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San Agustin

Posted by on Mar 8, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | 1 comment

February 10, 2010 It was a nice ride down the mountain (dirt roads) and along the river… With interesting wash-outs to navigate… CHIVA! This cracked me up… Willie’s Juice Mobile…powered by bicycle I got onto some pretty neat back roads. PEAJE Fun Curvies… Yup, that’s my road below.. Well this day I seemed to pass countless cows in  trucks…I nicknamed it “National Bring Your Cow to Market Day” These were parked at a town square. Ah. Someone told me about this sculpture… That is looks real nice until you take a close look… And see she is holding a man’s head. If I remember the legend correctly, she was a native woman who fell in love…The lover was jealous and killed her son, she went after him and beheaed him…and brought his head all over the country to show...

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Tierradentro

Posted by on Mar 1, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | 3 comments

February 9, 2010 I woke up in the night to the sound of POURING rain. Torrential. Stupendous. It was still pouring when I got up…Oofa. I did not want to stay another night in this dump, cheap as it was… I walked to breakfast clinging to the sides of the buildings trying not to get wet. I wasted time. I watched the meat truck deliver several dead cows. I watched the dogs nonchalantly try to steal pieces of meat. I wondered why the cow’s head was just lying there on the sidewalk.  I wondered how long it would take before the meat went bad just hanging there. I wondered why there was a pile of cow skins on the sidewalk. I was too morbidly fascinated to take any pictures. Darn. It got a little dryer around 10, so I...

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Popayan – Silvia – Inza

Posted by on Feb 28, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | 5 comments

February 8, 2010 Because of all the rain, I was concerned about the ride to Tierradentro and beyond…I knew it was many miles of dirt roads, and it haad been raining for days…Cata offered to let me leave my luggage at their house…whahoo! I love a light bike! So I rearranged all my stuff, and off I went! Cata’s Dad gave me directions to San Andres (Tierradentro)…I should be there in two hours… Isn’t Colombia gorgeous? CHIVA! CHIVA! CHIVA! Um…I’m in Silvia,  and I have been riding for more than two hours… The scenery is so spectacular, and  am having one of those magical riding days, so I really don’t care if I am lost… But every once in a while the sky threatens… Weird landscape…what the heck is it? At least it photographed well… [3-22-10 update: These plants...

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Popayan

Posted by on Feb 27, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | 1 comment

February 6 & 7 So the next day Cata and I met for breakfast…jugo de mora, juevos revueltos con perico, arroz and arepas. $2 each. Popayan is a beautiful colonial town known for its whitewashed buildings. Let’s take a tour… My beautiful tourguide… So back in Colomial timmes, Popayan had two bridges…one for the wealthy Spaniards, and another for the slaves. The one for the slaves was much lower and very often covered with water… There’s a tiny replica of Popayan up on the bill aove the “real” town…kind of a tourist place…we went there too. And I tried an oblea for the first time… two wafers, with arequipe(a sweet sugar cane derivitave) and marmelade in between… Kind of like fried dough at the state fair… In the afternoon we head back to the factory for lunch with Cata’s...

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Catalina

Posted by on Feb 26, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on Catalina

February 5, 2009 Well, as nice as Casablanca hostel is, I got a rotten night’s sleep…I am a light sleeper, and in a dorm room of 10 people…oofa. I missed my 9:00 am appointment at Asturias Motos (if you need a mechanic in Cali, Colombia, definitely stop here: they service ALL brands!) due to a lack of sleep, but luckily when I showed up at 10:00 they took me right in, and Jorge surgicated my windshield mount (it had rattled loose somewhere along the way and was driving me N_U_T_S and I did not have a hex wrench with me to fix it). I spent another good long time taking to Sory, who is just great. She (also a motorcycle traveler) gave me lots of ideas for other cool places to see in Colombia. Wheen I asked about the...

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The Road to Cali

Posted by on Feb 25, 2010 in Colombia, Motorcycle Vagabonding, South America | Comments Off on The Road to Cali

February 4, 2010 Back out the Valley road back to the Panamericana. Nice pass on the double yellow… PEAJE. The road was hot and flat and pretty straight. I rode through miles and miles of sugar cane fields. Then I see this sign…I understand “tren” (train) but canero? i am puzzled… Until I see this. That’s right, folks. Count ’em, FOUR semis full of sugar cane being bpulled by a single tractor. How do they steer such beasts? Well they re downright FUN to pass…just take my advice and go fast enough so one does not pass YOU! With so many articulations they are wobbly beasts! A cut sugarcane field…hence the “tren”. This one’s just been cut. They burn these fields afterwards–and most often they are right beside the road. I’ve been warned to be really careful when they...

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