02 December 2011

Colombia and into Ecuador

Current location: Cuenca, Ecuador

After leaving Salento, I detoured over to Bogota with a motorcade riding for Peace and Liberty, but specifically to raise awareness for the plight of the kidnapped in Colombia.  A bus accompanied the 15 day tour of Colombia, full of ex-kidnapped and their families.  Each stop was quite emotionally charged with personal accounts, and speeches.  Police escorts, good company, and lots of delicious food, too!  They were happy to attach a flag and pick up another rider.  From Bogota, I headed south, to Mocoa, then up over the Andes to Pasto, where I crossed into Ecuador.  A night in Otovalo, and then down to Cuenca, via Quito and Riobamba.  Tomorrow, I hope to cross into Peru.


The goal is Ushuaia for New Year's Eve.  About 11,000km in a month.  Why do I have to go and make everything so difficult?

Sprockets imprinted in the sidewalk in Salento

awesome Land Cruiser, eh?

getting off to a muddy start

joining the bike rally for freeing the kidnapped

a round the world biker showed up on his Yamaha.

the line-up

showing off my new dome protector

hogging the highway with a police escort

arrival with much fanfar in Ibague

lunch stop at the army base.  tamales!

there were quite a few characters present

Rafael says thumbs up to free gas courtesy of the Colombian Army

we rode through torrential rain, a beer truck crash, a landslide, and heavy traffic.  then there was a big moth on my tire.  Pirelli Scorpion for all you tire geeks out there.

meet the press.  with fantastic extensions.  everyone though rafael and i were brothers, despite the fact that he is swiss and i am american.

it's 2am and we are at a mcdonald's in bogota, still in wet riding gear.  WTF?

at 3:30, we finally got to sleep in the barracks of the presidential guard.  too bad they rise and shine at 4:30

skirting the edge of the Tatacoa desert

tree tunnels remind me of indiana

death roads remind me of the andes, which is where i am

welcome to high altitude

approach blind corners slowly

yeah, it's like that

fast descent into a bucolic valley

terra cotta roof is par for the course

last sunlight of the day!  time to camp

good morning colombia!

a rare blue sky

the line-up at customs.  my DR200 dwarfed the Honda Transalps and Kawasaki Versys

hello Ecuador.  you are brown.

Ecuadorian Dodge Power Wagon

Good morning Ecuador

passing glance

beetles in the urinal at the gas station

most of ecuador looks like this so far

high visibility

finally got out of the fog this afternoon.  smooth sailing on the Panamericana.
By the way, I crossed the Equator today.

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