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Archive for the 'Colombia' Category

Colombia Summary

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

After a 2 day bus trip back to Columbia I picked up my bike from my gracious host, Fernando and got rid of some of the books and bear spray I had been carrying since Alaska and visiting the local volcano for a dip in the mud. I must say that Colombia’s slogan ‘Colombia, the […]

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Mean Old Man

Friday, July 24th, 2009

My border crossing into Ecuador didn’t go so well. The old guy who had to do the paper work for my bike obviously was ticked off with my poor Spanish and served everyone else while I was waiting until one of the guys that came after me finally said he should do my paperwork which […]

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Colombian Confidence

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I have loved Colombia. The people have been incredibly friendly. Every traffic light I pull up to someone wants to have a chat. And when you are traveling in a foreign country you can feel like it is a have but in Colombia it feels really genuine. So I took a bit of Colombian confidence […]

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Pasto

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The ride down from Popayan to Pasto was really weird. One moment you were in dry valleys and the next minute in the more typical green Colombian countryside.

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20,000 Miles

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

When I got back to Cali I got my chain and sprockets changed as I have just finished 20,000 miles. The bike is running a lot better. But note to oneself: when you ask for the price before the job make sure they tell you, otherwise it may be a lot different than you expected […]

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Free Lunch

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The next morning I got my astronomy certificate and said a sad goodbye to my new friends. I wish all the best to Tomas, Jeimy, Oscar and Scott. I also finally found the Suzuki bike group I had wanted to join but as they speed pass me on the flats I knew I couldn’t have […]

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Back to School and Win and Award

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

Today I was salsa dancing by a children’s pool at an astronomy conference in the Desierto de la Tatacoa. In the morning we missed the bus tour around the desert and instead were invited to join a Bogotá school astronomical club bus. We went to a site set up for UFOs and walked around the […]

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Desierto de la Tatacoa

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

I thought that I would be let down by the desert and that what I saw wouldn’t be as good as the pictures. But it was beautiful. A little miniature desert as you could see the mountains and bad weather in the distance. When I got there I couldn’t find the Suzuki riders so I […]

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San Agustin

Friday, July 17th, 2009

In the morning I realised that my new fuel filter was leaking as they hadn’t put clamps around the hose pipe and my chain was really lose again after being tightened in Cali which really worried me. After spending a bunch of time trying to buy a phone to get a hold of Mike in […]

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Lost and Found and Lost Again

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

The next morning I headed off to San Agustin and while I was filling up with petrol Alexander a dutch guy on a bike stopped and said hi. As we were going the same way we decided to travel together. I managed to get lost and went from being in the front to behind but […]

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