I Day 07 Intro & Stats
START – STOP: Manizales – Bogotá
DISTANCE: We drove, so it doesn’t matter.
ELEVATION GAIN: Lots.
RIDING TIME: None, but we were in cars for around nine hours.
TIME AWAKE SPENT IN PURSUIT OF THE TRIP, ROUGHLY: All of it, basically.
POINTS OF INTEREST / OBJECTIVES: Get back to Bogotá. Get back to Bogotá. Get back to Bogotá. Get back to Bogotá. Get back to Bogotá. Get back to Bogotá.
CUE SHEET: N/A
WEATHER: Air conditioned.
Here’s the story. We woke up early. We survived 9 hours of high-speed race car-like driving along tight and twisty mountain roads. No one got sick. We didn’t hit any dogs. Although the vehicles for our second leg were late for our rendezvous it didn’t matter, we had time. The much talked-about volcano gave us a little show. As we drove we told jokes with the easy jocularity you find with old friends. What else do you want? What else is there?
II A Chronological Breakdown of the Day's Events
- 5:45 am: We have to wake up at this hour because if we don’t we’re going to miss our ride.
- 5:46 am: At least the Hammer Fugue hasn’t started.
- 6:03 am: Our Hotel Dude insists that we have breakfast before we leave.
- 6:04 am: We breakfast.
- 6:45 am: It takes a while, but we get the van completely loaded up and say our goodbyes to Hotel Dude.
- 7:25 am: This van is really fast. So much faster than we were on our bikes.
- 9:35 am: We stop at the top of Letras. The volcano looks cool. There isn’t a cloud in the sky. At least, that’s how I remember it.
- 10:00 am-ish: For about 30 minutes we’re stuck behind this extremely-overloaded box van that is literally three-wheeling around the corners. To make it even more terrifying, the load is made up of sharp, angular bits of metal aka shrapnel.
- 11:31 am: Driving down Letras is taking forever. However, we do stop at that little souvenir shop I noted back on Day 01 to pick up a talisman for our contest.
- 12:06 pm: We arrive in Mariquita. Our transportation is supposed to be here at 12:30 pm. The dude who owns the Specialized store in Mariquita, Harold Castro is, surprise surprise, very cool. NBD. He buys a bunch of mangosteens and we shoot the shit while waiting for our ride.
- 2:05 pm: Our transportation shows up.
- 2:35 pm: We leave Mariquita.
- 6:45 pm: Finally we’re back at Hotel Casona del Patio.
- 7:35 pm: Dinner is at a nice place. Very artisanal, with a Kinfolk vibe (this counts against it), but the food is good so we make the best of it.
- 9:35 pm: Back at the hotel we pack our bags and set our alarm clocks. Tomorrow morning we will once again be up before dawn in order to catch a sky chariot back to the USA. Colombia, you’ve been magical.
III Words & Phrases to Know
AIRE CONDICIONADO: air conditioning. When you’re inside of the car with aire condicionado it doesn’t feel like it does when you’re outside of the car.
IV Climbing Back Up to Letras
V Mariquita Take 2
CONGRATULATIONS To the Winners of Yonder Journal's Official LOST NEVADOS TALISMAN CONTEST!
You are looking at the #lostnevados 2016 Talisman. Beautiful, isn’t it? Obviously it’s a bota bag. Since the time of Cervantes and possibly even before, the bota bag has been the go-to purse for all your liquid storage needs. The world prefers you only use it for storing wine, but if you need to store milk, or grapefruit juice, or even water in a bota I think we could be okay with that. We don’t see ourselves as inflexible bota fundamentalists, rather we are bota traditionalists with a vested interest in keeping traditional bota bag culture alive and vibrant.
But why is the bota bag the #lostnevados 2016 Talisman? Keen observers among you will note that at no point in our coverage were any members of our expeditionary force seen using, cavorting, or even flirting with a bota bag. You may be asking yourself, “Self, if the Yonder Journal #deadreckoning #lostnevados crew wasn’t seen using, cavorting, or even flirting with a bota bag, then why would a bota bag be their talisman?” To which I’d answer, talismans aren’t tied to the rational, they’re talismans. They don’t need to make sense. That’s why they are mystical. That’s their juju my friends.
We stumbled upon this talisman while shopping in a tourist trap in a small town on the road to Letras. Yes, there were many trinkets on display, but like Indiana Jones who relied on his talents when locating the cup of the carpenter in Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade, we relied on our vast and incomprehensible cultural/anthropological/scientific/intuitive knowledge to dig this little puppy up. I mean the thing wasn’t even on the top of the stack. We were forced to wade through at least two options in order to find it—and wade we did! Were Nazis looking over our collective shoulders? Not sure, I mean there was definitely a chance we were being spied on. In the end we were able to make it out of the country with this talisman, and since that time it has been sitting in our office vibrating with an ethereal glow waiting to be won in a contest of immense import.
- 1. Really neat open/close feature. Wine comes out when you want it and not when you don't.
- 2. Made from space age plastics.
- 3. Stylish black, perfect for casual and formal bota environments.
- 1. Not just paper, adhesive backed paper.
- 2. Listed in USD.
- 3. Really nice penmanship.
- 1. How do you carry a bota bag? You carry it hanging from your shoulder. But in order to do that you need a strap. Our bota comes with strap because we know you can't drink water out of a glass without a glass and you can't hang a bota from your shoulder without a strap.
- 2. Gold and Red because fortune begets wine and wine begets fortune.
- 1. It's well known that young Spaniards grow up playing in traffic, it's tradition. And those that survive have the chance to prove themselves in the bull ring. Where a Volkswagen beetle is fitted with two spears and the Spaniard is outfitted with a beach blanket. They dance for a while and then the Spaniard begins shoving his kabob spears into the VW in order to drain its fuel. Anyway that's what's being depicted here.
- 1. When was the last time you had to seal an envelope? It's not so easy right? Now imagine trying to seal a water envelope with strips of dried skin, nearly unfathomable? Well that's what you're seeing here. Does this add to the mystical qualities of this bota bag? You shouldn't even have to ask.
- 2. Caramel Brown. Just like the sun.
- 1. Even our world-renowned forensic staff couldn't pinpoint when and how this bota received its heritage marks but when pressed to make a guess one scientist ventured that the scuffing is most likely a result of being part of a knife fight during the heady days of the revolution.
- 2. Another scientist thought that they might have been the result of the bag being dropped on the tourist trap's sales floor.
Thanks, guys. We loved your answers, really, but there could only be one. But you do at least deserve recognition.