A catch up day

Trip Start Dec 25, 2009
Trip End Feb 13, 2010

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Flag of Colombia  , Antioquia,
Wednesday, January 27, 2010

We had parked the bikes in the shop overnight so we got them out and found a parking garage near the hotel for 3mil a day.  Jene is under the weather today with Montezuma's revenge or perhaps a bout of the flue,  Diarrhea, aches, and a slight fever keep him in bed all day,  Rene runs to the pharmacy and brings back pedialite, antibiotics, and a dose used as a cork.  The woman who is cleaning the floors at the hotel was a nurse, she checks Jene out and says what he needs besides what he is taking is some homemade soup with special ingredients. An hour later a friend of hers brings a Tupperware bowl with the remedy.  He should be up dancing again tomorrow, How nice is that?  When is the last time you made a bowl of soup for an ill stranger?

The clutch parts that were to be here at 9 arrive at noon, no should be here in time to get them installed by 4pm.  It is 4:30 and no word.  It's no problem as we have to wait for both the bike and Jene to be repaired, actually good timing on both of their parts to break down together.

Rene, Fern and I wander the town to get my bag sewn properly, Rene has some shoes, and his vest to be repaired too.  The tailor puts in some elastic on the vest to allow the vest to be worn over the jacket Rene says. The repair cost me 10 mil, $5 US right?

As I walk the town alone to take some pictures of the church and town I notice the Policia talking to a guy that looks just like Fern.  It is Fern, They make him stand up off the steps he is sitting on while watching the people..He thinks that he is not allowed to sit there perhaps.  No, it is more than that, they pat him down, ask him for his Passport and have a discussion amongst themselves.  I watch from across the street, I capture it all on the camera so we can use it in court.  They let him go with out further delay, perturbed that he doesn't speak Spanish. 

The people of Columbia have been the most friendly, most courteous, and helpful of any country we have visited ( and that is saying something)!  Some of my readers and friends thought we were crazy to visit here.  I am so glad that we came, a country and it's people not to be missed.

Lunch came with too much food so Rene had the waiter bring a to go box.  We loaded it up with our leftovers and didn't have to travel far (20 steps) to find a hungry looking guy to help out.  You have to love that about these Canadians I am lucky enough to be traveling with.

OK a couple of loose ends here: 

I love getting comments from all of you.  It helps me stay motivated to continue when it is late at night and I am typing and trying to motivate to proofread.  Keep them coming.

I have to tell you that since I took off the center stand, my riding has changed form cornering with trepidation, to having the confidence in Gorda that we can handle anything!  Since the roads have really gotten more twisty and more bumpy the decision to leave it at Elaine's was a very good one. Yea me!

There are a few folks who are new readers to this blog from last year where I stated my disclaimer, so here it is again.  This blog is for fun and the entertainment of friends and family, and a way for me to keep a diary of sorts.  I sometimes don't have the energy to proofread it and some computers I use can't spell check.  The keyboards all are sticky and some of the letters are worn off the keys.  So if you are looking for a well written, punctuated, document, with good syntax (whatever that is) or good structure, you will most likely be disappointed.  Also if you are looking for a cleaned up story for kids you may want to just read it to them so you can leave out what you think is inappropriate.  It is my story and I am sticking to it!

I know it must seem like there is a lot of dangerous stuff, and there is!  But that is what a motorcycle trip through South America should be.  If we wanted safe we would take a cruise, or travel in a guided group.  We are on the road a lot so that is what I write about, It is our experience.  I don't write about it to dramatize it or to scare you at home safe and sound, I write about what moves me to write at night or to stay at the computer instead of sightseeing or reading a good book.  I have a hundred stories running through my head and more come each day.  So if you are feeling that we are in constant danger, that is really not the case.  We are confident in our safety and have received only the kindest treatment from the people we run into.  We also have confidence in our biker friends and our abilities to manage what ever comes our way.  That is enough small print.  Sorry.
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Maud & Carl on

Don't worry about the writing.... you are so fun to read ! I almost feel part of your trip! Dad, it was great to hear you on the phone today.
Take care boys !!!
Maud xx

Dave Zwart on

Hey, Jene you needed to lose some weight anyway. Just kidding! I hope your feeling better. JD, keep the wonderful accounts coming and take it easy you BIG bananas. Karen and I look forward to your timely updates and I will echo Karen's request. Use the blog to write a book or articles for National Geo or a motorcycle magazine. We will be leaving Florida in a few days and return to a cold MI. During the first two weeks of March we will be in Italy traveling not by motorcycle but train. When do you guys plan on heading back to the states?

kizzy on

Keep up the writing..... You guys are lucky to be part of a trip like this one...hope to do the same in my 60's!!!!!!!! Enjoy the day off!

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