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Old 11-04-2013, 12:18 PM   #16
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Day-6 contd from previous post





After some more riding, we stop for lunch at a nice local roadside eatery. Lunch consisted of steamed rice, Arepa, salad and the Colombian version of Rotisserie chicken with their spices. After a nice & fulfilling meal, we continue our ride and refreshingly, as we started ascending on highway 50 soon the temperatures started dropping as we begin to follow the zig-zag route towards Bogota gliding thru pastures and mountains covered with wild shrubs. Along the route, we had some more entertainment when we were following a covered pick-up truck transporting a bunch of naughty school girls heading home who were showing funny gestures to all passing motorists (nothing rude just the friendly kiddy stuff), so Mrs Adventure promptly starts the video camera and instantly the girls panic and cover their faces with their school bags. We found it very hilarious…
























The ‘naughty school girls brigade’ shying away from the camera….






Again we have heavy rains lashing at us just before Bogota together with slushy roads slowing our pace. After some more kms of lush greenery in the countryside, we are slowly beginning to see bits of concrete jungles emerging in the background. Proportionally, the traffic density is also increasing on the roads and we have to negotiate our fair share of crazy drivers on the road. The continued heavy rains sabotaged our plans for some local sight seeing of parks and other attractions in Bogota while when we still had the bike. Once inside the city limits, it’s a painfully slow crawl in mad city traffic (with rain) into the heart of the city and we navigate our way towards the B3 hotel where we check-in again.










































Later in the evening we returned the bike and went out for an evening stroll to again taste the addictive ‘salpicon’ fruit drink. At the juice joint we met two wonderful Colombian women, who were returning home after work and although they did not speak a word of English, but somehow with a mixture of sign language and a few words here & there we had a very interesting conversation about Colombia and about India and the 4 of us perfectly understood each other. At that point Farzana was telling me, the people are so friendly here, wish we had known some more Spanish and it would have a been an even more enriching experience.


















Infact the day we first landed in Bogota, we were both very apprehensive about where we went or what we did due to reading and being told about all the past horror stories in Colombia. But having travelled alone thru the country armed with only a motorcycle and a smile (obviously the smile substituted for Spanish) and interacted with so many wonderful people in Colombia, we were more comfortable & confident of the country and our personal well being. Besides, with our Indian tanned skin color we easily blended into the local crowd except whenever Spanish language came into the equation!

Next morning we take our flight out of Colombia, but we are both left with a feeling of wanting more travel in South America, ofcourse certainly after learning some more Spanish.


On a closing note, with our arrival back into Bogota on the bike, this marked 2 very special milestones for Mrs & Mr Team Rideforpassion- Firstly, the successful culmination of our ride in Colombia in one piece and secondly the fact that we as a couple have now done a motorbike ride on all the major continents on the planet (hopefully they have some nice biking roads in Antartica soon!). We are surely nothing like those hardcore RTW travelers, but in our own small way with the given challenges of originally coming from humble backgrounds, having limited resources, money, time, school going children etc, we were able to accomplish this feat which to us is an important personal accomplishment. Thanks to the almighty and also the encouragement from our friends & relatives.



Two Indians with our beloved tricolor in Colombia




Gratitude to the almighty





That brings down the curtain on our enjoyable Colombian sojourn.

Good bye to all.



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Old 11-04-2013, 03:33 PM   #17
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Very good report..thanks for posting...
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:26 PM   #18
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Thanks for sharing!! And appreciate your input in PM!
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Old 11-05-2013, 08:22 AM   #19
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Old 11-05-2013, 11:18 AM   #20
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Old 11-05-2013, 02:25 PM   #21
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Old 11-05-2013, 03:21 PM   #22
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Excellent report !
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:12 PM   #23
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Wow, I really enjoyed this report and the pictures were great. Makes me seriously consider this country / continent for a moto adventue. Thanks for telling us.
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Old 11-05-2013, 06:15 PM   #24
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hmm does google translator work without broadband?
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Old 11-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #25
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Nice report. Thanks for showing me my own country through your own eyes. That was a real adventure
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:40 AM   #26
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Old 11-06-2013, 06:46 AM   #27
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Wow, I really enjoyed this report and the pictures were great. Makes me seriously consider this country / continent for a moto adventue. Thanks for telling us.
Thanks. Indeed its a wonderful place to tour. If you like off-road the route choices are even rider

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We were using Google as well as Navita on our android with the broadband data package of the local prepaid Colombian mobile sim card we purchased.

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Old 11-06-2013, 01:44 PM   #28
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Those are central tire inflation devices on that you asked about on the truck axles. The engine's air compressor is tapped to provide continious air pressure available to the tires if one develops a leak. The average truck tire runs about 110 psi of air pressure in them (thats why when they blow they make a big bang!) and the truck's air compressor easily puts out that much.
Having the truck tires aired up at the correct tire pressure also is better for tire wear. If you look closely you can see that there are lines running from the hub to the air valves for the tires.
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:43 AM   #29
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Interesting fact on the inflation devices. Thanks for sharing KipperMatic
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Old 11-11-2013, 03:23 PM   #30
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Great stuff Haroon .fantastic that you went that far for an adventure and only google translate for language .Mrs Adventure did a great job picture taking also.A long time since I saw a Renault 4 also !!! brings back memories thanks
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