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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    Nanox14

    We would love to, but our plan was to head from Barichara to the coast of Colombia. Daniel and I will for sure reconsider, especially if we have a local ADVer for advice. Thanks for the shout out!!


    Sara
  2. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    On Saturday morning Salvador’s offensive against Girag began with calls starting at 730 am. We finally got a person on the line after 15 calls at 915. They told us there were 3 motos on the plane, but could not tell us if they were our bikes and the Mexican couple or the three Honduran bikes. AGHHHH. They cannot tell us which bikes the Girag in Panama sent on the Girag plane to Girag in Bogota until the plane arrives and they look at the manifest.

    Luckily we had plans for the day, which included a drive to the countryside and 4x4 rock crawling with Salvador’s ORV club.


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    The TMK stayed with Salvador and we hitched a ride with Jamie….issues to follow.


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    Locking up the wheels.


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    Now for some good clean family fun!


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    The views from here were spectacular. There is a reason Jamie’s truck did not make it to the top of the hill after we hit a big rock. These about 3 foot tall shrubs are Espeletia or Fraylejon are found in Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador at higher altitudes and take about 200 years to grow that tall.


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    Photo below courtesy of Two Moto Kiwi

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    These Colombians sure know how to picnic.


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    Heading down Daniel got behind the wheel too.

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    Now for Salvador “ lets go down the hard way”.

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    On the way home we stopped at a finca for some Strawberries and cream and founds some friends there. At 4 pm we called back to Girag and found out that YES the bikes of Senior Pedersen are on the plane and were told to be there at 5 pm and that for sure we could get them tonight. The bigger question is WILL THEY START? Stupidly in the 40 plus degree heat in Panama City we forgot to disconnect the batteries 5 months ago!!! Lets hope the Deka stand up to their claim of a 1 year hold on the charge.


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  3. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    There was some serious excitement on the way to the airport, but some stress also since we stupidly in the 40 plus heat last may 2 nd we had forgotten to disconnect the battery leads on the bikes before they went into storage for 5 month. We had just put in Deka batteries, which claim to hold a charge for a year, but we had the clocks drawing power.

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    We were so lucky to have Salvador to deal with the Girag bureaucracy for us. We arrived at 5 as were advised, but were told that there was now way we could get the bikes today and that we should come back on Monday. Salvador would not stand for that, since the boss had assured us earlier on the phone that we would get them today. Now the guy says that they can’t do it because the customs is closed, so we should come back Monday. We told him they are open until 10, then he says actually they are open 24 hours OMG! We then called the boss lady whom assured us she would sort this out in 5 minutes.


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    Fast forward 6 pm we are in the office and the guy wants us to go and get photocopies of our passports, when he has a copier 3 feet from him. We had spare copies as we always do. Finally he gives us the waybills so we can head across the compound to the DIAN office for the bike importation. This was a breeze and took about 15 minutes.

    Now back at Girag they say OK come back in 30 minutes. Fast-forward 7 pm and we return to find the Import guys had gone for coffee. Luckily the Girag staff called them back before Dan and Salvy had a fit. Next the official wants you guessed it photocopies of our passports, which we had already given them. “That was for the guy upstairs” he says, so we hand over another copy, his next excuse is he wants a copy of his own Girag waybill, that we have in triplicate. He finally agrees to make a photocopy himself; we are not sure why he did not just take one of the triplicates.

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    Next we need to wait until the entire shipment is unloaded before they will release the bikes. Finally they allow Daniel to get the bikes!


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    Now the moment of truth will they start!!??



    Heading out from Girag at almost 8 pm, glad we shipped our bikes by plane for sure, but glad never to see them at Girag again!

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  5. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    The moment of truth!



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  6. seabiker

    seabiker Adventurer

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    Wow, inspirational. Love your photos and the places you've managed to get to already. Will be following your travels. Ride safe!
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey Seabiker

    Glad to have you along on the ride! Colombia is the bomb! Cheers.

    Sara & Daniel
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The boys headed out for a day on the bikes and the girls spent the day walking and working. On Sundays several main arteries of the city are shut to cars for walking, biking, and rollerblading on the ciclovia. It is packed with people and vendors. The full house service was just letting out when we arrived.


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    We were able to see inside the recently closed bull-fighting ring. There is a big controversy here in the city regarding the banning of bull fighting.


