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Old 10-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #301
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Nice

So cool that you guys area in SA now, I was just wondering if you guys are going to come to Venezuela, If thats the case you will have to cross my city San Cristobal which is next to the border near Cucuta so if you guys need something just let me know, it would be nice to meet you. some nice routes here. or are gonna head south into Ecuador????.. keep having fun guys. safe travels.
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Old 10-04-2013, 03:40 PM   #302
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San Cristobal

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We would love to, but our plan was to head from Barichara to the coast of Colombia. Daniel and I will for sure reconsider, especially if we have a local ADVer for advice. Thanks for the shout out!!


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Old 10-04-2013, 03:54 PM   #303
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4x4 rock crawling Colombian style

On Saturday morning Salvador’s offensive against Girag began with calls starting at 730 am. We finally got a person on the line after 15 calls at 915. They told us there were 3 motos on the plane, but could not tell us if they were our bikes and the Mexican couple or the three Honduran bikes. AGHHHH. They cannot tell us which bikes the Girag in Panama sent on the Girag plane to Girag in Bogota until the plane arrives and they look at the manifest.

Luckily we had plans for the day, which included a drive to the countryside and 4x4 rock crawling with Salvador’s ORV club.



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The TMK stayed with Salvador and we hitched a ride with Jamie….issues to follow.



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Locking up the wheels.



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Now for some good clean family fun!



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The views from here were spectacular. There is a reason Jamie’s truck did not make it to the top of the hill after we hit a big rock. These about 3 foot tall shrubs are Espeletia or Fraylejon are found in Colombia, Venezuela, and Ecuador at higher altitudes and take about 200 years to grow that tall.



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Photo below courtesy of Two Moto Kiwi


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These Colombians sure know how to picnic.



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Heading down Daniel got behind the wheel too.


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Now for Salvador “ lets go down the hard way”.


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On the way home we stopped at a finca for some Strawberries and cream and founds some friends there. At 4 pm we called back to Girag and found out that YES the bikes of Senior Pedersen are on the plane and were told to be there at 5 pm and that for sure we could get them tonight. The bigger question is WILL THEY START? Stupidly in the 40 plus degree heat in Panama City we forgot to disconnect the batteries 5 months ago!!! Lets hope the Deka stand up to their claim of a 1 year hold on the charge.



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Old 10-04-2013, 04:53 PM   #304
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A Days Ride Near Barichara, Colombia

A Days Ride Near Barichara, Colombia


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Old 10-04-2013, 08:09 PM   #305
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:39 PM   #306
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Finally we get the Motos back!

There was some serious excitement on the way to the airport, but some stress also since we stupidly in the 40 plus heat last may 2 nd we had forgotten to disconnect the battery leads on the bikes before they went into storage for 5 month. We had just put in Deka batteries, which claim to hold a charge for a year, but we had the clocks drawing power.


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We were so lucky to have Salvador to deal with the Girag bureaucracy for us. We arrived at 5 as were advised, but were told that there was now way we could get the bikes today and that we should come back on Monday. Salvador would not stand for that, since the boss had assured us earlier on the phone that we would get them today. Now the guy says that they can’t do it because the customs is closed, so we should come back Monday. We told him they are open until 10, then he says actually they are open 24 hours OMG! We then called the boss lady whom assured us she would sort this out in 5 minutes.



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Fast forward 6 pm we are in the office and the guy wants us to go and get photocopies of our passports, when he has a copier 3 feet from him. We had spare copies as we always do. Finally he gives us the waybills so we can head across the compound to the DIAN office for the bike importation. This was a breeze and took about 15 minutes.

Now back at Girag they say OK come back in 30 minutes. Fast-forward 7 pm and we return to find the Import guys had gone for coffee. Luckily the Girag staff called them back before Dan and Salvy had a fit. Next the official wants you guessed it photocopies of our passports, which we had already given them. “That was for the guy upstairs” he says, so we hand over another copy, his next excuse is he wants a copy of his own Girag waybill, that we have in triplicate. He finally agrees to make a photocopy himself; we are not sure why he did not just take one of the triplicates.


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Next we need to wait until the entire shipment is unloaded before they will release the bikes. Finally they allow Daniel to get the bikes!



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Now the moment of truth will they start!!??



Heading out from Girag at almost 8 pm, glad we shipped our bikes by plane for sure, but glad never to see them at Girag again!


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Old 10-05-2013, 04:44 PM   #307
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Deka Batteries ROCK!!

