Cartagena > Sahagun, Columbia – 245km > Medellin 430km
With being on the boat and time in Cartagena, it has been 10 days no riding so we are more than ready to hit the road again today, the first day of South America, always heading south 🙂
Didn’t do a big mileage because the main road goes through all the small towns which cuts our speed back. We have exchanged the constant tooting of horns for very loud, full volume lively South American music. The people are so friendly, even the army and police give us the thumbs up as we pass.
There are 100’s of small motorbikes everywhere, they are even used as taxis – the guys carry an extra helmet for their passengers.
For the most part its a great road, though it does have its moments – I wouldn’t like to ride it at night with some of the repairs needed.
We get to go through the tolls free which means no more fluffing about trying to get gloves off, the right money out, gloves on etc. There is a small lane on the right hand side – sometimes very narrow – and we just shoot up there.
Typical country today
Our lunch stop – a good find, food was delicious
Don’t get this sort of service at home – our seats were covered so as to not get too hot
The town we stopped in for the night, fairly typical
Our hotel – room was small but clean. Nice courtyard complete with lit up fountain.
Sahagun > Medellin – 430km
Kept seeing this sign … not sure what it means but its kinda cute
Our brunch stop
They love colour on their homes here
Saw a number of different styles of housing, some were just polythene tied over sticks with dirt floors, very sad.
One area had an abundance of water and there were high water spouts all along the road, these are to beckon people in to have their car/truck washed.
Climbed up over the mountains – a very very winding road with spectacular views at the top.
Charlie had a close call today – came around a blind corner and our side of the road was full of a vehicle trying to pass from the other direction. Fortunately Charlie has quick reactions and swung to the right, I saw him swerve so I swung into the small gap too, don’t know what happened with the car behind me.
On the straight roads, motorcycles don’t really count as vehicles when it comes to passing. We tend to keep well to the outside of the road and keep our wits about us.
A lot of the countryside today has reminded us of home – could be riding in NZ