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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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    Next was Cartagena (Car-te-hay-nah), one of the exotic places we have always wanted to visit. To get there you drive along a narrow isthmus.

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    There are poorer villages out along here, and they were slash burning which is a challenge to see how long you can hold your breath for while driving.

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    Its not too often you see an anteater crossing sign.

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    Coming into the city you get a glimpse of the ancient walls of the old city.

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    Then you need to navigate the narrow crowded streets.

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    This place is very picturesque, from the clock tower to the statues, to the beautiful facades of the buildings.

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    The Plaza de Boulivar was a popular meeting place and there is a small free gold museum here ( air con!)

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    We walked some of the old city and of course stopped for Palettes.

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    Walking on the old walls you get a good view to the see the fort and the city.

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    The night views are cool too.

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    We did visit the Castillo de San Felipe to see the panoramic view of the city, explore the fort and all the tunnels.


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    We were lucky driving here and while we stayed, because it was partly cloudy which helped with the heat and humidity that can be horrible here.

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  2. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    So, do we have a verdict on Cartagena?

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  3. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well worth the visit!!!!

    Another Awesome place for you to check out....

    Stunning finca with great family run hacienda. Service is over the top.

    http://www.haciendaguayabal.com/

    near by really cool hot spring and waterfalls.

    http://www.termales.com.co/
  4. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well now we were up for an adventure. On Salvador’s suggestion we decided to make a side trip on our way west to the UNESCO site at Monpox or variably spelled Monpos. This place really is stuck in colonial times, and is WAY off the beaten track.

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    First there is the 60 km detour from the route to Medallin to the town of Manangue. Then there is the 40 min ferry ride. Last is the 40 km drive to the town itself.

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    Manangue is a crowded place where we figured the ferry had to be near the riverfront so we headed there. The interesting thing I find is that in these places if you are driving around looking for something someone always stops to help you. More often than not a guy on a bike will drive up and ask if you are looking for the Border crossing, the ferry dock, the highway etc and then drive you there.

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    With help we did find the ferry dock, which was loading shortly for the 40 min river ride.

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    Initially we were told to load the bikes, but then the boss returned and wanted us on last…off we go again.

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    Dan squeezed his “moto Grande in front of a truck and then wedged Lulu between his and the winch.

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    They loaded this thing like a zig saw puzzle.

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    Now for the river ride.

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    Next the 40 km to Monpox. The first few km are well paved, and then it deteriorates into paved in parts, and then gravel and finally dirt.


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    The town itself is said to be the best-preserved colonial site in the country. That night there was an incredible thunder and lightening storm that light up the whole town, shut off the power, and set off all the car alarms.

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  5. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Now we had to reverse our route back 100 km to the highway 25 and then west towards Medellin.

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    The town was a bit flooded. The storm made the way back out the next day a bit more of a challenge on the dirt, but now mud sections.

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    We arrived for the 10 boat, which of course had left at 930 so we waited for the 12.

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    Dan made a few friends while we hung around.


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    Loading the boat was easier than the steep muddy ramp appears.

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    We were very glad it was not too hot out pouring for the 40 min ride back.

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    All the locals were dressed up in Football colors for the big game against Chile tonight. They had their bikes, their cars, and them selves decorated.

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    Huge gatherings of bikes were getting ready to watch the game at local bars.

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    We didn’t drive as far a we had planned do to the 2 hour delay for the ferry, but we arrived at just after 4 in a nice looking town and stopped at the nicest looking of the hotels. We got a nice clean room with fan and air con for 20$. Walking up the road we stopped at a small “bar” to watch the game. Initially at half time Colombia was down 3 nothing, but came back to tie and advance to the World cup. Let the party begin. It is custom here to leave the empty beer bottles on the table. so the waitress can keep track. If you want to but someone a drink you just take one of their empties to your table. The locals here as everywhere in Colombia are extremely friendly. Several people came and took bottles from our table and one gave us several shots of Red Label Johnny Walker. We were all celebrating the Colombian football team together.


