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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Dirt road to San Agustin over 3000 meters

Day 18 (219 Km)

    Decided to go to San Agustin, it was a little out of the way, but there was a famous archaeological park with some statutes and the road towards supposed to be a scenic one and the road for a change was all hard packed dirt as far as people were telling us and should take 6 to 8 hours. So 9 am we left and 2 hours later we passed Popayan and made a right turn to do the final 120 km . The road was actually doable and  wewere doing average 35 km per hour through a bush road through the mountains and again hit 3200 meter altitude and on descend a little later we had some rain and fog for an hour or so. The road was full of potholes and had a washboard effect and a few times I bogging down hard and one time I hit so hard I heard the rocks hit underneath the engine and a second after that the engine stalled on me, with Scotty ahead of me, not aware of anything!

    I came to a standstill in the middle of nowhere and after I got off, I looked to see if I saw any visible  damage. After not seeing any, I tried to start it again, but engine kept cutting out, but once I am in neutral, the engine would almost start. So I knew it was something giving it a signal to cut off and there is a safety device on a Kawasaki, that you can not start the engine in gear and/or foot stand out. So after looking better, I saw the wire of that device was pinched where my center stand pivot and after tearing all this electric wire crap loose and joining 2 wires to make the circuit closed, the problem was solved and  we continued again to reach San Agustin around 4 pm. Rode through the small village, loaded with restaurants and small hotels and saw some other tourists as well. This place is actually a must to visit, but will see tomorrow, if they right. So far the ride today was one of the better ones this trip!

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