Trip Start Oct 23, 2006
Trip End Apr 15, 2009

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Sunday, July 27, 2008

On the road again, winding around mountainous roads soaking up scenery and ready for what ever adventure meets us.
Enjoying the easy pace we are suddenly aware something familiar coming towards us. Something blue - another Westie and it has British Columbia plates. We pass, wave and turn around but we both had the same ida and we are passing again but quickly we are side beside on the road side as if reuniting with old friends. Here is a young couple from Vancouver taking time to tour the Americas. We share stories and information and wish for more time together but happy for the time we have. With promises to keep in touch we continue south on our northerly trip and they continue north on their southerly trip.
Always surprised but never surprised; the world is a big round mysterious place but not so much in the magical world of travel. I don't know why, but, it feels normal to meet travellers from other countries but to meet another Canadian, especially in another Westie on the same piece of road in a far off land feels special but not normal. There have been Canadians before us, also in Westies and no doubt there will be Canadians after us in Westies or other over land dream machines.
We finally reach our destination Villa de Leyva, a national monument since 1954. It is a fully preserved colonial town with the largest center square of its kind in South America. Driving through town is slow going because of heavily cobbled streets so with springs and shocks clunking we make our way to one of the two campgrounds that we are aware of.
San Jorge camping is on the edge of town. We unfurl in the spot of our choice on the large grassy yard since no one else is here. Gillie's paws hit cool grass and she immediately starts cataloguing the scents and soon discovers the chow tied up in the corner of the yard. We walk the country lanes and meander the cobbled streets of the town and after a couple of days we move to another camp ground for no other reason than to experience the other side of the fence.
The grass is also green at Colombia Highland Guest House the other camp ground. We are the only campers but there is a steady flow of house guests coming and going. We also have full access to the kitchen, dining room, sitting areas and hammocks all in open air, palapa style. We quickly take advantage of the book swap and spend a couple of days reading with morning and or evening walks to town. A little dog comes regularly to yip and one big bark from Gillie sends him running. We are all happy here and we keep saying one more day.
Bogota is close enough to make Villa de Leyva a destination place for weekend escapees and this guest house gets its share. Guests come out to meet us and Gillie soon becomes the center of attention. Joshua a young man from Florida who calls himself "an over land wanna be" or "an over lander groupee" came to visit us. We spent a nice evening together. He is a man with no excuses and he will definitely realize his dreams. He had one week to do something, he flew to Bogota and chose a few things to do. One of those things was to come to Villa de Leyva to hang out in a hammock. Adventure with gusto (joy and enthusiasm) with time to smell the roses, sounds like a good motto. One day Joshua will be driving his over land dream vehicle on the road of adventure.
There are so many ways of going about travel and each traveler suits his style because when fate brings us together we see in each other, the joy of the journey.
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