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  6. NomadicOne

    NomadicOne Adventurer

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    Awesome adventure so far! I'm another Canadian (from Toronto) riding to Tierra del Fuego and taking the ferry to Antarctica. I landed in Medellin on Monday and will probably take off for Cartagena on Saturday and do the loop clockwise (Cartagena, Barranquilla, Santa Marta, Bogota) before heading for Ecuador. Maybe I'll catch up with you two at some point and ride Peru and Chile together?

    I'll go through your posts in more detail to figure out where to stop/stay and what to see in my travels in Colombia.

    Safe ride and hopefully see you two on the road soon!
    Wei
    Medellin, Colombia
  7. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hello TOO!!

    That would be great. What date and ship are you taking to Antarctica? If you want any details re our route/accommodation etc you can PM me or email us at daniel@worldwideride.ca or sara@worldwideride.ca. You will love Colombia and Colombians. Sara
  8. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    The rain over night was very heavy, but by about 10 was a drizzle. We stopped by R2R moto to drop off a sticker and have a photo op. Unfortunately this was a statutory holiday and they were closed.

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    The day was spent in and over the mountains, and it was mostly raining, which sucked.

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    We stopped for a drink at a small restaurant and this Daniel stopped to talk to us and he was so excited about our trip!


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    There was a truck that drove off the road and blocked the highway in both directions. When we came upon it there was a line of cars several km long.

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    We of course drove to the front like the other almost 100 bikes. We had perfect timing! 5 minutes after we arrived the police opened the road to let oncoming traffic go for 5 min and then let us get thru.

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    On the other side of the accident the cars were lined up on the 3 spur roads, and they stretched for several km on the road were on.

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    Letting about 100 bikes thru at once was a bit chaotic, but this meant that other than bikes there was no cars or trucks to pass for almost 80 km.


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    We arrived in the town of Chinchina (Chin-Chi-Na) on the advice of Claudia and Ingo and stayed at a nice family owned Hacienda Guayaba. www.haciendaguayabal.com The service here is 5 star. The setting is stunning.

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    Jorge advised us on a route thru the area for the day and for getting to Cali and avoiding Pereira the back way. He also suggested the Hot springs at Santa Clara. We set out under cloudy skies for the back roads thru the coffee region.

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    Stopping for gas we checked out the local fashion for riding boots. This is my view as a pillion.

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    The road thru Marsella was paved at one time and it is still in patches and it twists and turns thru the stunning scenery.

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    This is really a picture post card town. These old gents agreed to a picture.

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    We then headed to the hot springs at Santa Clara. The road half way from the town is paved and it has white arrows painted on it that say terminales this way.





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    The waterfall here is so perfect it looks man made.

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    You can cool off in the falls and then soak in the hot pools.


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    Back at the ranch we were welcomed home like old friends.

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    That evening three British girls Fiona, Helen, and Lucy who were an absolute riot joined us.

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  9. CourtRand

    CourtRand Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Nice ride! Be sure to find FREEDOM when you get to Quito, Ecuador. We'll be happy to help you with the best routes here and to source anything you might need for your bike. We also have a freedom sticker for you!

    Hope to see you soon!
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  10. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We will look you up for sure. The road from Cali to Popayan and then to Pasto is blocked again today. We are lucky we were delayed in Cali for tires or we would have left yesterday and gave been stuck in the middle of the protest. Who knows it was a month last time! We are hoping it's only a few days.

    Cheers

    Sara & Dan
  11. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Starting out in the rain from the Hacienda we were sad to leave, but the rain did not last long. The drive is scenic and the only 4- lane road we have been on so far.

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    Arriving in Cali we headed for the famous Casa Blanca Hostel and Moto shop Motolombia run by Mike and Diana.

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    Fellow rider from Alabama and Casa Blanca guest Armando welcomed us. It’s not every day you meet a rider who was born in Ushuaia.

