Deaf Rider's solo journey exploring Americas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by WhicheverAnyWayCan, Jul 14, 2016.

  1. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Feria de Manizales 2017 & Salamina

    I met with Jose and the gang at gas store at 5am south of Medellin. We were going to ride down to Manizales to check out the festival, Feria de Manizales.

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    I stayed at Hostal Kaleidoscopio and the owner is a very sweet lady. I reserved my bed on December 23rd via hostelworld before Colombia government voted to pass increase of tax so when I asked how much to pay because I couldn't remember what the remaining balance was and was a bit surprised when I was told to pay 40,000cop. I told the owner I thought it was around 25,000 and she checked the reservation then apologized profusely that it was a minor error and I was lucky to reserve the bed before increase of tax, which was in effective on the day I checked in. Lucky me!

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    I recommend Hostal Kaleidoscope to motorcycle rider although it doesn't have secured parking for motorcycle but there is motorcycle parkimg cross the street you won't have to go far. Only 10,000 cop a night.

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    Street cleaner after the parade, which I caught the last part of..
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    Jose holding the selfie stick
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    I love festival foods!!

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    You will notice they use bolango as hamburger beef
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    I forgot what it is called but they use sour milk and add meat then bring it to boil for certain period of time and it becomes me sweet to eat. I sampled it for 1.000 pesos and it was good but later the sour milk taste came to my mouth I had to get something to drink to wash it off.
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    Continue in next post
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  2. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    I decided to sleep in so I didn't join the group to visit couple of places and they end up taking so long I had to check out of hostal one hour past their checkout time. I told them I would meet them somewhere between Manizales and Salamina as there is only one way to get there.

    My GPS stopped working the day before so I had to use map.me on iphone and you can use it to navigate without cellular service. It guide me through some slum area and end up on a one lane bridge, which is pretty cool..

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    A nice small waterfall
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    Jose and Sergio passed me and my moto not noticing me but no worry because Jose is still learning how to ride it was easy for me to catch up and it didn't take long for me to. Later they decided to stop for a drink and I noticed my chain was loose for the first time since chain was installed in Seattle.
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    And road had some nice scenery
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    Hotel Colonial, 30.000 a night including compliment breakfast.
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    And private banos
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    Went out to the patio to have my SPOT send out OK message and saw working crew taking down christmas decorations.. made me cringe
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    We decided to have a coffee before our dinner and the first coffee store we decided to go was actually first house of the town built by the founder of the town in 1890's. The guy talked us into taking museum tour for 3.000 pesos so why not!?

    The bed and quilt is over 100 years old. I don't recommend having sex on it.
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    Got a wish?
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    Old espresso machine
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    Anybody remember this?? I sure did!
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    After the tour finished, we went into coffee store and we decided to try something different. Our coffee was made with fruits added to our coffee. The flavor was a bit odd but very interesting!
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    So we walked around the town.. I noticed animal manures and I was told they actually use it to make stucco to cover the building. No, really! Seriously!
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    Next day, we return back to Medellin. What we didn't know is that the road were bad from Salamina to La Pintada. It may be about 35 miles but it would take us about 5 hours to reach La Pintada. I probably can do it for 2 hours or less but Jose has 90% on road tire and he has girlfriend on his bike so it was very understanding he went very slow. I was literally rolling down rough gravel road on neutral with my bike off :lol3 Sergio said I could ride ahead and I would but I pointed out that I prefer not because if Jose or Sergio fall down, I am here to help. So I stayed with them and ride patiently with them. We got back to Medellin around 5:30pm and Jose was so exhausted he was in bed by 7pm. We had a lot of fun these three days! If anyone want to have offroad fun between Medellin and Cali, I recommend this road!
  3. irvfr

    irvfr Been here awhile

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    Glad to see that you made that far.
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  4. MichaelKLR

    MichaelKLR n00b

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    I am deaf/HH from PNW, as well. How many other Deaf riders here? Subscribed!
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  5. RoaringTodd

