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Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by rtwpaul, Jul 18, 2012.
Where is " Juan, the BellMaker"........
it was kind of like that once i got a few blocks off the main track
if this help to keep things up to date. we crossed here today 15/01/2013. The cost for bike insurance now is $30
Dazzer and Leigh
i stopped outside Bogota in a small town called La Vega, reason for that was finding somewhere in the city with secure bike parking, having been to Bogota before i know its kind of crazy with a population around 9 million, New York and Mexico City are the only two cities north of here with bigger populations. So a small town was an easy option
i head straight to the cargo airport and met up with Veronica Mosquera Lyn Cargo, she had all my paperwork prepped and ready, just a few signatures from me, my bike waited...BTW i had to get it steam cleaned before i brought it here US customs are getting difficult about dirty bikes being flown in i was told, not as bad as Australia but getting that way, you are warned
once i was cleared to go into the building i was told to ride thru a door to get the bike weighed, the room i rode into could have been the scene of a very low speed accident that would have caused a lot of damage. The whole floor was cover in rollers, as the tires went over them the bike slipped from side to side, putting my feet down i had no firm footing, and BTW it was a freezer so the floor was a little icy, because where i had to weigh the bike was where the flowers and fruit comes in and out of so its for storage too, about 50 yards long
you cross the yard to do custom clearance inside the building in the distance
and this is where the bike is held waiting for a police inspection that happened about 1 hour later, the cop that did it spoke good english and i stood there and watched him open my bags and smell everything, he didn't find the odor he was sniffing for he told me he can smell cocaine :huh, closest i had was coco powder for hot chocolate
once he was done i paid my money over $880 for the bike to go to Miami (there's a $40 clearance fee at the other end) and hopped in a cab with one of Bogotas Mario Andretti cab drivers and was in the Candelaria section in about 10 minutes and to my new digs for a few days, Hostel Sue 2
Bogota isn't my favorite place in Colombia, big and dirty and the thing you notice around the downtown area is the amount of graffiti EVERYWHERE
but also there are murals everywhere too, does one breed the other and make them both acceptable????
has anyone thought about doing a RTW on an off road segway?
cops on horses controlling traffic
but after a few hours walkng around in the smog of downtown my throat was seriously hurting, every street vendor that i heard talk had a croaky voice and now i understood why, on the way back to the hostal i looked up to the church on the hill above the city and you could hardly see it for smog :huh ...thats all for South America for now
Thanks for sharing, what a beautiful place!
La Candelaria is not really the best part of town. Is like going to the Bronx and thinking "Well this isn't like the New York I've seen in the movies" (which is normally Manhattan). It's just the city's center.
Most moto overlanders stay in La Candelaria because of the cheap hostels, (or because it is the only place you normally find info for lodging, which mainly comes from the backpacking crowd, which IMO for the most part, are looking for CHEAP places to stay and drugs)... it is NOT a nice part of town. Yes, there are a lot of interesting things close by and there is a "certain vibe" about the place, but you could easily visit La Candelaria's "attractions" (like the colonial streets and left-over architecture, the Gold Museum, the Plaza Bolivar with the different governmental buildings around it) in one day while you return to your hotel in the posh part of town (the north of the city).
That being said, it is a BIG city and as with all big cities, if you don't know your way around, it is not easy finding the good places.
If you are still in Bogota, take a cab to the north of the city. (Or take the Transmilenio and get off at the Estacion Virrey).
For example, take a walk to the Parque El Virrey (Calle 87 carrera 15). Zona Rosa is within walking distance (calle 83 con carrera 12), get into the Bogota Beer Company around 5:00-6:00pm there and have a beer (or several) while you watch the local talent (which is plenty and top notch).... There's a nice Irish pub close by also, but the beer at the BBC is better IMO (and there's more variety).... If you walk to calle 93 con carrera 12 you'll find Parque de la 93 (all within easy walking distance of each other)... lot's of nice bars and restaurants and "people watching".... There are lots of other nice areas, with pretty homes, clean streets, very nice and expensive malls with everything you might need, etc but since you don't have much time left in the city (if you are still there, that is), a stroll around Zona Rosa and Parque de la 93 might show you a (very) little glimpse of the nicer Bogota.
Save travels amigo. Hope your problems are solved quickly and painlessly enough so that you can continue on your RTW asap!
Nice! If only the inventor of the paint spray can could see the unintended consequences of his invention.
Thank you por compartir this great AVD'er. Can't wait for the encore!
i agree with what you are saying, i know there is more to the place than i saw, i just think its a shame that a city founded in 1538 with so much history behind it that the people that live there don't sem to have any respect for the pace at all, i watched people throw trash on the ground, kids doing it with their parents watching and they do nothing, i even saw some guys graffitting a wall at night, and watched the cops just walk by, nice areas are nice but the worse areas need to be looked at as well
i think i just really didn't want to be there, i went by the Gold Museum each day and every day there was massive lines and something happening that i couldn't get in...i guess a few beers would have taken the edge off too late now though i'm already in Florida riding north
looking at the graffitti it just made me think about Las Vegas' former mayor, i lived there for twelve years and it made me think about this - oscars opinion of what to do with graffiti artists click the link
greg there's plenty more to come once i get my shit sorted out ASAP, stay subscribed
What happened about Cuba change of plan was there a change of Plan ?
TOTALLY agree.... Specially after seeing the hard work they put into cleaning Lima's city center, which just shows that it CAN be done. (and maintained)
Stay warm amigo and watch out for those icy patches!
"Forced" change of plans.
Check out his post # 767
Good luck with your shit sortin'. Hope all goes well. Thanks for the effort to share here Paul - awesome photos, sense of adventure, attitude, whole deal. Inspiring. Keep on keepin' on!
Loving the photos! A few quick questions (mostly photo related) if you don't mind. Do you carry and use a tripod? Do you think it would be a mistake to consistently carry my Canon 60D in a tank bag on a KLR650 (MN to Buenos Aires)? I'm concerned about vibration and theft. Also, would you recommend carrying extra gas? I notice you do this. Thanks!!!
i actually carry two tripods, one of those tiny little ones about 6 inches tall in my tank bag and a big one in my saddlebags, i use them very rarely but when you need it you really need it, depends what kind of photos you are looking for
I have the DSLR in my tank bag, i put a layer of soft rubber in there about 3/4 inch thick then i also put my flip flops in there that way its sitting on about 1 1/2 inches of padding so i haven't had any problems, as for the theft issue, when i get off i take my tank bag and then everything else on the bike is locked, mine turns into a back pack
i do have spare gas cans, 99% or more of the time they are empty, but because i had been south before i knew there were areas that i may need them and as they are hard to find in some countries, so i bolted them on, i would use the rotopax if you have a place to mount them, very good solid design
Thanks - really helpful info. I appreciate you taking the time to respond. Safe riding! - Jay
Hey Paul, hate to hear you are having to detour back home, I've been following for a while, great report. I live on the east side of Birmingham AL, if you are coming thru on your way back you have a free place to stay here. I have a spare bedroom, garage to park your bike and tools, tire changer, etc if you need to do any maintenance. Got plenty of deer meat in the freezer if you give me notice my girlfriend and I will get some deer chili going in the crock pot for dinner. I'll pm you my contact info.
Ride safe and stop in if I'm on your way. Would love to hear some stories and have a toddy with ya.
Ha, I'm thinking I have you mixed up with one of the other guys I'm following on another ride report. What can I say, I have "oldhymers"....your home is in LA right? Oh well, if you ever need an overnight spot in B'ham, the offer stands.
Hope things get squared away quick.
i have sent you a PM