|10-31-2011, 11:07 AM||#11|
Joined: Nov 2010
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
Cimitarra, CO (230 kms)
Growing up in Canada it was not uncommon to grab your winter coat from the closet in the fall, reach into the pocket and find money you left there in the spring. *It's a great feeling. *Finding something that was a total surprise. *I intended to cruise right on through Cimitarra on my way to Medellin. *Poor navigating put me there in the late afternoon and the surprise this fall was this little town.
I pulled out of Chiquinquira's centre square at seven bells with the thought to ride a remote road from Barbosa to Medellin. *Before I went down that road I wanted to replace my tire plug glue that was taken at the airport during the bikes pre flight inspection. *When I stopped for the glue and some fruit by the roadway in Barbosa a crowd came out of the woodwork with loads of questions and just as many smiles.
Crowd around the bike in Barbosa, CO.
One gentlemen in the crowd named Jorge G insisted I wait for him to return before I left. *He was asking questions about my travels before he walked off and returned a short time later with a gift.
Jorge G dressing up the 'Ol Girl.
A crowd checking out the bike in Barbosa, CO.
To date in my travels I have not felt so comfortable and welcomed as I have in Columbia. *Columbian's are friendly, helpful and proud of their country. *Unfortunately, in an effort to help they will give you directions to a place even if they don't know where it is. *The 90 minute detour I had was unintentional but had me thinking I may not take the back road from Barbosa to Medellin.
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A police check later I was back on track returning to Barbosa. *The intersection I should have turned north at earlier in the day was about 100 meters from the spot the last person gave me directions. *The weather was sunny and there was still lots of daylight so I made the turn north to the town of Velez.
Police check near Olba, CO.
I stopped for a quick snack in Velez before heading over the mountains and experienced the second act of random generosity that day. *Rolando O. came out of the crowd that gathered around the bike and introduced himself as a BMW enthusiast. *He predicted a great ride ahead and left like the gentlemen earlier insisted I wait for him to return. *Ten minutes later he came back with a box of a locally made candy. *We shared some of the gift with the crowd before I rode off up the mountain.
Rolando O with a gift in Velez, CO.
The mountain pass was cold and the fog was as thick as I carefully navigated the deteriorating road. *When I began to drop into the valley north of Velez the fog cleared and the temperature went through the roof.
Dropping into the valley north of Velez, CO.
Family cooling off in the river near Cimitarra, CO.
I made a quick stop for a soda just north of Cimitarra at a cantina beside the river. *A store keeper and his friend were playing game that I had not seen before. *They threw a steel ball at a soft clay target that had two packets of gun powder on it. *The point of the game was not apparent to me at first, nor was the presence of the packets of gun powder.
I was a little startled by the 9mm pop each time it went off and the two guys playing laughed each time.
Store keeper playing a game roadside north of Cimitarra, CO.
I asked him if I could camp by the river and I'm sure he could have lifted a few bucks off me to do so but he insisted I continue into Cimitarra and take a look. *Twenty minutes later I was in a beautiful little town checked into a hotel. *The room was clean, quiet and cheaper then a six pack in Canada. *It had secure parking and was a two minute walk from the center square that was from a postcard.
I enjoyed a nice meal of fish and had a couple of cold beer listening to salsa music and people watching.
Fish for supper in Cimitarra, CO
Not since Chad B cooked up a meal of pickerel in Nunavut did a fish fry taste so good.
I predict I will throw the anchor out here for a bit and enjoy the hospitality and laid back feel of Cimitarra.
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