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Mar 15, 2019 - Barichara

Today was a busy day! And lots of fun, too. We met Muriel at 8.30a. Gord and she left to walk up through town to Barichara's Camino Real (to Guane). Rodrigo picked me up 25 min. later and took me to El Paraiso where I joined Gord & Muriel to walk the last 2/3 of the route up, down, up and down along the old indiginous path to arrive at Guane 3 hours later. The path has been paved with 'carved' blocks of rock that are hard to walk on as the surface is uneven. It is bordered by a rock wall that is being continually repaired. This path was...

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Mar 14, 2019 - Villa de Leyva to Barichara

Last night we walked to the Plaza Mayor and sat, as the locals do, and people-watched. We caught snippets of conversation, talked to those who stopped and enjoyed ourselves for over an hour. It was 7p when we went to Las Portales for dinner. We chose a seat on the plaza and ordered our lomo in salsa vino. Less than 5 minutes went by and it started to rain....seriously heavy. It bounced up off the cobblestones and we moved back...and our table was moved back. Then it was suggested that we should move to the corner. The dog who had taken...

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Apr 24, 2016 - Honda

Up early and not a very good night sleep I checked emails and some work on the blog, packed up my stuff took down the tent and took to our truck, the truck looked a little low on the right side, we had a flat tire, so got our driver and helped get it changed the a easy tasks as these tire are large, some breakfast, load up the truck and we are off again only about a 1/2 hour late from time for leaving. We drive to the town of Zipaquira for lunch and a tour of the underground salt cathedral, it is part of a old salt mine, it started as a...

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South America 2016

Apr 21, 2016 - on the Road to San Gil

A early start today as it is another long drive to San Gil 370km and 12 hours to our camp site near San Gil. Some of the roads are paved but full of pot holes and then the same road is dirt filled with pot holes, so very rough riding. A few bathroom and refreshment stops, then a stop at a big supermarket to buy stuff for the next couple days food as we will be in a camping area, so will be fixing all our meals, we are divided into groups, with each groups fixing the meals for the rest of our group. We get to our camp site it is a very basic...

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South America 2016

Apr 30, 2014 - Cartagena to San Gil, Colombia

Monday 28th April 2014 Cartagena to Agua Chica, Colombia Packed up from Cartagena this morning and left after breakfast at around 7:30am, heading south. Once we were out of the city, there was lots of delays due to roadworks. We travelled through the countryside, mainly across one of the major river valleys in Colombia where people had farmed for many thousands of years. The ancients had worked out how to “tame” the rivers when the floods came each year by digging side channels in a featherlike pattern, for the water to run off into and...

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Oct 14, 2012 - Barichara

This was supposed to be a short day's driving and it was except for the delay caused by one large traffic jam. As a result we arrived in Barichara at 3.30pm instead of in time for a late lunch. Still time to have a quick swim to cool off - a very hot dasy - and walk along an ancient paved path where there were fossils in the stones and leaf cutter ants. We had a great day driving with Debbie and David Gault. We saw oil palms - the staple crop of the area, exportes for bio fuel - coconuts, bananas and oranges. Lots of tolls to pay and a few...

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La Gira Andina 2012

Jul 17, 2012 - San Gil

San Gil. So the bus never stops at a bus station and I see people getting off and wonder where I should get off. I ask someone if this is San Gil and if there I a bus station. I didn't quite understand their answer but I did get that it was San Gil do I went up front and asked them where I need to get off to get a taxi to town. They pull over a block ahead and I find a taxi and make it to the hostel. The hostel is nice. Very quiet. People are relaxing watching tv. Cooking dinner. Downstairs people are laying in hammocks sitting by the hot...

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My Travels

Apr 8, 2011 - San Gil - Colombia

April 6, 2011 I only stayed the one night in Buca. The temp was nice but it’s just a big shitty town. Plus I have been here before and seen what needs to be seen. My next stop was a town called San Gil. It was only a 2 ½ hour drive from Buca to San Gil. At 1100m the temp in San Gil was nice and it’s beautiful little town. It really reminds me of Germany. There are a lot of really cool drives that can be done around San Gil. I stayed in San Gil for two days. The first day I arrived around 11:00 and was settled in around 12:00. I spent the...

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Apr 5, 2011 - Bucaramanga [2] - Colombia

April 5, 2011 I left Taganga two days ago at 9am. Hell it was hot. I rode for only three hours. At 12 noon it was hades. I had to drive through Santa Marta and find my way to the highway leading to Bogota. Yep! Goin’ home. The terrain and situation reminded me of Sinaloa state, Mexico. Heat hot heat. Reverend Horton Heat – ha ha ha. Yeah, my mind is/was melting. I stopped after only three hours. I wanted to stay at Aracataca, Colombia. It’s nothing in the book about this village but I know that this is where Gabriel Garcia Marquez was born....

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Mar 21, 2011 - Barichara - Colombia

March 15, 2010 I spent the good part of the day driving north. Ultimately my goal is Santa Marta and Cartagena. Well, actually not Santa Marta – it’s a hole but there is a town just to the east of it called Taganga. The Brits told me about it AND the told me the place to stay – Casa de Felipe. This is what the ‘book’ reads about the town, ‘Taganga is one of those places where the word got out too fast – Gringo Paradise!’ I don’t know how long I’ll stay. But alas from Villa de Leyva to Taganga is a long way away. At least 500 or 600km’s...

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Mar 21, 2011 - Bucaramanga - Colombia

March 20, 2011 Today I drove to Buaramanga. I was going to get an MRI here but I’ll wait until I get home. I’ll be there in a month and I’ll probably get the results sooner anyway. The radiologists in Canada don’t like lookinthat charts from other countries. There was a bike stink when I sent shit from Guatemala. The Guatemalan machine was newer and the scan to twice as long. A lot more in depth. When I got here I was told of a biker ralle so I went. It wasn’t as big as the one in Mexico that I went to BUT I still road Electra – fully...

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Mar 30, 2010 - San Gil and Barichara

I am now in San Gil, 4 hours by bus from my previous location. I arrived Saturday afternoon. The weather here is much warmer since we're only at 1100 metres. It's similar to Toronto in summer. San Gil is known as the extreme sport centre of Colombia. It's also close to another cute little colonial town called Barichara. San Gil itself is not particularly beautiful, but it has a large urban natural reserve called Parque Gallineral, located by the river. The river Ponce sits at the bottom of a valley and divides the city in two. I haven't...

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