From Salento, we headed to Medellin on Rt. 25. Unfortunately, this section of road is one of the many in Colombia that are currently in construction. I would really like to come back in ~ 3 years and ride some of these roads again, after the construction is over! There are going to be a lot of nice, new roads about then. But for now, the country is making a huge investment in infrastructure and that makes driving sometimes a nightmare. What should have been 4 hours of riding turned into about 6, due to the many stops with flagmen along the way. And it was hot - and stopping in full gear in 90+F temps is no bueno. We finally pulled into the "Hotel Mirador de Pipinta" just after sunset (violating our 'never drive after dark' rule) and were so happy to be off the bikes. As usual "the couple from the United States on motorcycles" were a topic of interest, and the owner, Ivan, was very keen to talk with us. He had a friend, Andrés, who was staying there who is a professor in Manizales, Colombia and spoke English well enough. Andrés gave us an alternate route for our next day's journey into Medellin that avoided much of Highway 25. I had seen the route on the map, but it was a small road up into the mountains, and I had no way to know if it was a one-lane dirt track or a paved road. With the assurance of a local to give me confidence, we took this route the next day, and it was just wonderful. No trucks, few busses, and best of all, no construction! Andrés also invited us to visit him in Manizales on our way to Cali once we were done with Medellin. We saw the "Pare"a lot on this route. Level of construction we experienced on this section of 25 was similar to what we saw on our route to Cartagena Typically we would come upon a line of stopped traffic, and if we could, we'd filter up to the front with the other motorcycles and scooters. Then at least you get to get out ahead of the trucks. Here we are "hangin' " with the other motos, waiting for "Pare" to turn to "Siga" At the Mirador de Pipinta with Andrés, left, and Ivan & Pilar, the owners, at right. The next morning Andrés showed us the observation deck at the hotel. It is a beautiful location, and we ended up staying there a second time, and I have more photos I'll post later. We highly recommend it. One of the little villages that Andrés route took us through on our way to Medellin from Pipinta. We stopped at this stand along the way, and bought some "Guarapo", a drink made with fresh squeezed sugar cane and limes, served ice cold. It was hot out, and it was delicious. In the background you can see the young man with a machette processing the sugar cane for the press. The view along Andrés route - no "Pare"- just "Wow!".