Tuesday we arrived at Girag's office before 8am where we were met by the very helpful Paola who guided us through the paperwork and various offices we needed to visit to get more paperwork issued and signed (if you are doing this trip Barcelona Pat has got a very detailed and accurate description of the procedure on his site, cheers Pat!!) By Noon we were almost done, then the Police, they told us it would be 2pm when they could come to inspect the bikes, it turned out to be 4pm before we started!! By this time as you can imagine we were very weary! Then Mr policeman asked us to strip the bikes, all the luggage , tent, sleeping bags, dirty washing had to be laid out for his inspection, I can understand why I suppose. By this time even the ever helpful and smiling Paola was getting fed up, by 5.15 we were done, over 9 hours!!
The Girag staff were very helpful and like I say most of this time was down to waiting for the police, some further hassle from a jobsworth security guard ensured I left the compound in a bad state of mind, two bottles of red in the restaurant later sorted that though.
In theory our bikes fly to Panama City tomorrow morning, we fly in the afternoon and then hopefully we can extricate them from customs Friday morning, the adventure continues!
The Plantation house hostel, well recommended
Sunset in Salento
Stop for a fluid break after Ibague
Relieved after the very busy ride through Bogota!
Outside the Girag office
The beginning of the process, first the bikes into the warehouse up a very steep wooden ramp, stunt riding!
Waiting, waiting , waiting, boring, boring, boring,
So tomorrow we will leave South America, we will both be sad about that, it is a fantastic Continent with fantastic people and we have been lucky enough to meet many of them, Colombia has been one of my favourites, the people are so friendly and helpful and I'm sorry we don't have more time to spend here, that has to be said for all of the counties we have visited here , friendly people and great scenery, except for Peru I'm afraid, its the only country I wouldn't hurry back to for various reasons.
By the end of this week we will be starting North in Central America, all roads leading to the Moon!