Miles 205 Total 16,684 On the road at about 8-15 and, with no city to get out of, we made good headway and the roads were good. Half the miles were covered by 11-00 so we stopped for breakfast/lunch in a small town where it was still hot and humid. As soon as we left there we started climbing, the road surface deteriorated and the number of large trucks appeared to increase but that could have been due to them moving slowly. Overtaking them was interesting/challenging/stupid.......take your pick...as it was usually on a hairpin bend. trucks often came around the bend heading for us on our side of the road !!!!!!! There were a roadworks with long lines of stationary traffic whic had clearly been there for some time as bus drivers were asleep in the luggage area under the coach and truck drivers sitting around making coffee etc. we were able to ride straight past them to the front and even go through the zone while they were working. As expected, the temperature and I was chilly for the first time in ages. It rained for about 15 mins on the down hill section but the views overall were stunning with little chance to stop and take pics. I, therefore took a few while riding with the old camera which was handy, hence they are mixed up a bit. We entered Medellin, as usual, during rush hour, and once we fought our way through the traffic found our destination.......The Shamrock Inn....an Irish bar, owned by a Scot who owns a KTM and a Norton commando. This place is well known to bikers travelling through Columbia and the accommodation is reasonable with pictures of old triumphs in my room. Jonas & Hector are staying in a hostel a few doors away as they will be staying with a friend here for a week or so. Had a couple of Fullers IPAs which I asked to be warmed up (Brits like their beer cool not cold) and they helped me sleep. A 71 year old Argentinian who lives in the US and is travelling by scooter joined us and I will pick his brains as he knows the roads south of here. The Argentinian walked me to a few bike shops to find a new tyre which I eventually had fitted. He negotiated a cash discount and, although it does not have quite the aggressive grip of my existing tyre, it is a better road one. I will carry the old rear with me as it still has up to 3k left. When I returned to the bar an Ozzy guy (Shane) we met last night said he would show me the way to the ski lift which go to the top of the mountain overlooking the city. I did not realise that is was mainly for the commuters who live up the sides of the mountain. The views are impressive and ride over the shanty area (which is huge) and incredibly busy. Shane works in Mauritania but comes here to see his Columbian girlfriend, who we met and returned to the bar for a few beers n food. Tomorrow, south !!!