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Old 02-10-2013, 06:41 PM   #140
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Medellin to Salento

Mihai and myself had a big Friday night in Medellin while Pawel was a good boy and caught up on his blog. It wasn't suppose to be a big night, just a few drinks our last night in Medellin. In retrospect I think Pawel made the right call knowing we had to ride the next day.

3 random pics from the night. This cool urinal

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And one quick shot at a place called street shots! We did not get the flaming shots but took in the show.

On the road much later than planned. We had to stop by a couple of moto shops to say bye to some new friends we made in our week in Medellin. Photos taken and good luck wished. Then we were off like a three legged turtle. As soon as we actually got moving out of town the rain started. Rain gear on. Over the pass out of Medellin it turned to fog and heavy rain. This was becoming almost un-fun pretty fast. Throw lots of big trucks into the mix and 2 of the 3 of us were ready to call it a day only about 100k south of Medellin. It took over 2 hours to get that far. We checked into the Mi Rey and felt like kings. 39000 pesos a night. about 22 US.

2 big pools really cool cabins separate from the hotel. We just stayed in the regular rooms which were also very nice. There were only 2 other guests that we saw in the entire hotel. It appears that this place was built with drug money back in the hay day of cocaine and is slowly deteriorating now. There are tennis courts, basketball and the property in big with lots of sculptures.

So the next day were are off at a reasonable time to Salento. More great mountain roads and amazing views. The weather was really overcast and gray but we managed not to get rained on too much.

A cool town that we drove through. Notice the bull fighting ring. The soccer stadium is just to the left out of the shot and there are coffee plantations in the hills. This town captured what a classic mountain town seem to be about. Lots of towns like this that are clean and seem to be doing well.

another angle

About an hour outside of Salento we say these mini-bikes and couldn't resist!

8 laps of no hold barred fender banging and elbow bashing!!

Got it all on GoPro and working on getting it down from almost ten min to just a couple. No one raced with us so we were allowed to do whatever we wanted. I think the other guys were intimidated b/c we had our own helmets and padded ridding pants. They did know that we came there on "big motos"

After the race, sweated out and dirty but damn happy. It was an absolute blast.


A guy in the race after us took a big spill over the bars and got speared by his bike. He walked away but really drove home that something this fun would be allowed in the states. Maybe with a waiver as long as your arm but here you just hand over 6000 pesos and go for it.

Having dinner with some old friends in Salento.

Cool restaurant with some old cowboy stuff on the walls.

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