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Old 10-06-2013, 07:47 AM   #308
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Wow, inspirational. Love your photos and the places you've managed to get to already. Will be following your travels. Ride safe!
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Old 10-06-2013, 01:03 PM   #309
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Wow, inspirational. Love your photos and the places you've managed to get to already. Will be following your travels. Ride safe!
Hey Seabiker

Glad to have you along on the ride! Colombia is the bomb! Cheers.

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Old 10-06-2013, 04:45 PM   #310
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Sunday in Bogota

The boys headed out for a day on the bikes and the girls spent the day walking and working. On Sundays several main arteries of the city are shut to cars for walking, biking, and rollerblading on the ciclovia. It is packed with people and vendors. The full house service was just letting out when we arrived.



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We were able to see inside the recently closed bull-fighting ring. There is a big controversy here in the city regarding the banning of bull fighting.



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Old 10-07-2013, 02:22 PM   #311
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Guys off road

I’m sending out a big thanks to Salvador for getting the boys together for a great ride complete with mondo pollo asado for lunch. Heading out of Bogota Salvador, Andi (the kiwi) and I got to experience some lane splitting Colombia style. Picking up a few more riders we got off the main highway and up into the hills. Before long we had arrived at the country home of Juan, who is our host for the day. In true Colombian style he ushered us into the house for a monster breakfast and a warm welcome. Filled both with food and fuel it was time for day’s tour to begin. First though we needed to make a quick stop at a tire repair shop to get one of the amigos V-Strom tires patched. Next it was off into the hills alternating between the beautiful dirt and glorious tarmac twisties. The day was a huge success. Many thanks to all the guys on the ride and most of all Salvador and Juan for being such great hosts and guides. I was having such a great day riding that I only had time to take just these few pictures.


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Old 10-08-2013, 06:34 PM   #312
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A Cathedral of Salt?

Now the work starts. We have to sort out and pack the bikes again to hit the road. Luckily we had the covered parade at Salvador’s apartment to deal with all our stuff.




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The TMK were there to send us off in style and Ellen managed to get a few pics of the departure. Heading out of Bogota at 10 am was a good move; because the normally bumper-to-bumper crawl of traffic was very heavy traffic, but flowing well.



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The trip took us just north to the town of Zipaquira (zee-pa-key-Rah) and a visit to the Cathedral de Sel.



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The salt mine has 3 levels and the miners 200 years ago mined at the site of the present Cathedral. The previous was closer to the surface and seeping groundwater caused instability of the cavern there.



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The size of the main Chapel is amazing. They actually hold mass here on Sundays, and it is apparently packed on high holidays. There are also smaller chapels for regular Sundays.



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The massive “stone cross” is actually an optical illusion and is a cut out in the rock.



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The other optical illusions are reflections of the crosses using darkness and light.



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There is the very shallow water pond that reflects the ceiling, but looks like a deep cavern.



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The salt carving of the tree has taken 7 months so far.



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The school kids were far more interested in us and getting in a photo with us then the tour they were on.



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There was also a very cool “ecolight show” set to music in one of the huge tunnels.



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And the best part of Daniel’s day we found really good ice creams.



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Old 10-09-2013, 12:24 AM   #313
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Wow ... cool pics. The ones of the cross are amazing. It's like they swapped out positive and negative space to achieve the effect.

Cool to see that you're "on the road" again. Looking forward to more pics and tales from your adventure.

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Old 10-09-2013, 03:23 PM   #314
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Yes the cross looked like it was "carved" from the salt, but actually the cut out is light for effect. Was very cool. SP
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Villa de Leyva and Barichara

The ride father north is very fun and curvy. It is a great time to use the coms to help the second bike pass trucks on blind corners. We had been skirting a huge black cloud pouring rain and lightening all day until the last 5 km to Villa de Leyva. This is a small town with adobe and white -wash houses with red tile roofs set in a spectacular valley.



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Riding out the back way from Villa de Levya the road was variably unpaved (but great gravel), paved, and paved at one time. The later being the worst due to the potholes. We had another EPIC days ride thru the mountains to reach the town of Barichara. This place is so cute and clean it looks like a movie set. These guys keep the streets clean.



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There are several picturesque towns on the way and we stopped in one for lunch. Yes I know actual stopping AND eating, we must have learned something from part 1 of the trip. We had a fresh blackberry smoothie, 3 empanadas of egg and cheese, and strawberries and cream 7,000p or $3.70 USD. See I told you I am going to start looking like the painting.


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