An early morning in the plane seat. After a long night, spent like this, there is always a bit of stiffness in the back and elsewhere, but maybe at least fingers should be trained. By writing something. The flight map shows me that the AirFrance liner will now have almost crossed the Atlantic and we are quite close to the shores of Europe.
I am going to be fed up with flying by the evening, when it is planned to arrive in Riga, as the flight started yesterday with one local Colombian flight from Barranquilla to Bogota, with a big withering at the capital’s airport, and then this flight to Paris, from where I have to get home. Long hovering, but that doesn’t diminish the cool impressions of my trip to Colombia this time.
It rarely happens in my life that someone has planned everything for my trip or adventure – I am usually the one who makes and then realizes the plans. But this time things were different.
The short but very intense Colombian adventure for me (and all of our group) was already been planned by the other people literally by minutes, so for us it was just to follow the stream and enjoy
The first five days of the trip were certainly the ones that had lured all seven motobikers of us from different corners of Europe to Colombia. The 600-kilometer off-road adventure with Enduro bikes was a really good one, well planned by the La Sierra Moto Travel team (we can surely say – a friend).
The Inland Columbia route between the cities of Honda and Villa de Leyva was designed to include lighter sections, which could be classified as Soft Enduro, and places where our most experienced riders had to sweat a bit. Some of the stages that, if one wished, could also be detoured on the roads, could quite easily be classified closer to the Hard Enduro category.
But no one of our group went anywhere around, because it was these steep, rocky mountain trails, riverbeds or dilapidated rail that were the most interesting, adrenaline-fueling stages of the tour. Here and there, helping each other, places with the help of local guys, but in the end, we reached the end of the trip every day and healthy.
Well – almost healthy. It is certainly possible to be beaten in such trips and almost all of us in our group had something to show off with. And also for me, due to some mistake, the bike manages to throw me out of the saddle, and as a result, the right arm, which had not been completely healed a month ago, has suffered again.
At first glance, sitting on the side of the road, it seems clear that my journey to the penultimate morning is over – the wrist is so tight again. It turns out luckily, that Alberto, one of the organizers’ team, is a doctor, a Colombian-recognized orthopedist. Although the X-ray is not done on the spot, after careful touching, we conclude that there is probably nothing more broken now than it previously.
Although it hurts so much, I am so eager to finish this journey that I take a handful of painkillers, band my hand and try to move on. After a while I am back in and it seems that everything will be fine by the end. No way to give up in such a beautiful moment of life… 😉
Let the pictures and video rollers talk about the splendor of the nature and the colors of the cities. Beautiful, diverse and in some places very impressive. The views, the driving feelings and the people we meet all make this relatively small moto- ride unforgettable.
Yes – one evening Ernesto, the leader of our group, has really given us a real ride. When we are in his hometown, where he is well known and familiar, after dinner already in the dark, the horses are brought to us, and covered in the night we climb up the nearby mountain. An excellent addition to our moto tour.
Another thing we really enjoy today is that our accommodation is arranged in the ancient ancestral home of our tour makers (La Sierra Moto Travel is a family business). Once upon a time they all spent some childhood or youth days, but now they have a great guesthouse. Even with the family museum. We do like!
Once we reach Villa de Leyva, our motto-adventure is over. We say farewell to our new friends. Then again, we are transported through Bogota to the Caribbean city of Barranquilla, where the second, most formal part of this trip, is the Nature Travel Mart, organized by Pro Coombia. This is where all FamTrip tours come together and a rather colorful party is formed.
Everyone has a story to tell about their tour – anyone who has walked in the jungle, climbed a mountain or has flown a river, visited the Amazon tribes or watched birds. Each have their own.
Everyone has their own impressions, but I do not see anyone who is not satisfied with the experienced. Our group has probably one of the most extreme adventures, but there is no lack of harshness in some other group as suddenly a heavy rainfall has occurred while boating in the river, the rapids have suddenly become more powerful by a few categories and the stream has smashed some boats against the rocks. In the end everyone is alive and happy.
At Barranqulla, we are still being shown coastal protected swamps and are being taken to a stretch of coastline to plant a new mangrove plantation. In this way, the Colombians are trying to rebuild the places they may have been destroying. During the Communication Day, we are introduced to many local tourism companies, each with something interesting to offer in this diverse, land full of color and emotion.
Talking to everyone, hearing what they has to say, maybe we’ll be going to visit one of them someday. But for our group, one thing is for sure – we will each come back in our own way at La Sierra Moto Travel one day. These are the real people to go to for the Colombian adventure.
And – it seems that each one of us will try to bring another friend from our country with us in the future. At least I’m determined to bring at least one group from our Two Wheels Adventures to these adventures next year. I know it’s worth it and I will recommend it to others…
Thank you La Sierra Moto Travel and Pro Colombia for this opportunity! Thank you to our friends German, Ernesto, Alberto, Alexander and others who took care of us these days! Wait again we’ll come to visit you… 😉