After a few weeks in Cartagena, it was time to set to off to Medellin, Colombia! I spent the extra time in Cartagena getting my bike ready and spending time with friends. I loved my time in Cartegena, Colombia but I was keen to get me and my motorbike on the road again, and Medellin would be the perfect second stop.
While in Cartagena I got a fresh set of wheels and again. I also got a full service and a new rear rim. I had the front tire leak fixed, which was a sealing issue. I chose the Heidenau K60 Scout Tires, these tires were great on the road and offered good grip off-road – until this point.
As I had not been on the road for a while, I took a long days ride and started before first light trekking over 400 miles (668 kilometers), and the ride took me 13.5 hours!
I also realized that the front tire was still leaking, albeit slowly, which was a pain in the butt, so the guys at KTM Cartagena didn’t do the job, even though they had the bike for over a week!
I passed through towns on my way to Medellin, such as Sincelejo, Sahagún, Sampués, Tierra Grata, Planeta Rica, Caucasia, Tarazá, Planeta Rica, La Apartada, Santa Rosa de Osos, Don Matías, Bello and onto my final destination in Medellin, Colombia.
Once in greater Medellin, I noticed alarmingly as I got in crazy traffic, that my bike was overheating and my coolant was spewing out and had to pull over for an hour to let the bike cool down.
Why? Becuase the service guys at KTM Cartagena did not put the seal ring back on the coolant tank cap. Crazy!
Medellín is the capital of Colombia’s mountainous Antioquia province. Nicknamed the “City of Eternal Spring” for its temperate weather, it hosts a famous annual Flower Festival. A modern metro cable links the city to surrounding barrios and offers views of the Aburrá Valley below. Sculptures by Fernando Botero decorate downtown’s Botero Plaza, while the Museo de Antioquia displays more of the Colombian artist’s work.