Problems with WordPress posting

Hi Folks.

I have had problems posting to my web site since Oct 31st. There seems to be a problem with WordPress plug-in Jetpack that is not allowing me to upload my daily posts and pictures. I am working on a fix for this. As many of you know I returned home early as Esther was having a little problem with me being away for this amount of time and has unexpected double eye surgery scheduled for Dec 2nd and 9th that she wanted me to be here for her. If you followed me on the map you would of seen that I got to within 5 km of the Peru / Ecuador border before the decision to turn around was made. At that time I turned around and headed back to Bogota Colombia to stay with my new good friends Juan Carlos Tellez and his wife Sandra. It took about 5 days to arrange the shipping of the bike back to Canada with Lyncargo (great people, I highly recommend) I arrived back in Edmonton on November 14th and picked up my bike at Edmonton airport on Monday November 17.

Some stats on my ride.
Riding 20,097 km

Boat 392 km
Air 6,510 km

77 Days total
Average 261 km/day riding, there were many days not riding so the average would go up.

I would like to thank all that have followed me through this journey. I have met many new friends, saw many new places and had a lot of fun.

I will continue to update my posts as soon as I can get the problem fixed.

Thanks again

Garry Kramer

Day 54 October 22 odo 28784 km

We got up when Bob started packing at 5:30. He wanted to make sure he got to Medellin that day. We waited and had breakfast at 7:00 am and then loaded the bikes. I changed out my front brake pads as they were getting very thin. Off we go at 8:30. We ride a nice mountain road towards Medellin and stop in Valdivia for lunch about 1:30 and like the little town so much we would stay the night. We checked in at a hotel on the city square. One little boy came up to me and kept saying “teacher” I didn’t know what he was talking about. I finally clued in and he wanted me to teach him english. I talked to a woman near where we parked the bikes and finally she understood what I was going to do. She told the children to get their note books and pencils. I went and got my English/Spanish dictionary. We set up beside the park. There were between 10-15 kids on and off for 2 hours aged 6 to 17. We had a great fun time. I would show them an item, book, tree, rock, etc and I would tell them the english word and write it in thier book. They would tell me the Spanish word for it and write it beside the English word. We had great fun with them with each other trying to pronounce each word. After about 2 hours teaching each other we finish. Peter and I walk around el Centro and have a beer. We had a large lunch so we didn’t need supper. Back to the hotel and bed.

Garry

Follow me at: www.AmazingRideforMS.ca

Somewhere between Edmonton and South America.

Day 53 October 21 odo 28603 km

Up at 6:00 am for breakfast at 7:00 am. After breakfast Bob, Peter and I walk into the old city part of Cartagena sightseeing. Back to the hotel to check out for 1:00 pm. Load the bikes and Bob, Peter and I are off at 1:40. We have an easy ride to Tolu, a beach front town. We get there about 6:00 pm and search for hotel. We go to about 5 hotels all of them didn’t have Internet, I guess there was a problem with the town, they say a cable was cut. We finally find one with Internet that had a nice pool. We had a small room for the 3 of us, but we all had our own bed. We had a nice swim in the pool and after we walked around town and found a nice restaurant on the shore. We had a nice meal and a couple beers then back to the hotel about 9:00 pm

Garry

Follow me at: www.AmazingRideforMS.ca

Somewhere between Edmonton and South America.

Day 52 October 20 odo 28603 km

Up at 5:30 to get to the boat by 6:30 am to unload the bikes. The 3 days of not riding was nice, but time to ride. We walk to the pier and get picked up by the dingy to take us out to where the ship is anchored. We waited a long time for the barge to show up to take us to shore. The barge is about 15′ x 20′ a little small. Glad it was a nice day. I was on the first 10 minute trip to shore. We offloaded 4 bikes to the barge then to shore.

Unloading my bike from Stahlratte to a barge.: http://youtu.be/Fc3HJ1GkKKs

We rode off the barge into about 6″ of sea water and up the ramp to customs. First time on South American soil with my bike. It was a long day at customs almost 10 hours 3 hours was due to thier siesta time. So while we wait for the siesta time, Gil and I go off to find the Apple store and a new camera for me. We found both, Gil got some high speed Internet to upload his pictures to Dropbox and I bought a nice Nikon underwater camera. We went back to customs for 2:00 pm and got our bike paperwork. Next off to get insurance, if the police stop you and you don’t have insurance they confiscate your vehicle. Then to the hotel, when we get there we ride all 7 bikes inside the lobby for safe keeping. Next off we go for supper, found a nice restaurant and had a great meal. Got some roof top shots of Cartagena from the top of the hotel then to bed.

Garry

Follow me at: www.AmazingRideforMS.ca

Somewhere between Edmonton and South America.

Day 51 October 19 odo 28603 km

Up at 6:30 about 25 miles from Cartagena, 3 hours sailing. Just leisurely chugging along. We arrive in port about 10:30 and take some overnight clothes to the hotel. Bikes and gear stay on boat till tomorrow. We walk to a cash machine and withdraw Colombian pesos, no American $ taken here. We walk to the hotel about 1.5 km from the dock in hot weather. We check in hotel and the afternoon we walk around the old city park of Cartagena. Gil and I go off looking for a camera for me and a Apple store for him. Found both and but I did not buy a new camera. We found a nice place for supper and then walked back to the hotel. That’s it for today.

Garry

Follow me at: www.AmazingRideforMS.ca

Somewhere between Edmonton and South America.