In the morning we drove into town, found yet another parqueo to park in and walked a few blocks to the famous Gold museum. Here we paid extra for the English audio guide which was very good though a little too detailed in places. The displays were very extensive housing a huge collection across the ages all showing different methods and styles of using gold to make ornaments and clothing. After two and a half hours in the museum we were done and then spent a while walking around the downtown area. Lunch involved grabbing a oily deepfried meat empanada that did not at all resemble the baked pastry empanadas we had come to love in Chile, but all the same they still taste great.
In the motel room the time had now come for a hot, private shower with a mirror… heaven. An hour later I emerged clean as a whistle with smooth legs and two eyebrows. But the hot water was over rated as I was sweating again in the heat within two minutes. It wasn't until morning that we found the switch for the fan. We had finally driven away from the rain and cold into the sun and heat. In the morning we were allowed out for breakfast all be it with many cautions. Then we picked up the car and hit the road with the wondrous air conditioning that hasn't yet broken on full blast making a bee line for Armenia.
Oh yes an I'll mention it quickly because your probably sick of hearing about the Dodge problems and I'm sick of writing about them. In Bogota we heard more strange noises coming from the rear wheels and a quick inspection showed that now both sides of the hand-break cable have broken off. We also lost a rams head wheel nut cover for one of the wheels so the Dodge looks as ruff as ever. Additionally because of our stolen side mirror and the impossibility of seeing out the back window Will backed into a car who had sneaked in behind us after only pulling over for two minutes. Eventually this resulted in us paying $80us to the owner who had a tow bar sized hole punched in his bumper. To top it all off when we drove from Ibague to Armenia we used the engine to help brake behind the thousands of slow trucks on the winding up and down roads to save our badly worn brakes. At some stage the electric cooling fan stopped working so the Dodge over heated and our anti boil coolant boiled and started spewing out all over the road. After letting it cool for a while we went back to using the brakes but the front ones that were doing all the work over heated and we came close to rear ending a truck that stopped suddenly. Don't get us wrong through we still love the Dodge, its going to go all the way to Alaska whether it likes it or not!
Rochelle & Will