South America Blog

   This is the journey I have always dreamed of,  to ride my motorcycle across the Americas. 

   Follow me as I travel south from Texas to the tip of South America on my BMW GS.   

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Medellin Colombia

I spent my day sightseeing in Medellin and also a day to give my GS some needed attention.

During my return trip from Cartagena I noticed that the GS was having trouble when I applied full throttle to pass slow moving traffic.  I also noticed that the fuel pump sounded weak. It did not seem to have the loud buzzing sound that I am used to hearing.  Like the spare hall sensor, I was also carrying a spare fuel pump for those “just in case” scenarios.  The pump in my GS was the original, and after 434,000 miles of work it was starting to get weak.  So I decided it was time to replace it with the new one.  The new fuel pump sounded much better and the GS ran much better as well.  The thought of contacting BMW to see if there was any warranty left on the old ran through my mind.  One would think that it should have lasted a little longer!

Once the GS was squared away I took a cab to the City Centro to explore the Botero Plaza area.  Fernando Botero was born in Medellin in 1932 and is a famous Colombian painter and sculptor.  His paintings and his sculptures are known for his “Large People”.  Botero Plaza has several of his sculptures on display and for children and people to play on, climb, or just have a photo taken next to them.  His paintings are in the Museo de Antioquia located just across the street from the plaza.  The Museo has some really cool stuff.

After the museo, I took a quick trip to an overlook that sits on the top of a hill located within the village of Cerro Nutibarra.  Cerro Nutibarra is a re-creation of a typical Paisa Village which is common in Colombia.  It is a tourist trap but interesting to see and it does have a great view of Medellin.

Botero Sculptures

Typical Paisa Village