Welcome to South America!
I completed the first step of my great journey of explorations through the Americas. I am on the other side of the famous Darien Gap, a gap of about a hundred kilometres through an almost uncrossable region in the jungle, between Panama and Colombia. I am ready for new adventures in this new even more fantastic region.
Before starting again, I stopped for a few days in Bogota in order to take care of the second most important piece of equipment I own; the motorbike (the camera is ranked #1). I left it for several days at a garage in order for a complete checkup to be done. I found a place where the boss himself owns a DR650; the same motorbike as me. Here is the list of what has been done:
|tuning + new timing chain|
|new gasket - clutch side|
|new gasket - stator side|
|carburetor: new float, new slide, new needle, tuning|
|oil change of front and rear suspensions|
|new engine oil and filter|
|air filter cleaning|
|new spark plugs|
|new clutch lever|
|alignment of panniers and racks|
|alignment of front light|
While the motorbike was at the garage, I prepared a detailed route for Ecuador, and I also walked around the city. At the beginning, I wanted to visit a few of the highlights in the capital, but in the end, I have been more interested in the markets, restaurants, and parks. For once, I didn't bring a camera, I enjoyed some of the nice pleasure of the city, and I must admit that Bogota is really a nice place. In many restaurants and small bars, I enjoyed craft beers and many of them were excellent.
After my stay in the capital of Colombia, I drove across the country until Ecuador. As I said before, I will visit Colombia only when I am returning to Quebec. Thus, it's in Ecuador that my adventure will start once again.
To be continued!