The highlights/ events of the ride from Medellin to the border with Ecuador, ride done in 3 days:
- Said goodby to Al and Frank at Shamrock and off we go.
3. Got stopped by police for speeding. I cannot believe they stopped us….only now! Showed papers, apologized, asked for forgiveness and…forgiven! For the first time when I am stopped by police and I don’t get a ticket! In Canada I got a ticket at my very first offence. All people I know got away with a warning the first time, but not me. It felt so good to get away with it here! Even police is nice here. But it did make us watch our speed …at least at times. The first country where we saw lots of radars.
4. Accident on the road again. Truck rolled over, off the road. Since the road was not blocked, we did not stop so no pictures taken.
5. Oil spill on the road from a big commercial truck. Thank God we saw it in time, so no disaster happened.
6. Epic ride through the hills with coffee trees.
7. Stop at the hot springs in Santa Rosalia. Beautiful place with a nice waterfall. Unfortunately no pictures taken, as we did not bring with us camera in the pools 🙂
8. Ride to the beautiful town of Salento. Good lunch with “arepa de todo”.
Statistics say that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death in Central and South America. And no wonder, they drive like maniacs.
One more time we are lucky we are on bikes. Vasile manages to find a very narrow space between the rolled over truck on the right and a big drop on the left and he squeezes the bikes through.
Meanwhile I stuffed my face with oranges. Literally (I had orange jus all the way to my ears). And not to be mean, but we enjoyed the ride on the twisties more after that – no traffic for a while. Crossing through two tunnels with no lights whatsoever. Peach dark.
11. Just wondering: how does a truck with five trailers take a 90 degree turn? I don’t want to know. We had to overtake it quickly, as it was kind of going in zig-zag.
11. Beautiful ride on nice twisty road through the Andes. I let you be the judges.
The only downside, Colombian roads are not too great. Paved, but more bumpy than a gravel road. But the scenery was so magnificent that we did not care about the road too much.
12. Woke up in the morning to find a huge spider/ tarantula? in the middle of our room. No heart attack yet. If I survived this, I’ll survive anything.
Border crossing ok, despite the warnings of the Foreign Affairs’ site to avoid land border crossing at all costs. No landmines, no guerillas and no armed groups so far.
Adios mi Colombia querida!