24 hours later no-one’s offered any information other than to say that these things are always exaggerated but keep talking to the locals.
In 3 weeks or so I have to go through the zones the government fellow talks about to Equador. There’s no other realistic choice.
Last week I posted about riding through Caucasia in Antioquia and today I rode 45 down past Catatumbo and through Norte de Santander. Caucasia was a bit exciting but today was uneventful. I have a theory that a moto ripping across the landscape or around a corner on a mountain road is the last thing on anyones mind and although an ADV rider famously did get kidnapped here a few years back it was probably a one-off. At least that’s what I tell myself. All the riders around me are concerned as things have become worse recently. The B&B owner told me two nights ago in Tananga that the bigger hotel in town is empty for the first time in years because local travellers are nervous.
Here’s a link that explains some of what’s happening in the northeast.