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I will mostly leave it to our pictures to tell the story of the trip. I've added titles and notes to many. It's better to see than to read—at least with my poor writing skills. Some comments below about a few notable points along the way.

Salento was possibly the most memorable overnight. This is a small (7,247 population) mountainous town at 6,217 feet (1,895 meters) in the coffee region. It clearly is becoming more touristy but still has much charm. We toured a coffee plantation near the town before leaving. We enjoyed wandering the shops along the many narrow streets in the pleasant evening. The high altitude keeps the climate pleasant even with the high humidity.

We visited four big cities—Cali, Bogotá (the capital city), Medellín, and Cartagena. They are distinctly different. Bogotá and Medellín are at higher elevations and Cartagena is on the Caribbean coast. The style, people and weather in each is different and worth a visit.

Riding in the country is fantastic. It is a motorcycle country. Both because so many citizens use motorcycles every day and due to the perfect motorcycle terrain. With three mountain ranges (all part of the Andies) as you travel through the country there are regular changes in elevation requiring many twisty mountain roads. Ideal riding!