Friday, February 22, 2013. Near Pereira Columbia, Villa Martha coffee farm and resort.
An adventure motorcycle ride in Colombia cannot begin until the motorcycle is successfully imported into the country. Upon notice that our bikes had arrived on Monday we had our driver, Gustavo, deliver us to the Bogota Girag office to receive the bikes. Thus began a 4.5 hour ordeal to spring free 6 motorcycles through customs and retrieve them from the Girag warehouse.
Finally free we rode through the chaotic streets of Bogota to the BMW dealer, Bogota Autogermana.
Many thanks to the crew at Autogermana for all their help, especially Gustavo and Edgar who went out of their way to get the bikes serviced in record time. They have beautiful dealership that sells both cars and motorcycles. We were welcomed into the spacious service area.
The bikes were dropped off late Monday afternoon and we were told they would be ready Wednesday by noon. That gave us another free day in Bogota that we decided to use to visit the historic downtown section. One of the highlights of the day was a visit to the Gold Museum. After lunch we explored Carerra 7, one of the main streets that was closed off to traffic to allow for a large pedestrian mall. It was packed with people.
At the end of the day we caught a cab back to Charlies Place where we spent the evening with friends of Dave from the local Mercy Corps office. A fun and dedicated group of people who sincerely are working hard to make a difference in Colombia. My hat (or helmet) is off to them.
We did finally leave Bogota. The next post will be back to the ride!
Donn and Deby 🙂 🙂