Arrived on the north coast of Columbia, two hours southwest of Catagena. Getting to Cartagena and on he Stahlratte by the night of April 8 was was critical to the next leg of the trip. If I suffered a serious mechanical problem far from Cartagena, then my plans would go into a tail spin. I reached the beach and striking distance to Cartagena on April 5, allowing some down time to work on the bike, do a deep organization of my luggage, catch up on email, write a few blog posts and relax by the sea.
The simple lodging that I found has zero services. No restaurant, pool, Internet access...nada. Last night I walked down the beach to an upscale resort. After a morning of light adjustments and motorcycle cleaning I strolled down the beach to said upscale resort. Upon entering the compound I could help but notice how quiet the place was. Unit after unit that was full of life the night before now were empty. Reaching the "restaurant" hut I learned no prepared food was available. It was 12:00 noon and the kitchen was closed. It took me a minute to figure out what was going on. It wasn't a case of quirky operational hours. It was change over day. Last week's guest had packed up and were headed home. Further down the beach I found lovely, empty, seaside restaurant and lunch. I might come back tonight.