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Old 10-18-2013, 08:16 AM   #331
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Chinchina

The rain over night was very heavy, but by about 10 was a drizzle. We stopped by R2R moto to drop off a sticker and have a photo op. Unfortunately this was a statutory holiday and they were closed.


Chinchina 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


The day was spent in and over the mountains, and it was mostly raining, which sucked.


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We stopped for a drink at a small restaurant and this Daniel stopped to talk to us and he was so excited about our trip!



Chinchina 13 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

There was a truck that drove off the road and blocked the highway in both directions. When we came upon it there was a line of cars several km long.


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We of course drove to the front like the other almost 100 bikes. We had perfect timing! 5 minutes after we arrived the police opened the road to let oncoming traffic go for 5 min and then let us get thru.


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Chinchina 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

On the other side of the accident the cars were lined up on the 3 spur roads, and they stretched for several km on the road were on.


Chinchina 8 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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Letting about 100 bikes thru at once was a bit chaotic, but this meant that other than bikes there was no cars or trucks to pass for almost 80 km.



Chinchina 12 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

We arrived in the town of Chinchina (Chin-Chi-Na) on the advice of Claudia and Ingo and stayed at a nice family owned Hacienda Guayaba. www.haciendaguayabal.com The service here is 5 star. The setting is stunning.


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Jorge advised us on a route thru the area for the day and for getting to Cali and avoiding Pereira the back way. He also suggested the Hot springs at Santa Clara. We set out under cloudy skies for the back roads thru the coffee region.


Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 7.41.47 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Stopping for gas we checked out the local fashion for riding boots. This is my view as a pillion.


Chinchina 19 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Chinchina 18 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The road thru Marsella was paved at one time and it is still in patches and it twists and turns thru the stunning scenery.


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Chinchina 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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This is really a picture post card town. These old gents agreed to a picture.


Chinchina 32 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Chinchina 28 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We then headed to the hot springs at Santa Clara. The road half way from the town is paved and it has white arrows painted on it that say terminales this way.






Chinchina 35 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

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The waterfall here is so perfect it looks man made.


Chinchina 41 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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Chinchina 45 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


You can cool off in the falls and then soak in the hot pools.



Chinchina 58 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


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Back at the ranch we were welcomed home like old friends.


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That evening three British girls Fiona, Helen, and Lucy who were an absolute riot joined us.


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Old 10-18-2013, 10:08 AM   #332
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Nice ride! Be sure to find FREEDOM when you get to Quito, Ecuador. We'll be happy to help you with the best routes here and to source anything you might need for your bike. We also have a freedom sticker for you!

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Old 10-18-2013, 11:20 AM   #333
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Freedom

We will look you up for sure. The road from Cali to Popayan and then to Pasto is blocked again today. We are lucky we were delayed in Cali for tires or we would have left yesterday and gave been stuck in the middle of the protest. Who knows it was a month last time! We are hoping it's only a few days.

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Old 10-19-2013, 06:46 PM   #334
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Cali

Starting out in the rain from the Hacienda we were sad to leave, but the rain did not last long. The drive is scenic and the only 4- lane road we have been on so far.


Screen Shot 2013-10-16 at 7.39.27 PM by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


Arriving in Cali we headed for the famous Casa Blanca Hostel and Moto shop Motolombia run by Mike and Diana.


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Fellow rider from Alabama and Casa Blanca guest Armando welcomed us. It’s not every day you meet a rider who was born in Ushuaia.


to pasto 3 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

The hostel is in a great location for travelers and bikers especially. Mike at Motolombia can help you out for sure. Just up the street Sammy at Motoluxury has all you lubricantes and for us good quality chain lube for cheaper than home.


IMG_2354 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


We settled in and relaxed.


cali 6 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr



The next day was moto maintenance. Bold tightening, power washing, and inspection. Daniel had planned to change our tires from Huston in Santiago, but looking at his they will not make it.



cali 27 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

Ok look up tires on the internet and get the address from the GPS. Then drive all the way across town to the address, but no shop. Heading back in traffic we luckily made a wrong turn, because when we were coming around the block Gabriel drove up beside us on his 1150R and said “do you speak Spanish?” I said no English, and he switched to English and said “ do you know where to go in town for BMW?” Long story short he suggested the exact place we were looking for Astrias motoroservico, and stopped to give us direction and several other contacts and connections. Thank you so much!



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Funny story in the end the Asturias shop is 3 blocks from the hostel. This is where all the BMW work in town is done by Jorge and not at the BMW dealership. They were very helpful and called the Heidinau distributor in Bogota and had the tires shipped the same day.


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Another great contact that Gabriel gave us was Alain, who just happen to come by the shop when we were there. He has been up and down South America many times.


cali 26 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr

I decided that I was sick of restaurant food so we whipped up a good home cooked meal.


