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Old 03-18-2008, 09:38 AM   #61
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Lovin the RR, keep it coming!

Colombians are great people, I've met heaps of Colombian friends here in Montreal. They all say the same thing "You HAVE TO visit Colombia!"
Believe them. They're right.
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Old 03-18-2008, 12:56 PM   #62
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Fantastic story and dialog. I can't wait for more! Thank you.
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:23 PM   #63
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Fantastic story and dialog. I can't wait for more! Thank you.
Hey drrags, thanks for the encouragement. I'm just realizing that at this rate, this is going to be a 100-page report. I'm not sure what I've bitten off here. Stay tuned...

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:02 PM   #64
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Here's GPX file of the section from Villeta to Valledupar.
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:08 PM   #65
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And an image from Google Earth of the track.

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Old 03-18-2008, 07:00 PM   #66
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I did an Alaska RR last year and it took longer to write the report than it did to do the ride. Over 1,000 pics, too. I think any of us that have done a ride report appreciates the time and effort that goes into making one. We appreciate it even more when it's in a place few of us have been. A great report like this one can never have too many pictures or be too long.
Keep going!

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Hey drrags, thanks for the encouragement. I'm just realizing that this rate, this is going to be a 100-page report. I'm not sure what I've bitten off here. Stay tuned...
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:35 PM   #67
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I did an Alaska RR last year and it took longer to write the report than it did to do the ride. Over 1,000 pics, too. I think any of us that have done a ride report appreciates the time and effort that goes into making one. We appreciate it even more when it's in a place few of us have been. A great report like this one can never have too many pictures or be too long.
Keep going!
OK, how can I say "no" to that?? Plodding onward...
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Old 03-18-2008, 07:36 PM   #68
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At about 4:15 a.m., I was disturbed in my sleep. As I cracked one eye open and looked around I thought "this can't be happening". It seemed like half the village was already awake! Shyte! What was going on?! Why would everyone already be awake at this hour? After a few confused moments, it became clear that this was normal. I exercised my guest privilege and rolled over and ignored it. I'm not an early riser at the best of times. Then at around 4:30 a.m. someone started shouting, "get up lazy people, get up!". I'm thinking "I'm going to send a noise complaint to City Hall". Well, there was nothing to be done about it, and when in Rome... well you know the rest. It seemed that starting at around 4:15 a.m. people started getting up and heading to the river 20 minutes away for their morning wash. I dragged my butt out of bed and stumbled around for awhile as I woke up. (Stumbling around in the dark seems to be becoming a normal mode for me) At some point somebody shoved a cup of coffee into my hand. That helped a lot. By 5 a.m. there was a bit of dawn glow in the sky above the mountains. There were still a few people heading out to the river so I joined a few local guys and picked my way down to the river behind them:


A long exposure helped me get this shot of the river:


Here's a bit of video of the walk and the river:



Amiga was at the river a little bit longer with the women and got this shot:


And also posed with one of the local girls:


The Arhuacos washed themselves and their clothes at the same time. I think they were a bit amused as I teetered on my tender feet in the river while washing myself. In no time we were done and headed back to the village 20 minutes away. By the time we got back, the Arhuaco's clothes were almost dry and the sun was painting the village in a morning glow:











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Old 03-18-2008, 08:19 PM   #70
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+ 1 - Pictures of the little village are fantastic !

About how many people live there?
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:04 PM   #71
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Thanks Alan. The "magic hour" of morning light makes it easy even for me.

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+ 1 - Pictures of the little village are fantastic !

About how many people live there?
Well, strangely, this isn't actually a village where people live. It is more like a communal gathering place that they come to every couple of weeks. The people actually live in small subsistence farms in the area around the village. When we were there, there were a bunch of people in the village building new houses. I'm guessing there were probably 100-200 people living in the surroundings within 3 or 4 miles. In total, there are about 40,000 Arhuacos.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:31 PM   #72
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100 pages would be about just right!
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Old 03-19-2008, 09:35 PM   #73
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Great job on the report. I can't wait to see more!
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:50 AM   #74
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I just embedded a YouTube video above in the section where we're walking down to the river.
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