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Had a dirty birthday as an adventure rider ought to have it ???..
?:I started my day with a ride out of Bogotá #Colombia ?? on a lucky sunny day absent for quite a long period, and ended the northward loop looking like this on a mud-battered "cow"??. .
After a homemade breakfast of arepas, we rode to Subachoque and snacked on their famous almojábana.
We then did an offroad segment to la Pradera, whose condition turned out to be too easy.
In Zapaquira, We watched and clapped to the very out-of-tune singing performance by the teachers on peaceful demonstration against low wages ??, ate ice cream, snapped photos and petted a dog that bossed the street.
We decided to switch our rides, Carlos's "vaca" ?for my "Mandarino Salvaje"?(pun for feral chino). The goddess of adventure heard our earlier complaint and granted us a stretch of rough local dirt road full of bumps and muddy ditches that we had little choice in avoiding due to vehicles large and small that James the route. I stayed the momentum of the cow and plowed through the slushes, with her almost mooing in pleasure when hit with splatters. My Kevlar jeans ended up soaked through ?, and the cow properly patterned ?..
We passed higher elevation glacing over the gigantic Tomine Reservoir, and made one last stop at "la Cabaña" Alpina diary market, a regional favorite for families. We squeezed our fat selves through heavy traffic like scooters on steroids on the way back to Bogota, in time for a mid-afternoon meal at the tastiest pizzaria in town, with Carlo's amazing family ????..
My day were made better with a few hours spent with my Colombian brother Alvaro, a cake and gift session, a stop at the KTM store where my next bike suitable for my finca awaited, a KTM 250?? and a stroll to an appliance store.
The night was concluded with a visit by a talent, who delivered my repaired Enduristan Monsoon 3 panniers and proposed to tailor a pair of rackless soft panniers for my upcoming South America tour this fall???.
The birthday celebration continues on into Monday at the finca of my Colombian family ????? Garnished with friendship, love, adventure, anticipation, I feel truly blessed and rich ???