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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Oisin, Nov 9, 2009.

  1. Oisin

    Oisin Adventurer

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    gone.
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  2. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Thanks for the link to the beautiful slide show... Please come back and post some pics here when you're back from your adventure :thumb
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  3. markhas

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    I am now haunted! No more please, I'm leaving...
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  4. lostmarbles

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    great pix Oisin:clap
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  5. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Wow! I watched the vids before reading the text and thought to myself, "man, the dude is determined...", then I read what they were offering...holy crap!

    :topes
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  6. Thorne

    Thorne Sherpa-ing around

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    Wow..............:eek1 ....
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  7. lburners

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    Wicked report ! Like nothing I have read on here thus far.
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  8. Oisin

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    still got 30 countries to go so should be a lot more of it! :-)
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  9. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    That's quite the adventure! Hard to believe those roadside "toll" videos! :huh

    Thanks for the continued updates and detailed reports!! :thumb

    :lurk
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    JoeyBones Encouraging Entropy

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    Hooked. Subscribed.
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  11. Oisin

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    I woke up the morning knackered...there was a mangy hound (4 legged type) howling outside my window all night...and i knew there was mosquito's feasting on me so I was scratching like a dog with a dose of fleas all night. On top of that I've had a serious dose of the ringaskiddies (aka the Trotsky's, the cream buns, ring burn...) .... not kidding for 12 hours I didn't let the bog out of my site....I've been getting 6 seconds notice...sorry to labour the point.... but at one stage i thought i was going to take off and fly to Tokyo.

    When I was certain my innards were a vacuum I left San Gil and headed towards La Dorada again, which completes about a 2000 mile loop of Colombia.... its a great place to jump off to many different locations in the country, and from here I start to head to the south..... the video above will give you an idea of what I'm talking about. I reckon I'll do another 2000 miles here before I leave.....like i said in an earlier blog...its the size of France, Germany and the UK combined so your going to clock up the miles touring here.

    I had to go back north to head west if that makes sense and it took me back through the mountains passes again and with the early morning light it was like driving a completely different route.... absolutely gorgeous!. After getting lost in Bucaramanga for about 30 minutes I was heading south following the banks of the Rio Magdalena.

    The weather was roasting all day and the going slow as its a bank holiday weekend in Colombia and the roads were choc a block with people travelling for the weekend.

    I got to La Dorada and booked into the same place I stayed about 8 days ago and the woman and about half a dozen others came running out to me asking in Spanish...how was I ...where did I go...was I enjoying colombia....and even gave me a bottle of water to cure the throat. It didn't stop at the usual pleasantry's it went onto where was I going on the whole trip... where was I from... what's the political situation in Ireland... all in Spanish!...and this is to a guy whose spanish is so bad that only 2 nights ago he ordered chicken and rice and got a stew! They literally racked me with friendly questions for over an hour!...and didn't take the no entiende...they just kept rephrasing till I got it....... jesus i'd some throat on me after it....as I write I'm on my third Beer getting over it! :-)

    As it happens theres a girl walking around just in front of me with a thong bikini covered in a sash and she's walking up and down like someone waiting on a train.... I've nearly poured the beer into my ear about 3 times at this stage. On top of that theres a heap of women in the pool all singing... I cant get the story of the mermaids calling the ships onto the rocks with they're singing out of my head.... that's how I'm spinning it to myself anyway.... they're mermaids Oisin...as soon as you get in the pool they'll drown you and use your John Thomas for shark bait!

    Over and out
    Oisin




    <strong> Pictures I took today are uploaded here </Strong>
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  12. Oisin

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    If your squeamish/easily offended just skip to the second paragraph...

    I've been sick as a dog for the last 24 hours...and paradise right now would be a dry fart. I've been lorrying back imodium...how long does it take for that stuff to start working!!! I've been making buttons on any seat I sit on.....been clenching my arse cheeks together so hard.

    I warily went for some grub this morning... I'd taken some pills so said I'd chance my arm. I walked into the breakfast area where there was a very stern faced woman standing. I smiled at her and asked in Spanish... Breakfast here? She just looked at me... so I repeated it with a por favor attached and she pointed to a seat and vanished. About a minute later she came back and starting fixing up some of the tables. I was sitting there biting my nails wondering whether or not any grub was going to show up ....and how long it would be before my next rectal detonation.

    As my teeth rounded on one of the nails I looked up and caught her glance....which pretty much said..."Dont even fuckin think about spitting that nail on my clean floor mister"...so I just put it in my back pocket....where i'm proud to say it now has 9 other brothers and sisters.

    Anyhoot It had been about 14 hours since I'd eaten so given there just couldn't have been anything bar an odd tape worm in my system I said I go out and see the city. The most famous statue in the city is of Simon Bolivar, and its called the Bolivar condor. When I first saw it I thought it was demon or something.... its a breathtaking statue. Simon Bolivar just in case you didn't know is credited with winning independence from Spain for Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Panama, Peru and Bolivia.... hes as big a national hero as George Washington is the US or as Gazza is in England. All the shops have the Christmas decorations up... I know they're probably all the rage back home but it seems so weird to see Santa Claus in Colombia.....

    I did about 5 of the tourist hot spots before I was getting chamber alarms downtown so I jumped in a taxi for the longest ten minute taxi ride of my life....while managing to keep a smile on the outside.... inside i was saying..."oh holy jesus will you drive the car...drive the car faster you bastard...oh my god I'm gonna blow out an O-ring..... oh jesus hold on Ois...just hold on....." I got into the hotel...and burned up the stairs running just from the knees down.....and here I've sat all day...

    Oh its an exciting life...but I've a copy of the Mona Lisa here to keep me company...

    anyway...time to starve myself....long road tomorrow...

    take care
    Oisin

    <strong> Pictures I took today are uploaded here </Strong>
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  13. tastroman

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    I probably do not need to tell you but make sure you drink a lot before you head out for a day long ride in the heat as you are probably already a little dehydrated after your bout with dysentery.

    And I forgot to mention that I am thoroughly enjoying you ride report.
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  14. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    The change of scenery is stunning! Thanks for the pics, videos and report updates :clap

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    Looks like the start of a great story, what happened to Geoff ?.
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  16. Mileater

    Mileater Been here awhile

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    Oisin, thanks for filling in a little gap :clap it is good to catch up on the history of this ride and you write it very well indeed :deal Feel free to fill in any other gaps :D

    In for the duration and thanks for taking us along for the ride.

    Cheers :freaky
    Allan
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  17. Dilligaf0220

    Dilligaf0220 Miserablist

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    Baa haa haa awesome stories so far!

    Note to self, if you ever travel around the world with someone else make it an Irishman :rofl
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  18. tastroman

    tastroman Long timer

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    No matter how bad you think it sucks, just realize you are not stuck at work reading about someone elses adventure like the rest of us poor soles.
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  19. Oisin

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    your probably right...but when your in the middle of it....it sure sucks!
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  20. BigKev72

    BigKev72 ANZAC

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    Loving this ride report Oisin. Thanks for posting it mate, best of luck to you on the ride.
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