Bellingham to Brazil, not coming back

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by PorLaTierra, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. NCK

    NCK Been here awhile

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    so awesome!
  2. Almost There

    Almost There Up, up, and away

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  3. Supergringo

    Supergringo Hablar, bla bla bla.

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    Awesome man. I spent half a day playing Tejo at that court. After I bought a flat of beer, and hit the exploding thing a few times, I made a lot of friends!
  4. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    Left Bogota, rode North to Villa de Leyva. The countryside is amazing, tons of green rolling hills and happy looking cows. I keep forgetting how big these mountains are, I rode up and down for hours before turning off on a smaller highway with no lines, and a few pot holes, but some great curves. I got rained on a little and then the sun came out. I felt the temperature change multiple times, which is one of the reasons I ride. Also, when I smelled something good, another reason why I ride, I followed my nose and pulled right up to a little Arepa stand. Arepas are like Colombias tortillas, they are usually filled with cheese or eggs.

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    Villa de Leyva is a rad town, its an old colonial city that has been very well preserved and still functions. On the weekends its packed with day trippers but the weekdays are lazy and the town is free of tourists, probably similar to how it has been for many years.

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    No more bed bugs for me, I got em bad in Bogota at the Cranky Croc and I was happy to see this sticker.

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    Through town and up a dirt road to a hostel, the coolest one yet


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    Walking into town that night in search of food I was enjoying the warm dry climate and the cobblestone streets, reminded me a lot of Italy actually, with the red roofs and all, then out of nowhere a stupid dog came up and bit me in the leg, on the right calf, just below the back of my knee, ouch! What a Fu**er. The dogs in Villa de Leyva are big and people feed them and because of that they are big and strong. Not like the ones in Bogota who are sick and docile. I think someone should adopt them or shoot them. I like dogs when they are taken care of and trained a little, if they arent they can be dangerous animals and if I had a gun I would find that bastard and shoot him. I saw it again the next night and it ran at me but then stopped. It really doesnt like me I guess

    I was bleeding so I decided to limp to the hospital and get it checked out. The nurse cleaned the wound with laundry detergent and told me to wait. The doctor was on Colombian time so I explored a little while I waited.

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    Haha, I like the wording here, Baby Weigher

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    The doctor checked me out, he was cool, from Venezuela actually and told me I would be fine but I needed a shot in la nalga.

    The nurse told me to show her my colita and so I dropped trou and she stuck me in the ass. The walk home was long and up that dirt road I was worried I might have to fight another dog.

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    A little mondongo, cow stomach soup and I fell straight to sleep.

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    I woke up in the morning with a sore leg and ass. It felt like I had ridden a bicycle for 50 miles with one leg. The view is awesome though, even just from the dorm room. I feel like I have earned this, the view I mean, and now that I am finally in Colombia I feel great despite the setbacks. If I had gotten bit in panama I would have been cursing the whole isthmus and praying for a big wave to wipe it off the map. But here in Colombia everything seems to be going well, and I feel welcome here, both on and off the bike.

    Colombia is cool. Oh, and there are very few topes and bikes dont pay tolls. Enough said.

    Stay tuned, its about to get good.

    Ryan
  5. b0rderman

    b0rderman Been here awhile

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    Besides the bite, it looks like Columbia is paying off big time. I am enjoying the RR, I am 25 and itching to get to it like you have. Be safe :dutch.
  6. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions that need answering to get you on the road. I would certainly do a few things differently, which I plan to write about down the road somewhere. To summarize the bike debate that resurfaced here in my RR:

    The best bike for a trip is one that you like, one that you are comfortable with. I would also add that it does not need to be big. The perfect bike for me would be 350-500cc with a nice big gas tank.
  7. Clem Kevin

    Clem Kevin Nude With Boots

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    Such a good movie!
  8. cidadebaixa

    cidadebaixa n00b

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    PorLaTierra I start to follow you some days ago. Congratulations for your bravery. At Brazil you will face a lot of problems to, but without them the trip would not be a adventure. Then do not give up the idea of travel here. The roads will be the worst part. They are bad, a little dangerous, but not impossible, you will need only take care. Come you to the south, you will be welcome. Have a nice trip and sorry about my bad english.
  9. nomadicbear

    nomadicbear Vagabond

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  10. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    I have a visitor this week. I will try to upload some photos asap. Bogota to Salento was amazing, I am really really into Colombia right now. Its so easy to ride here yet so fun and exciting at the same time. All the annoying things from Central America are mostly gone. Colombia is well signed and FULL of cool shit to see. People are cool and its been a pleasure so far.

    Obrigado, eu falo portugues si voce quiser escrever.

    I will let you know when I tire of Colombia, wont be any time soon. I love all the offers for hospitality though, its actually pretty amazing.
  11. arjones

    arjones Roads and Waves

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    I've been following your thread for quite some time now and, as a Brazilian living in northeast Brasil (and have been travelling all the way south to Ushuaia last summer) I can tell you something about our roads.

    They are dangerous because the amount of heavy trucks and mad drivers (but that's manageable, being careful). The main roads ARE FINE. I really didn't understand that last post of this fellow brazilian, but I can assure you, even though our roads are not like your main roads or high ways in USA or Europe, they are very good right now (both BR 101 AND BR 116, the main ones), with good tarmac and much less/almost none pot holes than we use to have sometime ago.

    And if you where looking for good tarmac and service on the road side, great high-ways and stuffs, you would be better and safer staying in USA or Europe.:deal

    So, don't worry. Our problems are others and I'm sure you will be able to get some glimpses of them all.

    I'm proud of our uprising economy condition, even though we have some major social-historical problems very hard to get trough in a matter of years. They will consume lots of years to be solved. Pricey and not to god gas is an issue, but you will be amazed by our hospitality, girls :evil and the open heart that only a truly brasilian can offer you.

