Tierra del Fuego — LIKE EXCITED HORNETS Planeta Rica, Colombia 28 November 2018 Miles: 1,586 No photos, sorry. Just some observations to share. Today, at long last, Salsa and I have started our longest dance south, riding for 213 miles out of Cartagena. We’re now in rolling foothills. Cattle country, with vast ranges lining the roads, and interesting “caution, crossing” signs: for cattle, horses, ant eaters, sloths, monkeys, and crocodiles! Tethered alongside the roads: burros, horses, and goats. Wandering beside them: chickens, dogs and cats, and people. Many homes and shops are a mere 10 feet from the edge of the highway. In the pueblos and on the highway, motorcyclists swarm about like excited hornets, darting in and out of the traffic regardless of the “rules of the road.” Double yellow, no crossing lines? Don’t apply to these riders! A long line of stopped traffic ahead? Just ride past them, in the oncoming lane. Soon enough, I must confess, I was doing exactly that, too! In particular, working my way to the front of a mile+ long line of stalled vehicles, stopped due to an accident. My hotel room for tonight cost me 40,000 pesos, or about $13. It has the essentials: a nice clean private room, a shower, a toilet with a seat, air conditioning, a TV, WiFi, and a secure place to park Salsa. What more do I need? And I must add: Salsa seems to be enjoying this longest dance! Already she has figured out the rhythm of the road. And already she’s feeling excited, like a hornet!