On the morning of March 3rd we arrived and six bikes were loaded from a dock directly onto the Stahlratte and at about noon we departed the dock and sailed to some uninhabited islands where we stayed until the morning of the 5th when the anchor was hoisted and we set sail for Cartagena, Colombia. It took 28 hours to make the passage and about half of the passengers were seasick and slept for most of the voyage. Thankfully I was not one of them, but I was never able to find my sea legs and just getting around on the boat was a struggle.
We arrived in Cartagena Harbor at 9:00AM on the 6th and went directly to Colombian immigrants and were stamped into the country. Afterwards all the bikers were returned to the boat and at 1:30PM the bikes were offloaded onto a barge and transported to shore where we rode directly to customs and the bikes were cleared into Colombia. Afterwards five of us came to Hostel Amber, a short walk from the Old City, where are staying.
Leaving Panama House with Ewa Domagala, Sheldon Thomson and David Mobley.
Loading bikes onto the Stahlratte.
Entering Cartagena Harbor
The Cartagena skyline
One of the San Blas Islands
Our cook out on an uninhabited island. Pictured are Sheldon Thomson (Australia), Ewa Domagala (Poland) and our Kaptain Ludwig (Germany).
I was surprised to see the US Coast Guard checking out boats this far from home.
Sunset under sail in the Caribbean Sea.