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  9. BcDano

    BcDano One Lucky Dude

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    <style> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0cm; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page Section1 {size:612.0pt 792.0pt; margin:72.0pt 90.0pt 72.0pt 90.0pt; mso-header-margin:36.0pt; mso-footer-margin:36.0pt; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style> I’m sending out a big thanks to Salvador for getting the boys together for a great ride complete with mondo pollo asado for lunch. Heading out of Bogota Salvador, Andi (the kiwi) and I got to experience some lane splitting Colombia style. Picking up a few more riders we got off the main highway and up into the hills. Before long we had arrived at the country home of Juan, who is our host for the day. In true Colombian style he ushered us into the house for a monster breakfast and a warm welcome. Filled both with food and fuel it was time for day’s tour to begin. First though we needed to make a quick stop at a tire repair shop to get one of the amigos V-Strom tires patched. Next it was off into the hills alternating between the beautiful dirt and glorious tarmac twisties. The day was a huge success. Many thanks to all the guys on the ride and most of all Salvador and Juan for being such great hosts and guides. I was having such a great day riding that I only had time to take just these few pictures.

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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now the work starts. We have to sort out and pack the bikes again to hit the road. Luckily we had the covered parade at Salvador’s apartment to deal with all our stuff.



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    The TMK were there to send us off in style and Ellen managed to get a few pics of the departure. Heading out of Bogota at 10 am was a good move; because the normally bumper-to-bumper crawl of traffic was very heavy traffic, but flowing well.


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    The trip took us just north to the town of Zipaquira (zee-pa-key-Rah) and a visit to the Cathedral de Sel.


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    The salt mine has 3 levels and the miners 200 years ago mined at the site of the present Cathedral. The previous was closer to the surface and seeping groundwater caused instability of the cavern there.


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    The size of the main Chapel is amazing. They actually hold mass here on Sundays, and it is apparently packed on high holidays. There are also smaller chapels for regular Sundays.


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    The massive “stone cross” is actually an optical illusion and is a cut out in the rock.


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    The other optical illusions are reflections of the crosses using darkness and light.


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    There is the very shallow water pond that reflects the ceiling, but looks like a deep cavern.


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    The salt carving of the tree has taken 7 months so far.


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    The school kids were far more interested in us and getting in a photo with us then the tour they were on.


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    There was also a very cool “ecolight show” set to music in one of the huge tunnels.


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    And the best part of Daniel’s day we found really good ice creams.


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  11. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Wow ... cool pics. The ones of the cross are amazing. It's like they swapped out positive and negative space to achieve the effect.

    Cool to see that you're "on the road" again. Looking forward to more pics and tales from your adventure.

    ~Doug
  12. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Yes the cross looked like it was "carved" from the salt, but actually the cut out is light for effect. Was very cool. SP
  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The ride father north is very fun and curvy. It is a great time to use the coms to help the second bike pass trucks on blind corners. We had been skirting a huge black cloud pouring rain and lightening all day until the last 5 km to Villa de Leyva. This is a small town with adobe and white -wash houses with red tile roofs set in a spectacular valley.


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    Riding out the back way from Villa de Levya the road was variably unpaved (but great gravel), paved, and paved at one time. The later being the worst due to the potholes. We had another EPIC days ride thru the mountains to reach the town of Barichara. This place is so cute and clean it looks like a movie set. These guys keep the streets clean.


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    There are several picturesque towns on the way and we stopped in one for lunch. Yes I know actual stopping AND eating, we must have learned something from part 1 of the trip. We had a fresh blackberry smoothie, 3 empanadas of egg and cheese, and strawberries and cream 7,000p or $3.70 USD. See I told you I am going to start looking like the painting.

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  14. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Walking along the ridge you can see the lush valley below from the Mirador. Again this town is so tidy.

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    The graveyard here is really colorful, I have a thing for cool looking cemeteries.


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    There is the large Cathedral here and several smaller churches. The ones on the hillside all have very sloped floors.



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    The entire town is flagstone streets and adobe packed earth houses with white washed walls and red tile roofs. There are very few cars here, but there are a couple of Tuk Tuks to get the locals up the steep streets.


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  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The next day we went out on Dan’s bike two up for some off roading.


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    The Barichara-Guane Road heads south and then you turn east at the “Hotel Danny” sign for about 25 kn down the mountain side on switchbacks to the valley floor and then up the other side to Galan before you see the “hotel”.


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    There is a nice stone church here in this sleepy mountain town. To keep you cool for the long Catholic service the breeze blows thru the walls.


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    Next we headed farther up the road to the next small village of La Fuente. Here we stopped for a coke and a chat with Horatio who at 60 has 11 kids, 5 grandkids, 2 great grandkids, and 1 great great grand kid.


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    Riding another 24 km down the road we arrived at Zaptoca.


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    Here we headed out of town or so we thought according to the GPS. We ended up on “ roads” in the pineapple plantation that after 30 min ended where a house blocking further passage. At 430 we decided to retreat and again followed the GPS to Mesa Los Santos, where there is a road, but by then at 530 we decided not to risk going down a dirt track at 530. So another 100 km back track got us home at 730 in the rain and dark exhausted. Daniel did describe the switchback here as THE MOST EPIC RIDE EVER!

