Day 25 through 30
Day 25 Woke up at the hotel Michael from Florida emailed me and mentioned that he is going to just fly his bike to colombia its 1275 and they take care of your export papers for the bike. I really consider taking this flight as well but the thing was it takes you to Bogota and Bogota Colombia is 18hrs away from Cartagena Colombia and I really want to be in Cartagena and make my way on the coast into venezuela. So I call up the guy Martin whos number I got from a guy at the gas station near the shitty hotel in Santiago. Martin I thought owned a sailboat and took bikes to colombia but after talking with Martin he knew the guy who owned the sail boat but martin mentioned tomorrow as in tues he had off work the rest of the week and could show me around to get my bike export papers if Im going to sail. He mentioned to call him back tomorrow if I want. Well I did the math and it just made sense to sail and plus i get to see some pretty amazing islands from what people say. Day 26 so I call martin up tues after noon he said he
will meet me at my hotel at noon. I check out of my room an for the first time i meet martin. He rides over on his bike and says grab your bike and follow me to the station and after we can back to my place a friend came over and were going to replace his springs in his suspension. Martin shows me the vehicle inspection place where I have to be at at 8am and then the police department where i have to go to pick up the papers not till 2pm. We then continue on back to his place where his friend Chris is already starting to take off his front tire. So long story short so I dont bore you here get Chris forks fixed on his bike new springs heavier duty oil and all so that calls for a beer. We get some beers in us and Martin mentions that I could just stay at his place instead of going back downtown and the place I have to get my bike inspected at is not far away so be close for me. I take him up on the offer an before the night ends Chris and Martin mention tomorrow there going to leave town and go for a ride for a day or 2 and invited me to come with. I of course agreed cause staying in the city by myself doing nothing is going to be no fun. Day 27 I get up at 8am to get down to get my bike inspected it takes a hour they say come back at 2 so I head back to the marriott where I was staying cause I left my bags there. Get back there and to kill time before 2 with no where to go I decide to hang out in there breakfast area grab me a muffin watch the spanish news and get on the internet. One o clock got here and off i go back to the same area but across the street. Get there but told they told me I cant go inside with shorts and a jersey on. So now im like what the fuck I go back across the street i see the same guy who inspected my bike and he says no not here over there. I told them how they wont let me inside dressed like this. He tells me to go back he will call over. I go back same cop says nope not getting inside the station. ( note to self if i get arrested im going to tell the cop no sorry i cant go in the station i have tattoos sorry and walk away ) I see him talking on the phone there and about 5mins later a guy comes out and has me fill out paper work outside in the heat when his happy ass was probably sitting nice and comfy inside the AC. I fill the paperwork out and back inside he goes. Comes back out
probably 20mins later with my exportation paper I text martin got the paper work did you guys still want me to come and meet up with you. He says come out its 2hrs away in Penonome. I roll out there get to the town call him up they come meet me cause I have no idea where I am and then I get to the hotel they booked for the night right before dark. We get some wine in us grab some food and call it a early night. Day 28 get up at 7am to leave by 8 grab some gasolina and head up the mountain which they told me was and old volcano. Visit this waterfall
and just enjoy the nice fresh air and the windy mountain roads. On the way down we head into a different direction to the oldest church in central america in the town of San Francisco. The Church was really fucking rad but small. So in no time at all we were back on the bikes looking for food. We grab some food at this local place. That I literally expected would not be all that great but I will be craving that dish she served probably for the rest of my life it was that damn good and only cost $2.50. After lunch we cruised up another volcano and had plans to stay at this rad hostal on the top but unfortunately there was only one double room available. So decided to head back down the mountain to the city of Santiago (which is where i stayed at that horrible chinese hotel so needless to say i was scared ha) On our way down the mountain we got hit with a insane thunderstorm that had us pulling off to the side of the
road for a good hour before getting back on the bikes and riding into town. We get a way better hotel than I got my first time around. Get checked in get to the rooms and out of our wet clothes and let the drinking begin. Beamer Bert heard drinking so he came out with us on this evening and after 4 bottles of Chivas some beers and rum an cokes we shall just say it was a hell of a good night. Carlos the guy who originally gave me Martin phone number even came out for a bit. Day 29 I got woken up at 9am to Martin mentioned were all at the pool come out. I get up grab some board shorts get to the pool jump in and try to remember what happened last night and where the hell is Bert. Chris ask all around the hotel if they saw Bert and no one had a clue. Chris made one last effort asking the cleaning ladies and sure as shit he was found. Beamer Bert apparently stayed out way later than I he must of had one hell of night that he ended up inside the trash can. Chris mentions he is going to stay another night at the hotel and Martin says that we can get back into the city grab some parts at the bmw dealership and sat fix my bike up for south america. So I end up rolling with Martin back to panama city on a nice scenic route on one amazing road. Get back to the city Martin continues heading home and I head downtown to the dealership to get the parts. Grab the parts and head back to Martins house were we clean off Betty Beam. Get her looking proper and figured out some other shit I should probably grab tomorrow. Oct 3rd Day number 30 I been officially
on the road for one month Martin is up early so we get the bike on the bike stand and take off Betty shoes (tires) and put on my new enduro tires I purchased awhile back from THE MOTO STOP in Daytona Beach, Fl (haha like im sponsored or something haha) Get her new shoes on then decide to grab some breakfast (its probably 930am) Finish that up and assembling the wheels back onto the bike and decide to go for a run to pick up some screws that fell out of Betty and some other things necessary. Get back to his house drain out Bettys blood (oil) take out the old oil filter and call for lunch (around 1pm) while she drains everything out of her. After lunch throw in the new oil filter plug her holes back up and fill her back up with some new blood. Martin looks over the bike for me realize there is some loose screws here and there so we throw in some lock tight on the bolts and re tighten them down. We finish her up take off the stand and I had plans to run to the mall to try and find me a new waterproof bag for my backpack. Martin cleans up and I head over the mall for awhile to get out of his hair. Now I arrive into this mall and not even exaggerating I am probably sitting in traffic for 10mins trying to get to the parking lot in the mall itself. I have not idea what I just came to but come to find out later by Martin there is 900 god damn stores in this mall. I found what I was looking for right away so I decided to kill some time walking around (like i said to get out of Martins hair) I havent had sunglasses since the beginning so got me 2 pairs for ten dollars. (fuck em if i break or loose them) Roll around past the food court where there is a god damn DJ and a electric train up near the ceiling as im staring at this thing a god damn little electric kid train almost hits me. This train that almost ran me over actually drives people around this giant god damn mall. I continue exploring around the mall and literally saw 4 mcdonalds inside this damn thing and 3 cinnabun among 2 of everything else. Guess for those lazy fast food eating people they need fast food on each side and in the middle for a half way snack.. haha. As I start heading out decide to grab some ice cream cinnamon apple but they use god damn cinnamon toast crunch in it.. Just brilliant hit up martin to mention i was going to head back to his place he said roll over we were going to go out. Get back and off we go to the islands off the coast of panama that has a causeway running out to it. Had a beautiful ride with views looking back on the Panama City Skyline all lit up. We grab small dinner I thank Martin and his family again for having me and as my treat I pay for the meal. We head back to his place to grab some beers at a bar nearby we talk about me leaving the next day and mention Chris and him were going to ride with me in the morning since its a nice road to the port where I am leaving from. So after a few beers ride back to his house and begining packing all my shit up.