At about 6:00PM I was downstairs and a man struck up a conversation. We talked for a bit when he asked me if I had seen the Museum of Culture and I answered that I had not. He got on the phone and called the museum, flagged a taxi, and off we went. I was thoroughly entertained for the next two hours with music and costumes by the curator of the museum. I took photos until the battery in my point & shoot camera died. After leaving the museum the curator and I did a walkabout in town.
I was up early the next morning and departed for Medellin around 7:30. It would be a long days ride to reach Medellin. Most of the day the bike was in second, third, and fourth gears...spectacular mountain roads with beautiful scenery.
About 5:00PM I pulled off the freeway just north of the intercity to get my bearings and take a break. A man with his young daughter in the car pulled alongside me and asked if I needed anything. I told him where I was going and he informed me that it might be difficult to get to the Shamrock Irish Pub because there were demonstrations today that might delay my arrival. He suggested I follow him to a nice hotel for the evening. I was tired and took his advice. The gentleman led me to the Hotel Patron, which is at least a four star hotel, where I stayed for the night.
Sunday morning I contacted Albert Crutcher, my host in Medellin. We met at the Shamrock...went for coffee and Albert gave me a room above the pub where I plan to stay while in Medellin.
This is Carlos Julian Sanchez Quiroga and his family. Julian was one of the people that surrounded me when I first stopped in Velez. He took me for a tour of the town and arranged for me to tour the candy factory. He is also the brother-in-law of the museum curator.
The candy factory.
This is Eva, my guide for the tour.
This was taken in front of the Colombian National Police Academy in Velez.
This was on the taxi tour I was given. The man pictured with me is Carlos who led me to the hotel.
The Museum of Culture.
Cromos was the Latin edition Life Magazine.
Arriving in Velez.
The Shamrock is located in a posh part of Medellin. This is a beautiful city and I am through blogging...it's time to explore.