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  16. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    Man, I have to go there!!!!

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  17. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Just saying!

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  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We are making for the north east coast at Santa Marta but with the super curvy roads and truck traffic this is a two -day drive, with a stop half way in Aguachica.

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    For the most part there was not that much traffic and passing the huge semis on the curvy roads is a bit of a thrill. The views are stunning.

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    There are always a few unmarked hazards…..or donkeys!

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    The best place to pass a bunch of trucks is at the tolls where motos go free and bypass the line too.


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    We stopped for a lunch of roasted pork, chorizo sausage, blood and rice sausage, and yucca.


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    The army here “ guard” the passage by road, it is mandated that they give you thumbs up sing that the road is safe. Can you imaging doing that all day to every vehicle. Ten years ago it was completely unsafe to travel here, now life is business as usual.


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    There are a few larger towns on the way and the main roads tend to dump you into the hectic center of town.


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    We decided to stop riding at about 3 pm so that got us to Aguachica.

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    We stopped for gas and asked the guys there for a good hotel. It was quite an amusing Duck talking to Chicken conversation with our bad Spanish and there nonexistent English, but we all had a good laugh. The directed us to the Morrocoy, “you know it’s an animal like a Tortuga”. It was a friendly family place with a huge secure parking lot for the bikes. . We walked around the town and ended up as usual at Dan’s favorite a Pollo rostiazado place. This end of town was hopping with at least 10 bars all blasting different music. Luckily near our place it was silent.

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  19. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,932
    Location:
    July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
    After a good night’s rest we headed out at 830 am when it was already 29 degrees. Thank God for our gel neck bands they take off about 5 degrees and make an unbearable 40 into a not so bad 35, especially at speed.

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    The 300 km north took us 4 ½ hours with the slowing for truck passing and topes for the military check points on the secondary roads.


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    We did see a few new design ideas for the next generation of Touratech Zega Pro Panier systems.


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    After toll booth the next best place to pass long lines of trucks is at the speed bumps entering and exiting towns, except when there are crowded with vendors.


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    Dan is chilling with his highway pegs.

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    When we arrived in Valledupar it was 35 degrees and we were so glad to get out of the crowded streets and into a Hostal with air con!


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  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

    Joined:
    Feb 19, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,932
    Location:
    July 22, 2012 start RTW from Vancouver, B.C.
    Next we really wanted to visit Santa Marta, because of its historic significance. It was founded in 1525 by a Spanish conquistador, and it is the oldest existing city in Colombia and it was the first Spanish settlement in Colombia, and second oldest of South America. Simon Bolivar “the liberator of Colombia died here in 1830. We decided not to take the short direct route, but to go the long scenic way round taking us temptingly close to the Venezuelan border.

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    There are a lot of police and army checkpoints, but none have stopped us. Mostly there is just some rope or a tire on the road to slow you down.

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    This guy was the first and all he wanted to do was shake our hands and welcome us to Colombia.

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    This is Dan explaining Yo hablo solo un poco de Espaniol, pero me esposa es major. (I only speak a liite Spanish but my wife is better.) Then they both looked at me and laughed! He asked how we liked Colombia and we said for motos its’ amazing.


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    Driving along in the middle of nowhere you come upon these roundabouts…so weird. Also in the middle of nowhere a paved divided bike/walking path.

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    This put a new meaning in motorbike!

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    As we got further east and north towards the coast the landscape was more desert like with sand and cactus.

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    We needed some gas and decided to have “an experience” as Dan says so we bought cheap Venezuelan gas from a guy on the side of the road for 3.24/ gallon. At the station regular gas is 4.73 or more.

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    On the way to the coast we had to go thru a few bigger crowded towns in traffic and 37 degree heat with humidity. At one point we had to make an emergency stop at Mc D for 20 min of aircon and a coke.

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    Finally we made it to drive along the Caribbean sea where there were tons of banana plantations.

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    We stopped at a small roadside fruit stand for a snack and a cold drink. As usual the bike draw a crowd. Colombians are super friendly and very interested in our adventure. This guy was laughing at my joke in Spanish!

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    Here we stayed in a funky Hostel with a massive room. We ventured down to the old city and the Bahia. Here there was the obligatory Bolivar Square with his statue.

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    This is where it all started when the European boats sailed into this harbor to the New world!

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    The architecture is very colonial. This church was the previous site of Bolivars tomb; he was later moved to Venezuela.

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    The statues of the indigenous are portrayed with huge hands and feet to symbolize their strong hardworking nature.

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