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    The hostel is in a great location for travelers and bikers especially. Mike at Motolombia can help you out for sure. Just up the street Sammy at Motoluxury has all you lubricantes and for us good quality chain lube for cheaper than home.

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    We settled in and relaxed.

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    The next day was moto maintenance. Bold tightening, power washing, and inspection. Daniel had planned to change our tires from Huston in Santiago, but looking at his they will not make it.


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    Ok look up tires on the internet and get the address from the GPS. Then drive all the way across town to the address, but no shop. Heading back in traffic we luckily made a wrong turn, because when we were coming around the block Gabriel drove up beside us on his 1150R and said “do you speak Spanish?” I said no English, and he switched to English and said “ do you know where to go in town for BMW?” Long story short he suggested the exact place we were looking for Astrias motoroservico, and stopped to give us direction and several other contacts and connections. Thank you so much!


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    Funny story in the end the Asturias shop is 3 blocks from the hostel. This is where all the BMW work in town is done by Jorge and not at the BMW dealership. They were very helpful and called the Heidinau distributor in Bogota and had the tires shipped the same day.

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    Another great contact that Gabriel gave us was Alain, who just happen to come by the shop when we were there. He has been up and down South America many times.

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    I decided that I was sick of restaurant food so we whipped up a good home cooked meal.

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    Since we are stuck on this side of the protestors we have to find something to do and North of Cali. Today we headed out towards Darien and around the lake. Following the GPS initially we detoured for a bit off road, and then we did it the old fashioned way and asked directions and had to back track to the route around the mountains to the lake.

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    We took a side trip to the town of Restrepo for a snack and a cold drink. There is a nice church here.

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    The route around the lake is very windy and scenic. We waited out a short rainstorm at the postre stand on the side of the road.

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  12. decodent

    decodent CyberGypsy

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    Wow ... GREAT pictures! The waterfalls look amazing. As always, enjoying the experience vicariously. Keep 'em coming!

    ~Doug
  13. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Hey there!

    Not much exciting here stuck in Cali. Really hoping the army steps in to clear the roads tomorrow. If not we could be here for a VERY long time. If they don't open tomorrow we will head back north to Salento and then to the coast at Buenoventura.
    This is really cutting our chances to get on the Solar in Bolivia before it starts to raining December ��

    Fingers crossed

    Sp
  14. NomadicOne

    NomadicOne Adventurer

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    Tough luck Sara, hope the blockades clear up soon!

    I'm still in Medellin (a moto shop is working on repairing the breaks on my front panel carrier and side fairings where the windshield mounts). I'll head up to Cartagena/Barranquilla/Santa Marta before looping back down to San Gil/Bogota and heading for Ecuador. I heard there might be blockades on the road between Medellin to Cartagena too on HorizonsUnlimited but have no idea if it's still there. Will see in a day or two hopefully. From TMK, looks like the road between Medellin-Bogota is clear.
  15. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    We did a trip to Beunoventura overnight last night. The roads are all open as of today. Go to Barichara for sure. See you south!!! sp
  16. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well the road South to Ecuador did open monday afternoon, so we headed out tuesday morning. At the police check just before Popayan they told us we would have no problem, but that the locals were going to block the road again in the afternoon. With the blockades and a big accident on the 25 in the mountains there was lucky for us very little traffic. We made it to Pasto finally.

    Sara
  17. salvadorfrieri

    salvadorfrieri Been here awhile

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    Guys, I hope you enjoyed Colombia. Now I feel left behind. :cry
  18. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    Well quit your job and sell everything like we did and RIDE!! xo

    sp
  19. SS in Vzla.

    SS in Vzla. Totally Normal? I'm not!

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    Another ADVRider in Venezuela signing in on your RR. I'm in Caracas.

    If you want to come here, drop me a PM and I'll gladly help with border crossing information, waypoints, GPS Maps, route suggestions, etc.
  20. Saralou

    Saralou Worldwide Rider

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    That would be great! SP