A short clip of our police escort out of Manizales.
Riding the Colombian Highlands from Daryll Naidu on Vimeo.
We stayed at the Casa Blanca Hostel in Cali, a well visited hostel by bike travelers; so much so they have their very own Wall of Fame of photos of many of the bike travelers that have passed through here. Three doors down from the hostel, was a bike shop where I had the rear tire on Angela’s bike replaced and a new set of brake pads put on my bike. Bikes are almost ready to go for South America, an oil change is due in another 2K km. We also met Sammy, another biker from Montreal that is finishing off a year motoring around South America before heading back home. Sammy joined us to the grocery store where we had something quick to eat. Our favorite food in Colombia has been Empenada de Pollo, so that’s what we had and Sammy ordered a 1/4 chicken and instead of cutlery got a pair of plastic gloves to eat the chicken with.
As we were leaving Cali, a local biker pulled up alongside us and went through the usual questions (where are you from, where are you going, what bikes are those etc.) He then offered to lead us out of the city. We talked whilst in traffic and he mentioned that he owned a bike shop and if we needed anything done to the bikes. I thanked him for the offer but declined, however he took us by his shop and offered us breakfast. We had just eaten, so had some freshly squeezed orange juice instead. That’s Colombian hospitality for you. It was on to Popayan and we went through some breathtaking scenery once again. Colombia’s roads are well maintained as many of the roads are tolled and fortunate for us, motorcycles don’t have to pay and ride straight through on the side. As usual, it rained for the morning, but dried out in the afternoon.
Chasing Colombian Police from Daryll Naidu on Vimeo.
On the way into Popayan, we stopped at a gas station to get some directions to our Hostel and Darren an Australian guy with his partner Alexandria pull up and start chatting. Darren did a trip around South America 2 years ago so we chatted about bikes for a bit. Popayan is an interesting little town – all of the buildings around the Centro are all painted white, with the odd beige building thrown in. Christmas shopping was in full swing and the square was buzzing with life. After dinner, we wondered around to get a bit of the festive feel.
|Church in Popayan|
|Playing in mud|
New photos added to the Colombia photo album.