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DAY 108, Jan. 26, 2012, Puerto Berrio, Temp 33-25 (680/13,370km)
Delayed start as I held on for Dan to finish some property business in Santa Marta. We never thought we would reach Medellin in one day as it was about 800+ km, but had no idea where we would stop. The original plan was to go to a town near Bucaramanga which was about the half way point. However, the day went well and the roads were straightish for most of it so we were able to eat up quite a bit. Unfortunately with the late start, some construction hold ups and Dan's KLR acting up Medellin was about 200km out of reach and we were only able to make Puerto Berrio on the River Magdalena. It was as far as we could get in the dark once the road turned to shit, so we found Hotel Magdalena with private rooms for $11. Not a bad spot, but we had to leave the bikes out front, which in the end was no problem at all. RECOMMEND Hotel Magadalena to stay and P-Way as a good spot to grab dinner.
Road notes: Santa Marta (hwy 45) first 150km C3R7T4V7/8. Great greenery with a mountain backdrop.
Around 180km from Santa Marta there is a massive dip in the road that almost launched me off the bike! It pushed me in to a standing position, holy crap! Temp = Desert hot btw. 180km to Aquachica C4R6T5V7/8 Desert and Mountains with ranchlands. Short stint on Ruta 62 C3R6T4V7. Last section hwy 45 to Puerto Berrio not great, C4R4T3V?(night so no views).
|Papa choreada for breaky = $.40|
|Just in case anyone needs to know|
where the chicks are...
|Huge pier off Cienaga|
|Get out of our way pal!|
|Colombian police force with a|
great taste in Motos.
|Open your eyes? or turn on your headlights. It is not|
mandatory to have daytime running lights even on bikes.
|Road vendors hanging around the|
speed humps as usual.
|Free lane for motos at the tolls|
|Cop on his way to work, with some local road side shops|
|All ways to hitch a ride|
|Commercial train line|
|Who will win the race? Horse dude|
or bucket doubler
|Santa Marta (hwy 45) first 150km C3R7T4V7/8. |
Great greenery with a mountain backdrop.
|A larger animal transport|
|Would like to see this guy navigate a bike lane at the tolls|
|Some roadside expansion|
|Road construction zone which no|
one slows for.
|Beautiful, C4R6T5V7/8 180km to Aquachica|
|Not such a private Air filling spot|
|Ruta 62 C3R6T4V7|
|There goes the sun, but it's nice|
|Cooks for P-Way across the street|
|Dan and I having a well earned Pilsen at P-Way|
|Nice little feed|
|Well, either Berrio has too many|
birds or not enough wires?
|Not tired of horse and buggy photos yet. And check the|
bike. Bet that can carry a lot!
|"You know how I know you're gay?"|
"How?" "You wanted to be
a bike cop in Colombia."
|Near Central Plaza|
|Don't they look amazing? The night before I had a piece|
and it was so dry. Of course the next day I tried the one
on the left. Same baker, same result damn it!
|This is awesome! Dragging rebar|
behind a scooter. At least he's got
|Kind of one and a half lanes|
|I want one!|
|Dan on the corner heading up to|
|Poor horse having a gas bottle|
strapped to him...
|Friendly kids always waving at|
|Very NZ like|
|Just a great road|
|Santa Domingo way up in the mountains|
|Road started to get a bit rougher|
|Careful on that corner Dan as the|
|Little pig, little pig...|
|In the valley close to Medellin|
|Passing through Bello next to Medellin|
|Always a sign a city is coming up|
when you start to see a lot of taxis
|Basically a city nestled between|
mountains. Lots of builds on the
side of the mountains of course.
|This is cool, you drive the bike from the street through the|
offices and show room down this ramp to the shop.
|Very Clean shop|
|Going through Dan's Multiple issues|
|My mechanic, Bumble Bee and Me|
|Hotel Central Plaza in Itague, Medellin|
|The beautiful bed|
|Views towards the centre and Rosario. Look at the roofs|
to the right that are con-caved for water collection.
|View out the back to one side|
showing some of the surrounding
|Zoom shot towards the centre|
|Should I eat here?|
|Looks pretty good to me|
|Typical lunch for $4|
|Hourly rates, $7 for 2 hours. We must be in a classy area.|
|Love to see the wife holding the bike|
|The incline would be more comfortable I suppose.|
|Always impressed by|
this style of window
|Yes, he's got a fridge on a wheel barrel!|
|That's the best Gas for sure|
|Waffles, Burgers, Hot dogs. OK.|