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Since we are stuck on this side of the protestors we have to find something to do and North of Cali. Today we headed out towards Darien and around the lake. Following the GPS initially we detoured for a bit off road, and then we did it the old fashioned way and asked directions and had to back track to the route around the mountains to the lake.


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We took a side trip to the town of Restrepo for a snack and a cold drink. There is a nice church here.


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The route around the lake is very windy and scenic. We waited out a short rainstorm at the postre stand on the side of the road.


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Old 10-20-2013, 12:14 AM   #335
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Wow ... GREAT pictures! The waterfalls look amazing. As always, enjoying the experience vicariously. Keep 'em coming!

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Old 10-20-2013, 06:32 AM   #336
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Hey there!

Not much exciting here stuck in Cali. Really hoping the army steps in to clear the roads tomorrow. If not we could be here for a VERY long time. If they don't open tomorrow we will head back north to Salento and then to the coast at Buenoventura.
This is really cutting our chances to get on the Solar in Bolivia before it starts to raining December ��

Fingers crossed

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Old 10-21-2013, 03:48 PM   #337
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Not much exciting here stuck in Cali. Really hoping the army steps in to clear the roads tomorrow. If not we could be here for a VERY long time. If they don't open tomorrow we will head back north to Salento and then to the coast at Buenoventura.
Tough luck Sara, hope the blockades clear up soon!

I'm still in Medellin (a moto shop is working on repairing the breaks on my front panel carrier and side fairings where the windshield mounts). I'll head up to Cartagena/Barranquilla/Santa Marta before looping back down to San Gil/Bogota and heading for Ecuador. I heard there might be blockades on the road between Medellin to Cartagena too on HorizonsUnlimited but have no idea if it's still there. Will see in a day or two hopefully. From TMK, looks like the road between Medellin-Bogota is clear.
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Old 10-21-2013, 06:28 PM   #338
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We did a trip to Beunoventura overnight last night. The roads are all open as of today. Go to Barichara for sure. See you south!!! sp
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Old 10-23-2013, 06:41 AM   #339
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Well the road South to Ecuador did open monday afternoon, so we headed out tuesday morning. At the police check just before Popayan they told us we would have no problem, but that the locals were going to block the road again in the afternoon. With the blockades and a big accident on the 25 in the mountains there was lucky for us very little traffic. We made it to Pasto finally.

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Old 10-24-2013, 05:56 AM   #340
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Guys, I hope you enjoyed Colombia. Now I feel left behind.
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:15 PM   #341
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Guys, I hope you enjoyed Colombia. Now I feel left behind.
Well quit your job and sell everything like we did and RIDE!! xo

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Old 10-25-2013, 05:24 PM   #342
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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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Well the road is still closed so we decided we were up for an adventure. We headed north to Beunoventura.


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Half way there is started to pour rain and we had a brake under an overpass with the military guys.


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Arriving we stopped at the police station and they advised we “ go to the islands”. We parked the bikes inside at the station and the officer drove us to the docks.


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Its not often you get to ride in the back of a police car.


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Here is where it falls apart. This is the first bad experience like this we have had in a year. The boat is 28 per person, but we get charged 40. We are in the front of the launch and get soaked in the rain and salt spray for 25 min. We are taken to a “beach” with no dock and very big waves and are expected to wade to shore. We do and then arrive at the “hotel” where we were told it was 30,000P a room, but now he wants 90,000 per person. This place is a S*^t hole.


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Now we are all mad so we insist on returning to town. Arriving back in town a very nice cabby drives us to a few hotels until we find a nice one with secure parking for 40,000 per room including breakfast. Then he takes us to the police to get the bikes and then drives us back to the hotel.

It was raining so hard here that the streets filled with water and the kids were actually swimming in the street.


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We had heard from the police that the road was going to open Monday afternoon, so we got up early and headed back to Cali.
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Old 10-27-2013, 01:23 PM   #345
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Finally the road to Pasto is open

We decided to dry out and go the next day all the way to Pasto.


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What was interesting is that there was no news or Internet coverage of the road closure at all. We initially heard of it from an Argentinean newspaper. Also the super nice people at Hacienda Guayabal in Chinchina emailed us to warn us that the road was closed. The first coverage in Colombia was the day after the road opened.


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Leaving town the highway 25 heads right thru the market area. You can imagine how the meat cart smells in the heat.


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We were stopped by police on the road to Popayan and were told the road was open now, but that the local planned to block it again in the next few hours. Here the police are checking our “Dian papers” (see below).


to pasto 7 by Worldwide Ride.ca, on Flickr


On this very windy steep pass we ran into Daniel and Fabien who are hard-core dudes.


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We passed this couple on an overland trip of their own.


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After a few more stops for police checks and quite a bit of construction we arrived in Pasto after 385 km and 7 hours in the rain. We found a good hotel with a great kebab place two blocks away.


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