Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
Trip End Dec 28, 2010

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Friday, February 6, 2009

Time to move on once more so we have to go back over the same high and windy road, although this time there is much less fog. There is supposed to be a nature walk near the university buildings at the top of the hill, although we can find the buildings they are all padlocked and we cannot find a walk so we just carry on and head towards Caracas, the capitol. We were thinking that as it is a very busy town they would be sure to have a parking lot for heavy vehicles, once more our thoughts were proved to be wrong. The first problem that we had was at a toll station, we have not mentioned these before, but they do have toll stations. Some are in use although most are closed and you just drive straight through. The ones that are working are split into different lanes for cars, buses and trucks; the cars are free and the others pay. As we found out at the first station we are classed as a car and so do not pay. Anyway to get back to the problem at this pay station all of the desks had a maximum height of 3.9m and we are just over 4m high. We pulled to one side and Mike got out and spoke to a couple of the officials and police, they said after paying we should go around; having pointed out we do not pay they agreed and told him to go round. What this actually meant was crossing the four lines of vehicles queuing up to go through the barriers and then crossing over the opposite traffic lines and driving against the flow of traffic as they did not have to pay. All well and good until you realize we had to do this with no assistance from the police, just do it all on our own. Obviously we succeeded and continued and then stopped at the first large police checkpoint and asked them about parking, they were helpful and said we could park in front of their building; the only problem is that it is in the middle of a motorway about 10 kms away from the town. Since we do not really want to use our own transport it is not really suitable. Next they came up with the idea of heading into town and speaking to the main police station and so gave us some directions. Unfortunately with our limited Spanish we got it wrong again and never found the office. We drove around a bit and eventually found a police checkpoint out by a big hospital in the area of La Trinidad. We asked here if we could stay for the night, it was not really suitable for any more, they said yes and so we settled down for the night (N10.25.59.42 W66.51.21.19).
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