    RoaringTodd Adventurer

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    I'm Deaf - from Philly... and not dead.
  6. Abenteuerfahrer

    Abenteuerfahrer Deaf on Wheels

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    You meant "deaf" riders, he,he...dead ones cannot ride, duh! I(we) who are deaf but have since 3 years ceased my travelings via m.bike. Ken was my first deaf co-rider doing part of the TAT. Great guy!! Hardly any deaf ride adventurously like we do. Most simply follow the Harley Davidson routes---asphalt and hit bars. I used to post many of my adventures but no longer do it as we have substituted traveling in a Sprinter Van instead due to our dog.

    cheers...
  7. STBNE

    STBNE Yamaha ADVenturer

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    With the exception of myself and one other deaf friend in Boone area of NC all NC deaf bikers are harrd core Hardley Davidson fans... to them nothing else exisits...I am happy for them but being a HD pirate is dumb and mindless ..theres more to riding than poker runs and charity toy drives...YMMV
    BTW love your ride report..the archetecture is beautiiful..love the churches...
  8. Cal

    Cal Long timer

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    How has the black pepper radiator fix been working for you? I am not deaf but have 50% hearing loss it runs in my family.
  9. tkach

    tkach Been here awhile

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    Great read, good luck on your next leg!
  10. it's just rain

    it's just rain Adventurer

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    Its been almost a month, were did he go?
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  11. smalley

    smalley n00b

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    Does anyone know if he's ok?
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  12. ChrisUK

    ChrisUK Been here awhile

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    Hi Ken
    Just spotted your RR. Looks great. It was great meeting you last year at Garry's in Mexico City. I'm back in the UK now.

    The other inmates
    Ken has posted on FB recently, so I deduce he's just fine. I'm sure he'll post here again soon.
  13. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    The last I heard he is back in The States and will go back to Colombia later this year to continue South.
  14. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Hello from North Carolina! Yes, I am doing fine. In March, my grandma fell and broke her hip, and my mother was dealing with serious vertigo issue so I had to go home to help out. Grandma, 84, is doing fine now but has recently stopped eating almost as if she has lost her will to live so not sure what's happening with that. My mother is still dealing with vertigo and recently visited Vestibule Rehabilitation to start therapy. If not better in a week then start surgery (rehab was required by insurance for approve to get surgery). In meantime, I have stock up new parts and stuff ready to go to Colombia at end of June if things doesn't get worse. My sister is a school teacher so she should be available by the time I head south. Thanks for checking in!
  15. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Worked ok for me until I got bike to Mexico City where inmate garrydymond host me for few nights and got radiator fixed by a local radiator shop. So far, all good here in Colombia.
  16. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Hello from Medellin typing at Starbucks @ Oviedo Centro Comercial. I just got here from Migracion office extending my visa and now I have to wait until about 6:30pm before heading out to meet my girlfriend who will finish work at 7pm to go to her brother's mountain cabin 40km outside of Medellin.

    I took a nasty spill when I travel on Trampolin del Diablo (Devil's Trampoline) and despite agonizing in pain, I pressed onto Ipiales where I had reservation with hotel and end up in Clinic that night. I returned to Medellin by bus August 20th, and been staying at my girlfriend's brother's mountain house since.



    I will catch up with RR. I have returned to Smugmug account and fixed most of the photo issues due to change in policy with Photobucket. Another issue is that with Smugmug, I find that I am restricted to 10 photo per entry so that make it challenging to fix old entries.
  17. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    I arrived to Colombia on June 25, 2017 with plan to spend some time with my girlfriend. The plan was to hang around Medellin until early August(Feria de las floras) then start second leg of the trip south to Argentina. While my girlfriend is at work, I had time to explore places I wanted to visit and update my new Garmin Montana 680 with free map and waypoints. I'll give details on how I did it in this entry. Oh, did I mention that I got my MacBook fixed? It died two days before I started the trip and it has been challenging trying to use iPad so I am happy to have my MacBook back! Turned out to be a bad file on the OS and I had already saved everything before I start the trip it was not a problem to format and re-install latest OS for free at Apple store.

