We could of sat at the bar at the roundabout all day watching the passing procession of motorcycles. In Puerto Asis bikes outnumber cars around forty to one and not surprisingly get right of way. It’s truly amazing what they do and transport on their bikes, it was not uncommon to see four people on a bike, or a couple of bags of cement, or even 3 milk churns strapped to the sides. Motorcycles have really made a huge impact to the way of life here and in particular this town.
Today was a short 80km ride north to Mocoa to a hostel in the ‘jungle’ for a few days. The large Army and Police presence was still evident along highway 45, especially around bridges, airports and any important type of infrastructure. The number of petrol tankers on this highway added to the importance of the security detail, as from what I could work out, they were transporting oil towards Bogota for refining and this was part of the country’s lifeblood.
Unfortunately the procession of trucks made for light sleeping as our ‘jungle hostel’ was located on the highway and the truck exhaust brakes were defeaning after hours. The humidity which come part and parcel with the jungle terrain just drips off you and the swift flowing river makes temporary relief. I spotted a family of monkey’s jumping from treetop to treetop making their own highway quite swiftly through the canopy. Some Macau birds feeding their young in a nearby tree trunk.
We took the opportunity to check the brakes on Gus’s bike and decided it needed new pads, so Bogota was reluctantly to be our next destination and we did this 800km in a long one day ride, arriving into Sunday evening traffic, akin to Sydney’s but ten times worse. Our Garmin had us for once, to the exact address of our hostel. We spotted a Maccas a few blocks away and we both agreed on a junki food fix for dinner, the first in 4 months since leaving Santiago. Reluctantly I have to say a Macburglar is nice to have occasionally and we both enjoyed the fat fix and yes, it tasted just like the last one I ate back in Georgia, USA in 2010 !