciate it if I could swing by for like 8 hours and knock it out! I have all my own tools, just need the space...

    :D
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  18. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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  19. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    Panama City. Loading onto the Steel Rat tomorrow, in Cartahena by the 24th.
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  20. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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