    I started the trip with Garmin 62CSX but I am 42 approaching 43 in October. At 42, people's eyes start to change and that was the case with me. I was having trouble reading small text on 62 series I had to buy Garmin Montana to replace the one I lost so I could see better. With Garmin's S America map on MicroSD card that went defect within 2 months of using it, I decided I was not going to pay $100 for another Garmin's S. America map which is missing few countries anyway. I downloaded map from http://garmin.openstreetmap.nl and uploaded it into Montana without issue. Also, I use iOverlander app on my iPhone and iPad. It is great app to use for traveling especially when overlanders share many places (lodging, restaurant, gas store, warn of corrupted police, warn of bad crime, etc). Information is updated every few weeks depending on who contributed. Website here: http://www.ioverlander.com I spoke with the developer there and downloaded their GPX file from their website:

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    I added the waypoints to the Montana using Basecamp and here is the result with my GPS:


    If you touch the location, it will give you details about the place and if you want to go there, just press GO and it will calculate to navigate you. So far, I am happy with the result without glitch.

    I marked all the places I am hoping to visit on Google Maps. : https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?hl=en&authuser=0&mid=1Dl0aTA2rpGmd74NUaoVUWkZNdXs&ll=-20.5930147314186,-61.061215800000014&z=3

    One place that is not on the list is Machu Picchu. Unfortunately, rules has changed. Effective July 1, 2017- Hiring approved tour guide is mandated and you can no longer carry your camera or use your cellular phone to take photo of the place. It is unclear if they will have professional photography to take picture of you with MP in background, but being deaf and all, I felt that it will not be money well spent so I decided to remove it from the list. However, the rules is "temporary" and will end December 31, 2017. I may still try to visit the site when I return to Colombia from Ushuaia at later time. Who know?
  18. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Claudia and I did few trips.

    We went to check out Bridge of Occidente, which is a old one-way wooden bridge that is suspended with cable wires. It was interesting to check out.
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    We went fishing at fish farm:


    I caught 7 trouts in 30 minutes and they cleaned the fish then I paid by the weight, which came to 26.000COP ($8 something USD)




    We went to Salento for the weekend. Checked out Valle de Corona



    Found this quote at the restaurant in Salento.


    Then it was time to go get my moto. I left it with my Colombian friend, Jose, who is a doctor. He rides a 2015 Honda CB500X with ABS. He hopes to travel around part of the world someday! He took good care of it while I was gone and I didn't have any trouble when I picked up my moto. Start up just fine.

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  19. Throttlemeister

    Throttlemeister Long timer

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    Glad to see you got back down South again. Looking forward to see if you make it to the colored river in Colombia. I was flying on Aviancia and saw the seat back display showing these unique places in Colombia and that colorful river was the only one I had yet to go to. Last time I was down in 2015 I was on a rental bike from Mike in Cali after getting denied entry to Venezuela, they had advised at that time to stay out of that area of Colombia. I should have went anyway, seems now they are taking tours there now. Will be on my list the next time I go back to Colombia.

    Safe travels amigo, watch out for those death roads lol
  20. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    In USA, when August is just around the corner, we know that mean many bikers swarm to Sturgis for one of world largest bike bash. Well, during the same week, it is Feria de Las Floras (Festival of the flowers) in Medellin and people from all over the world come to Medellin to see the flower. Price for plane ticket and hotel can be slight high during these time. There are many activities scattered all over Medellin in 10 days and a lot of concerts (in spanish).



    The seƱor giving lecture how he made flowers into this box. I forgot what it was called. :(


    And I give it a try. You put it on your back and the band around your forehead. If you are part of the parade to show it off.. one with the most beautiful will win prize.



    We checked the garden growing many flowers, which is used for the festival.



    Claudia and I went to Jardin de Botanic to check out many flower decorations: