Day 125 – Bogota, CO

Day 125 – Bogotá, CO      12/24/10      Mileage: local miles

This morning Brian and I met for breakfast and it was good to see a familiar face. He has had a bad cold for 2 weeks and had some trouble with Girag. Apparently it took 4-5 days for the bike to get from Panama to Bogotá. I hope my KLR is here in Bogotá as I’ve sent 2 emails to Girag for an update and have not heard back. Well, only one way to find out, so after breakfast a hopped a cab to the international air cargo terminal to hopefully spring my bike from the slammer. Once I found the Girag office, I was pleased to find out the bike was indeed here in Bogata…awesome!

So with my and a new stack of paperwork, I was off to Colombia customs to import the KLR.

This is the Colombian aduana building at the airport freight terminal

The paperwork only required one visit to a pair of nice ladies who took care of the whole import permit for me.

I thanked them for their refreshing efficiency and went back to Girag with my freshly minted import permit.

Inside the Girag warehouse

The bike looked to be in one piece…great…now if only I didn’t leave the damn key back at the hotel. Crap! Looks like another hour taxi tour of the city…which I’ll call a $25 spanish lesson also as I got to practice with Jose, my round-trip cabby.

This white building behind the wall is the US Embassy here in Bogotá….

So now I’ve got the key and back at Girag I sprang the bike from the warehouse and I’m off and riding in Bogotá!

To get out of the warehouse, they put a ramp down from the loading dock.

Back at the hotel I stashed the bike in their secure lot, dumped my gear and went out to explore the city and get a lite bite. It’s late afternoon on Christmas Eve day and I’m surprised to see everything is still open…but it allows me to get a good feel for the city instead of being all closed up. I stopped for a beer and some tapas, but aside from that I walked around for almost 5 hours seeing the sights.

 

This guy had a funny street game going…you place your bet on which bowl the guinea pig will run and hide under…a sort of guinea pig roulette!

Back at the hotel I met up with Brian and Andy who is another rider originally from the UK but living in NYC. He road down from NYC and was also heading for Argentina. Undeterred by the fact that it was Christmas Eve, we wandered out to see if by chance there was a restaurant that was still open.

Well, as you might have guessed, there wasn’t….so we ended up getting some Italian takeout (calzone for me) and a few beers and went back to Andy’s hostel for Christmas dinner.

Ordering dinner from our “street pizzaria”…

From L to R: Andy, me and Brian

While certainly not traditional, it was still good fun.

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8 Responses to Day 125 – Bogota, CO

  1. Jilly says:

    love the one of the 5 little guinea pig amigas! so cute! glad all is well…snowed in today, if it weren’t so frigid and windy we’d venture out but the littles and I might blow away! Skiing later in the week tho! 🙂

  2. Arlene says:

    Hi Len, great update and pictures. You must of been glad to hook up with Brian and the other guy.

    Dad can be reached on the Skype………David lent him an I-Phone for while we are up here.
    Planning on going home tomorrow(Tuesday). Toms River was hit pretty bad…..24 inches and then there are drifts.

    So glad that you and the bike are reunited. Did the parts come to the hotel yet?

    Hugs, Mom

  3. lisa says:

    so glad you got your bike back!! What a relief that ;must have been!!! WE are sooo snowed in! about 3 feet. it’s crazy! They haven’t even plowed our street!! Enjoy!!!! love, lisa

  4. arlene says:

    Hi Lenny, hope you got the info on Lilly’s relative who live in Medellin. They expect your call. Have a good evening and safe riding.
    Hugs, Mom

  5. Nancy says:

    So 18 inches of POW in Hunter whatever…..you’ve skiied that many times in your life! And you can be certain…youu will do it again soon.

    Your pics and commentary are wonderful 🙂 So we are skiing and you are having the time of your life. BTW…Chris made a run down 27…with lot’s of snow on it and lost a ski…not to worry…it was recovered an hour later. 🙂

    Carry on…and cheers to the New Year…safe travels…Hunter Mountain Crew…

    • Lenny says:

      Well, I may be living the life and I’m so grateful to be on this trip. But you have no idea how much it hurts to be here with all that pow pow up there!! Now, stop reading my mindless drivel and go out there and git’some!! And tell John Tequila” Flynn to take a run for me…I like his style…

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