    PM me if you need ANY information regarding the routes to get to BraSil and if you need help.

    Ride safe and hard. We are waiting for you.

    Best of luck.

    Márcio Arjones.
  12. cidadebaixa

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    Mr Marcio Arjones I appreciate your support to PorLaTierra trip. But about "I really did not Understand That last post of this fellow Brazilian" the explanation was already given by yourself: "They (the roads) are dangerous because the amount of heavy trucks and drivers mad." And is good remember that roads without potholes and well signposted are the exception not the rule. But I agree with you PorLaTierra can come to Brazil and have a lot of fun (with some care). We will readiness to support PorLaTierra here.
  13. bigbird18

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    Hello how are you? I am new on this site and not even sure how to use it but I wanted to ask are you the one that posted going to Brazil? I am in new Hampshire and I just purchased a Suzuki vstrom 1000 and looking for people to ride with. Iam used to the race rocket bike. This is my 1st on/off road bike and I am very extited cause I love the out doors. Any way before I keep writing I just want to make sure I am actually writing to a person. By the way I am from Colombia south America.
  14. cidadebaixa

    cidadebaixa n00b

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    1º) Fine
    2º) I am not who posted "going to Brazil",
    3º) Congratulations for your purchase, you bought a very good bike, and beside it, this bike is offered in Brazil and then its maintenance is easy here,
    4º) Yes I am a person and I live in Porto Alegre, capital of Rio Grande do Sul, the most southern state of Brasil in the border with Uruguay and Argentina.
    5º) Take care, a little, and you will arrive here with no big problems. The worst are the customs, beside of course, the not so good roads.
  15. makinwaves

    makinwaves Long timer

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    Bump.

    Long time, no update. Hope everything is okay. Excellent ride report.
  16. mopulga

    mopulga Been here awhile

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    Buy the man a beer (see link) and you get a message that he sends out and links to his webpage ( he updates it more frequently)

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  17. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    I changed my photobucket account and resized the images, unfortunately on ADV that means that they are HUGE and I cant seem to resize them. I tried doing an update last night but at 4000x3000 pixels it doesnt work well.

    Here is an example, the first photo below is a guy herding horses on a bike in the Valle de Cocora. My dad flew down to travel for a week and rented a big bad ass F800GS and we put 1000 miles on our bikes in one week.

    The second one is my dad on the bike. Im going to change the settings the next time I upload photos but unfortunately I cant do anything about it until I upload more photos on a lower setting.

    Check out my website if you want to see where my dad and I rode last week. The next section I promise to write about on ADV as well.

    Cheers,
    Ryan

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  18. makinwaves

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    Glad to read all's well and how cool it must be to have your dad come do some riding with you!

    Off to your website now...
  19. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    I just realized I have a few from the first day, from my dads camera so her it goes.

    Part 1 of a week with dad.

    My dad flew in and we drank some beer:

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    I have been very impressed so far with the microbrews in Colombia, I didnt even realize that they existed here. Thats a nice change since CA.

    We went to the Botero museum and walked around the Candelaria. Our first day of riding was Sunday so after we got the bike, delivered to our door from Motolombia, we ate some breakfast, had some coffee and took off. I decided to book us some hostels so my dad could experience the dormitory life and we had good luck everywhere we went. No smelly backbackers, no people having sex, no surprise coke parties (its Colombia) just could clean comfy dorms.

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    Check out this espresso machine:

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    I also took him to moto heaven in Bogotá. its a must see if you are in the area, my dad took some good shots of it:

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    Oh yeah, before leaving we also did some light maintenance on my bike, some in Bogotá and the rest in Medellin.

    I noticed some corrosion in my spark plug caps, probably from so much coastal riding, so I had my dad bring some new caps. I also switched out the spark plugs and was happy to see really nice color, but I switched em anyways. I also finally got around to the relocation of my new Voltage Regulator, a must since I am headed for hot temps in the coming weeks. My dad brought me some screws and some brackets and things and helped me rig up a pretty sweet deal. Now the VR sits near the burp tank for the coolant and next to the air intake snorkel where it will cool much better. Oh and he also brought me a new radiator cap since mine didnt seal anymore. All set to go now.

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    Its been a while since me and my dad worked on my bike together.

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    The rest of the week with my dad is on my site.

    At the moment I am in San Gil, headed North. Heres a few shots of the last few days. In the next month I hope to explore the Caribbean coast and a few places inland. Should be lots to see.

    Bogotá to Barichara:

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    South of Tunja I picked my way through some side roads through Villa de Leyva and rode some excellent one lane farm roads, on and off road until I met up with the highway again and did the last 100k to San Gil. Just when i got back on the highway the valley narrowed, turned into a canyon and then the road rose up out of the canyon and over the side. Great views.

    I also stopped in Villa de Leyva again because they have excellent coffee. I found some poetry in the coffee shop, I love that about Colombia, art and poetry all the time.

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    Another bouncy road into Barichara

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    Barichara is on the edge of a cliff with awesome views

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    Remember that scene in the Jungle Book with the vultures? This reminded me of those guys.
    "whatchoo wanna do?" "I dunno whatchoo wanna do?" "I dunno whatchoo wanna do?"

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    I stayed at the Tinto Hostel, very safe parking on a nice street.

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    Sign reads: "Dont take Viagra, drink goats milk"

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    Here is me waitin for the bus for a little day tripping, Im sitting like this because of the goats milk, wasnt ready to stand up.

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  20. PorLaTierra

    PorLaTierra Por La Tierra

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    The last thing is supposed to be a google map, if you scroll it to the left and hit the link you should be able to see my route so far.