Uli and I struck out from Cali, me with my new tire, a new Metzler Tourance. Apparently they are good in the rain, and I think that I have ridden them before, although I am having Heideneau withdrawal, and when I am able to, I will go back to that tire for Blondy's behind. When I changed over in Cali, I still had 2 or 3 thousand kilometers on that tire, and it was ridden all the way from Vancouver with over 2500 km. on it to begin with.
The ride out of Cali was considerably less stressful than the ride out of Bogata. It seems that Mr. Garmin cooperated a bit more, and we made good time down through the central corridor and warmer weather east of Cali. We were heading for Popyan and points eastward...
Don't believe the sign: Uli doubles the numbers as a matter of principle..
Colombia Ride 2
We rolled into a small community and found the town square, which is the best way to orient ourselves..
We managed to clear Colombia in short order, and the Edcuadorian border was as seemless as I have seen. I wonder if Canada and the Americans could take a lesson in border diplomacy and public relations...this nino figures he could ride Uli's Tiger...
We opted for a short ride after this, and ended up in a wonderful little town: Otavalo. It has huge central market, and the weavings and fabrics from the local Indians is absolutely out of this world...more street murals..
More of the Otavalo Market....The indigenious people from this area are very successful in their marketing or their products, particularly their weaving. Some of them travel world wide with their product. It is very interesting to be in a town where the locals are very proud of their native heritage, and have also grasped the entrepreneurial theme very strongly, and clearly are successful.