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Coconuco

Posted by on Mar 13, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on Coconuco

February 13, 2010 Today Catalina and her sister Andrea pick me  up at 6:30 am to go up to the Thermals at Coconuco. We want to get there before it gets too hot and also before the crowds set ii. We have breakfast together on the way there, and then get there about 8 am. I am really psyched to have some  girl time–I’ve been missing it and I really have just fallen in love with Catalina. I call her the sister of my heart–we just clicked and have a deep and honest communication between us. I thought this was a cool pic…the calcified water drain. The baths smell like sulphur. We stink. But the water is very hot and thank goodness clean since we are the second people there for the day…they don’t even have all the pools...

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Back to Popayan

Posted by on Mar 12, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on Back to Popayan

February 12, 2010 (continued) Okay, well fed, my ride back to Popayan starts in earnest. It’s beautiful scenery, along 150 +/- km of dirt roads, and I am loving it. Some days I don’t make very good time because I stop and take so many pictures. I love these days where I just *travel*, not have an overbearing schedule I need to keep up with, or a set time to be anywhere, just as long as I am there before dark. CHIVA! I’ve learned that when I see a flock of motorbikes along te road, it usually means there’s a road crow working up ahead… I rise up into the Park… Bad baby cow! He was trukking along down the road….no momma cow in sight.  They might have to  put a second stick on this one… Wish I’d’a seen...

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My Unexpected Tour of a Panela Mill

Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | 1 comment

February 12, 2010 Packing up early that morning, a local finds a baby owl in the street. He works at the Archaealogical park and says he will take it there to release…I tell in that the owl has no wing feathers yet, it cannot fly, and it needs its mother still to learn to hunt. The host at the hostal tells him to take it to the Veterinarian and he will pay the bill…thanks gracious Don Mario at Hostal Maya!!! <> I decide to take the road to the North out of San Agustin. This is for three reasons…one, the more southern road is closed between 8-12 am, two I hate to backtrack even a little, and three I would ik to see the big waterfall that they say is second highest in South America (since I missed the...

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Tourism in San Agustin

Posted by on Mar 11, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on Tourism in San Agustin

February 11, 2010 Or tourism anywhere for that matter… I suppose there’s all kinds of tourism to be had, if one looks for it. I did NOT go looking for anything extraordinary, but while in  San Agustin the extraordinary came up and offered itself to me…in the form of a) a tour of a cocaine “factory”… b) i was offered unset emeralds on the street…(and I had to say NO three times before the guy finally got the message) c) a “shamanistic” tour…this one was the best…i stopped to ask this guy directions up on the dirt road I showed you…he was standing by the road. He tells me where I need to go, and offers me his guide services at the archaealogical site  I decline, and then he whips out his three ring binder, and starts showing me...

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My first ride in an Ambulance…

Posted by on Mar 10, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on My first ride in an Ambulance…

February 11, 2010 (continued) So when Humberto dropped me off,  he told me there’s a colectivo (collective taxi) that leaves every 10 minutes from the museum to the town…just grab that to get back to my hotel. Well, of course when I am done there is no colectivo. There’s an ambulance there, and since there is no one else around, I start chatting with the driver and the nurse… turns out they had a private duty run and delivered a patient nearby, and were going to overnight locally. They said they were heading back into town and offered me a ride… We laughed and joked and had a good ‘ole time…and took pics and had a really nice goodbye… and they rolled by with full lights and sirens just to make me laugh… Please follow and like...

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San Agustin II

Posted by on Mar 10, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on San Agustin II

February 11, 2010 Well I decided to “splurge” and rent a horse (and guide) to tour San Agustin. There are 4 sites that are up in the backcountry that I hoped would make it worthwhile. Having owned horses most of my life, I explained to my guide, Humberto (who works at the tourist office in San Agustin–is that a conflict of interest?!?) I explained to Humberto that if he showed up in the morning with a skinny, maltreated horse I was not going on the tour and I was not going to pay him. I said I was only going to give my money to someone who took good care of their animals. He thought I was nuts, but he did show up with a horse that had a little flesh on it… First Stop: La Caquira This tour...

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