Distance travelled (by bike): 9135
Another day, another BMW dealer. On seeing i had no front suspension and the angle of the handlebars (along with the other damage) the mechanics laughed, asking how far i had ridden like that, when i told them they stopped laughing and told me that i was stupid, but they understood that i needed to get to Medellin and that was the only option. After waiting most of the day i was told that my front forks were bent, but they would try and fix them, a 40% chance it would work. If it didn't it would take 4-6 weeks to get the parts! So now i have to wait with fingers crossed, and make plans for the worst, case scenario.
I met a lot of people in the pub, 4 other bike travellers, (all staying in the pub), all from the states. They were/are trying to get me to join them if they go through russia, china and down to australia. Then we met a guy who was held hostage by the FARC rebels for four years, in isolation. He was a doctor, whilst been held hostage he was given a baby Coatimundi to look after, he still has the Coatimundi as a pet and said that it was the only thing that kept him sane though the ordeal.
looking into medellin
one of the many statues of large women