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Finding Freedom...World Wide Ride

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BcDano, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Will do tonight as Ellen is making us Sushi! :D

    SP
  2. adv4life

    adv4life All weather rider!

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    Hi Guys, Just had a good old read and I am more then jealous! I tried to find out your long term plans with maybe coming over to Europe as I am based in Southern England and if/went you make it over hear I would love to maybe meet up for a ride out and a chat, maybe show you some of the sights. Hope all is well and keep riding safe!

    Harry

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hi Harry!!

    If it goes according to plan we will be in Britian next Spring, but you know how plans are! Love to have a tour guide and a beer. Sara
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    So we last saw the Two Moto Kiwi (TMK from here on out) after we had just left the famous for its massive cinnamon buns Braeburn “lodge” just outside of Whitehorse. We were headed to Dawson City and they we headed back. It was cool and raining. As we passed each other we said in our minds “hey that’s the TMK…should we turn back, no we will see them again soon”. That said more than a year later we did finally meet again in Bogota, where fellow ADV riders Salvador and Paola are hosting them. We had to go out of course for Andi’s Birthday.


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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Spending the day wandering around the Candeleria district or old city we strolled its narrow cobbled streets and into the Plaza del Chorro de Quevedo, which is the historic center of the city. The rest of the downtown area of Bogota has a Soviet era feel to the buildings.


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    There are all kinds of interesting design details to see in the old town.


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    In many public spaces they have these police kiosks. On the streets there are many police, especially at night. They have walking police patrols with huge muzzled dogs.


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  6. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Friends that have done this trip say you go through Central America to get TO South American, meaning South America is their favorite. Really looking forward to hearing about your experiences and seeing your pics.
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well so far I would agree. Epic ride today thru the mountains with amazing roads and scenery. The people in this country have been universally super friendly, gracious, and helpful. The best today was finding that motos go free thru the tolls as long as they fit thru the far right and sometimes very narrow lane. It can be a bit sketch for LULU as the curb/barrier on each side of the lane can be quite tall and I could clang my very low panniers. No issues so far though.

    We are off to the north east coast near Venezuela.

    SP
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Botero Museum is also located in the Candelaria area, and houses part of the private collection of the most “Colombian of Colombian artists Fernando Botero Angulo. His works feature a figurative style, called by some "Boterismo", which gives them an unmistakable flair. His art is a stunning to see and the exhibit includes paintings and sculpture housed in a restored old building with wood floors, fountains, courtyards, and free admission. :clap:clap


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    The next stop on the WWR walking tours was the main Plaza de Bolivar and Cathedral Principal.


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    Leaving the square you go thru several layers of security as you near the Presidential Palace. There is a beautiful grounds surrounded by an honor guard.


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    Heading back out thru the secure zone we spotted this amazing church façade.


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  9. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    I've lived in downtown Bogotá for the last year and a half and haven't seen a lot of the details you guys captured with your lens. I think I need to walk around slower...

    Have fun in Villa de Leyva!!
  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Your city and country are stunning. The people are so friendly! There is NO TRASH on the ground! Motos go free on the tolls! This may be heaven.

    Hugs to Paola!

    SP
  11. Two Moto Kiwis

    Two Moto Kiwis Homeless Somewhere

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    WOH HOH .... glad you guys had a great first day out (alone)

    So cool finally meeting you guys and cheers for all your help with the filter etc.

    Enjoy Colombia the place is absolutely mint in every aspect. :clap

    See you in a coupla weeks :clap
  12. Mcreviver

    Mcreviver Adventurer

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    I'm guessing the artist has met Rosie O'Donnell.



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  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes for sure. I am hoping I don't start looking like this riding, drinking beer, and eating empanadas !
  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    So glad to finally meet you two in person. We are loving it in Barichara after an epic days ride. Food here almost as good as Ellen's.

    SP
  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The Gold Museum or Museo del Oro displays the world’s largest selection of its pre-Hispanic gold work. It is well with the 3000$ pesos or 1.60 USD entry. The displays have English descriptions that describe the objects as well as the intricate processed by which they were made. You do not go to too many museums where the doors to the galleries are vaults.



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    Bogota is a very cosmopolitan and lively city. Our hosts Salvador and Paola took us out on the town to a 6- story bar/ restaurant. This place was packed on all levels and decorated in a very kitsch style. They give you VIP crowns and welcome to Colombia sashes. Even the beers come with decorations. When you leave they give you a grab bag full of different sweets.


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    We had some great traditional Columbian food and Paola introduced us to a new cocktail made from rum, fresh lime juice, and Canada Dry ginger ale….YUM! The men stuck to Scotch.


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  16. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    That was so fun!! You gotta love Andrés DC...
  17. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    You guys missed a great dinner tonight, courtesy of the Two Moto Kiwis... Check out the Pavalova!

    I'm really sorry, Dan, evidently you can't have a slice. :ricky :rofl

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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Salvador

    We had an epic 9 hour ride yesterday, riding down the switchback gravel to the valley floor and up the other side to Galan, La Fuente, Zapotoca, Mesa Los Santos, and back to Barichara via Bucaramanga. Pics and video to follow!
  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The following day was Friday when we were supposed to pick up the bikes shipped the day before. We had half expected the news when we phoned Girag and were told that the bikes were not shipped as promised. Luckily for us Salvador was even more distressed than we were, because he immediately launched a campaign of phone calls all day until he was assured they would be sent on the next Girag flight on Saturday.

    Without the trip to the airport today we decided to walk north in the city to the National Museum. On the way we found several delicious snacks.

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    At the museum there was a special temporary exhibit of ancient Greek pottery, as well as the museum’s collection of Colombian artifacts and works of art.


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    We were invited by the TMK for Ellen’s famous sushi for dinner.


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    We then had the “official sticker and card exchange” for TMK and WWR. Paola then got out her favorite t-shirt.


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  20. nanox14

    nanox14 Adventurer

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    So cool that you guys area in SA now, I was just wondering if you guys are going to come to Venezuela, If thats the case you will have to cross my city San Cristobal which is next to the border near Cucuta so if you guys need something just let me know, it would be nice to meet you. some nice routes here. or are gonna head south into Ecuador????.. keep having fun guys. safe travels.