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Old 03-15-2013, 07:55 AM   #1621
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Here I am waiting at the 3 rd delay.
I was mad at the lady directing and stopping traffic. I was at the front of the line of trucks and cars. She opened up the road and I had my helmet off and by the time I got the bike started, about 20 trucks had passed me and I had to follow them down the mountain at 10 miles an hour. I was able to pass some of them though

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Old 03-15-2013, 07:56 AM   #1622
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:00 AM   #1623
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Life is short...you never know when it's your time

I came up on some stopped traffic. I split lanes to the front of the line. The back up was over a mile long. Splitting lanes on these narrow roads is no easy task, especially with such a big bike and a heavy load. Those tires are up high and make my bike really heavy.
I got to the front and it was not road contruction this time.
It was an accident involving a bicycle.

Here's a couple of pictures of the wait .



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Old 03-15-2013, 08:04 AM   #1624
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Keep in mind that this traffic jam was over a mile long.
I got up to the front. I saw the police doing an investigation of the accident. I got there just in time to see these guys in Haz Mat suits pick up the pieces of this poor guy and put him in to a plastic bag. There were big pieces like legs and a torso. But his head and arms were just a mush of parts. It was really gross!!!
And when they opened the road, it turned in to a race with about 200 other motorcycles that made their way to the front of the line. Of course I won the race as I had by far the fastest bike around



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Old 03-15-2013, 08:12 AM   #1625
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I made it to Armenia at just after dark.
I had dinner in town and then went looking for a hotel. I was hoping to camp but it is hard to find a place to camp in Colombia. camping is something new here since there was a fear of being kidnapped until recently. It was also raining so I wanted a roof over my head.
pulled my bike over on the side of the rroad to look at my map. A car pulled over to ask if I needed help. I told him that was looking for a hotell. He said to follow him and I could stay at his house.
I said ok.
What the hell
What could possibly happen?
I am in Colombia. It's safe here now, right?
Well, I got to his house and I was able to pull my bike thru his front door and park it in his living room.
I went and got some beers and we showed pictures all night of the places we had been. And we used the computer translator to communicate.
I had a nice sleep and he even made me breakfast in the morning.
I am staying here later than I expected because it is raining outside. am using his computer to update my blog/
I feel that 99% percent to the people in this world are good honest people. You just need to watch out for that 1 % but don't let them from keeping you from seeing the good in the 99%

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Old 03-15-2013, 08:13 AM   #1626
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Edweird so stoked to see you having a good time. Your earning it!
Totally dude
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:09 AM   #1627
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I made it to Armenia at just after dark.
I had dinner in town and then went looking for a hotel. I was hoping to camp but it is hard to find a place to camp in Colombia. camping is something new here since there was a fear of being kidnapped until recently. It was also raining so I wanted a roof over my head.
pulled my bike over on the side of the rroad to look at my map. A car pulled over to ask if I needed help. I told him that was looking for a hotell. He said to follow him and I could stay at his house.
I said ok.
What the hell
What could possibly happen?
I am in Colombia. It's safe here now, right?
Well, I got to his house and I was able to pull my bike thru his front door and park it in his living room.
I went and got some beers and we showed pictures all night of the places we had been. And we used the computer translator to communicate.
I had a nice sleep and he even made me breakfast in the morning.
I am staying here later than I expected because it is raining outside. am using his computer to update my blog/
I feel that 99% percent to the people in this world are good honest people. You just need to watch out for that 1 % but don't let them from keeping you from seeing the good in the 99%

Great to hear that you are back on the bike and in good shape. I am really impressed about the miles you already have on your tires, thinking about getting some of them as well the next time. Whenever you find the time have click on my ADV Name i have posted some new videos, from these two days we didn´t have snow here in march.
Take care and go on riding/writing
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Old 03-16-2013, 06:58 AM   #1628
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The Police

They are
Corrupt
You can't trust them
They will take you money
Those are the things you usually here
Especially from non travelers
Let me give you a different prospective

Yesterday I was trying to find a specific hostel in downtown Cali Colombia.
It is a town of about 3 million people.
The streets and signs didn't make sense
They are always lots of police in these towns.
Sometimes on every corner
So I stopped and asked for directions
To my surprised, he jumped on his motorcycle, let his post and said to follow him.
So there I was, getting my own, personal police escort thru the city of Cali to my destination.
Every time you here a story about the police taking money from someone, 99% of the time it's because they did something wrong. Maybe they were going too fast or whatever
And if they take a bribe then consider yourself lucky.
Its just the way the system works down here sometimes.
And you get off cheaper that way in the end anyway.
The whole time I have been traveling, I have not been asked for a bribe.
But I am heading in to Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia soon. So my feelings may change.
And if they do, I will give you the full report (hopefully with pictures).
Is everyone still with me?
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Old 03-16-2013, 07:35 AM   #1629
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Is everyone still with me?
Certainly, carry on!
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:02 AM   #1630
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Yip I am still with you. Judging by the responses on your RR, I am one of about a gazillion others. I check up on you every morning first thing when I turn the computer on. Keep the excellent photos and text coming.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #1631
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Yip I am still with you. Judging by the responses on your RR, I am one of about a gazillion others. I check up on you every morning first thing when I turn the computer on. Keep the excellent photos and text coming.
That is sooooo cool
Thanks for the feedback
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:12 PM   #1632
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Yip I am still with you. Judging by the responses on your RR, I am one of about a gazillion others. I check up on you every morning first thing when I turn the computer on. Keep the excellent photos and text coming.
And so do I, only a few more times a day
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Old 03-16-2013, 02:44 PM   #1633
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Lalo,

Keep the pics and words coming. Good job
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Old 03-16-2013, 04:07 PM   #1634
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Still with you too! Enjoying your report a lot. Be safe out there.
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Old 03-16-2013, 05:13 PM   #1635
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Southern Colombia is the least safe part in Colombia right now. And that's where I am right now. But safe is a relative word.
Honestly, I have never felt unsafe the entire trip (except for maybe one time in Mexico).
Just five or ten years ago, it was considered unsafe to travel around thru the country, except in and around the cities.
But the police and military have really cracked down on the gorillas and kid nappers here.
The is a huge police and military presence here.
The southern part was the last to be made 'safe'.
The military is there along the road every few miles. And when you drive by, they give you a thumbs up. Not just to me because I have a cool motorcycle, but to everyone. It is there way of saying.......they have everything under control and it is safe to travel now in Colombia. And of course, everyone gives them a big thumbs back.
Now if they could just do something about the crazy drivers here.
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