One night in Pasto got me ready for my border crossing heading to Quito, Ecuador. I left for Quito before first light, and I would reach the border crossing by around 8 am, for hopefully a fast border crossing. I only had 216 miles(348 kilometres) to travel, as I always do shorter trips for border crossing days, so I thought I would arrive in Quito by just after midday.
Colombia by Motorbike
I have had the pleasure of visiting Colombia sometimes over the years from Cartagena and Cali to Bogota. Now I would explore it right through its spine. My first stop was KTM Cartagena to get my Motorbike fully serviced and also a new rear rim added, fix various little issues I was having with the bike. I would eventually spend a few weeks in Cartagena before moving south to Cali, Medellin and a few other cities. The country has always had a special place in my heart, and I have some friends there now. The riding was spectacular, and I was getting a sense of the scale of the Andes mountain ranges, with their massive heights and snaking roads, it was so far the best rising I had encountered. Also riding on roads that went through hundreds of villages along the way you truly got a sense of how pp[eople lived their daily lives.
Unfortunately for me, once I left Cartagena, I realized that the KTM dealership had made some mistakes with my bike, such as not putting the seal on my coolant tank and once I hit traffic my bike started overheating immediately. So I needed to attend to this once I got settled into Medellin.