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Old 12-30-2013, 09:32 PM   #181
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Wow! Quite the adventure!

Glad you guys are back up and running!
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Old 12-30-2013, 10:01 PM   #182
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The Motorcycle Chronicles of Jackie & Valentino... The Southern Episode

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Wow! Quite the adventure!

Glad you guys are back up and running!
Thanks Gene, we are so glad to be back riding again. After the long wait for the clutch plate in Medellin, the last thing we wanted was to wait for another part in Pereira. The motorbike culture is so present here, and all the Colombians we have met have been so kind and generous with their time, it has been a humbling experience.


Almost forgot, the Allen key was a tad too big, I found a 3/16", and it worked like a charm.

Happy New Year to both of you.
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Old 12-31-2013, 08:54 AM   #183
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:38 PM   #184
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Talking Final notes on Medellin



Make sure you put your camera away immediately; you can walk there but no further. Take a taxi at night if you go there. Do not hang your purse on the back of the chair, even inside the restaurant. Be very careful in the subway, and on, and on...

Medellin I am sure has many spots and districts and barrios that you might want to avoid unless you are accompanied by someone from the “hood” but isn't this true of any large city you visit anywhere in the world, especially large US cities?


Generally we found the city of perpetual springs quite agreeable, people have been friendly and welcoming, cab drivers professional and most also quite amicable. More than I can say about the cab drivers in Montreal or Paris, to name just these two.

I wonder if maybe the ghost of Pablo still lurks in the collective consciousness, we all heard and saw some of the bad press and dangerous reality the "Paisas" had to deal with during the Escobar era and his "plata o plomo," policy of the eighties and early nineties. If many saw him as a modern day Robin Hood, most recognized El Patron for what he was, a dangerous criminal who’s continuous strive for money and power was driven by Western demands for the white powder.


As in many places in the world, the deeper the ravine between haves and have not, the less safe a place tends to be. In the end I think that the citizens of Medellin simply do not want anymore bad press and have developed an over cautious if not maternal attitude towards tourists.

Since having visited the wonderful colonial cities of Mexico we thought Medellin was by far the best urban center we encountered since we entered Guatemala. Medellin will also remain in our hearts for all the encounters we had;

For one week we were roommates with Moto-Mikey.


Spent several memorable evenings with our new found Dutch friends Mirjam and Edwin sharing home cooked meals and playing cards to kill the time while waiting for parts, we will be friends for years to come and I know that there will be more shared moto-adventures in our future.


We had a wonderful Christmas diner with JDowns & Dan, Albert aka theturtleshead as well as the rest of the ADVrider gang. We would spend yet another pleasant evening with Neda and Gene, I think Jakie and Valentino were a bit jealous of the time they have ahead of them. Bumping into Andy who has been riding is 650 GS since 2006, and listening to some of his hard-earned road wisdom was also a treat.

Also I want to note the great service we received from Norman and the all the mechanics at Ruta 40, if you read this thread you’ll see that opinions vary greatly, but we all know what opinions are like…

Despite the fact that the clutch plate was lost by the courier, the first day I brought the moto in, she was striped and ready for the new part install. The day they finally received the new plate, the owner authorized OT for the mechanics, and the bike was pieced back together that very same day, including a fairly elaborate network of electric cables running from my farkles through the aux fuse panel.


Medellin you have left an indelible mark on our hearts; muchas gracias por todo.

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Old 01-02-2014, 07:32 AM   #185
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Bluhduh Patience patience patience

Patiently waiting at the Ecuadoran immigracion




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Old 01-02-2014, 10:05 AM   #186
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Eek And I thought we were loaded

A couple from Montreal traveling on the machine from hell, loaded to the gill with sat panel and all...




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Old 01-02-2014, 10:09 AM   #187
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Amazing how such a seemingly simple thing can mess things up for a few days.
Best wishes as you went your way south!
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:48 PM   #188
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Amazing how such a seemingly simple thing can mess things up for a few days.
Best wishes as you went your way south!
The silly thing, is having removed the guard, this whole episode would not have existed; on the bright side we would not have experience the kindness of Colombians so it's a toss really
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Old 01-04-2014, 02:29 PM   #189
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Popayan



We spent New Years Eve in Popayan. And celebrated very modestly by observing and old Spanish tradition of "Las doce uvas de la suerte". We then retired early for a full day of riding to start the year 2014 in stride. I just can't believe how fast time is passing by, a have very found memory of an amazing diner party we put together for 14 people for the turn of the century, already 14 years ago.

Ainsi va la vie...

A few pics of Popayan also known as la ciudad blanca


View from our room at Hotel MS Herrera




In the distance




The small but quaint courtyard




Just love these old structures




And arches too, or three










Cool old cars




And old cobble streets








Church yards and columns, all in white







Latin America, you are always so political, we have so much to learn from our Southern brothers

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Talking The road to Ipiales

Sometimes, things are better left unsaid and only for the eyes to be enjoyed. There are a few things as providentially precursive to a forthcoming new year than waking up bright and early on New Years day, without ethylic torpor from the night before . Putting on your riding gear and heading out for a 350km ride through the mountains of Colombia.

The ride from Popayan to Ipiales was slendid a perfect day of riding under bright sunny skies.


Come along for the ride

























Nice cockpit view










Not only reserved for motos but good also for horsies



































Simply hitching a ride









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Talking Las Lajas



A perfect day of riding like this can only be topped off by a scenic walk. So we checked in at the Gran Hotel in Ipiales and took the short 9 km ride to "El Sanctuario de las Lajas".

The shrine of our lady of Las Lajas is both a temple and a basilica. If picturesque, the church in itself is nice but not outstanding compared to other religious temples we have been lucky to see around the world. This said what we found truly amazing is the site itself, nestled in a deep gorge separated by a fast running river, the valley located just a few kilometres from the Ecuadoran borders attracts Catholic pilgrims from both countries.

This was another surprise and a feast for the eyes.









Dei gratia

(In the grace of God for accomplished miracles... in you believe in this sort of thing)









A large gathering for mass




The perfect end of a perfect day



Muchas gracias Colombia por todo...
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:57 PM   #192
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:15 PM   #193
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Old 01-04-2014, 05:06 PM   #194
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Coolin my jets in Santiago

And waiting for my much delayed bike to arrive. I'll be watching your report so we can hook up as we cross paths. Head up, hair back.
PS: If Jacquie wants to head back early I've got room!!!
Cheers, S.
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And waiting for my much delayed bike to arrive. I'll be watching your report so we can hook up as we cross paths. Head up, hair back.
PS: If Jacquie wants to head back early I've got room!!!
Cheers, S.
Looking forward to hook up with another rider from BC, and Islander at that
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