Moriartys -- More news from Colombia

Friends of Kent and Ann Moriarty,

Kent's mother Roddie called with some news. Ann and Kent's dispatch from Antigua, describing their automobile collision, is to appear Sunday 5 July 1998 in the Contra Costa Times and the West County Times.

Also, Ann and Kent telephoned Kent's parents on Sunday 28 June from Popayán in the mountainous region of Colombia. In Panama City Ann and Kent met four other cyclists who were planning to cycle Colombia: two Germans and a French Canadian couple. They joined up in Cartagena on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. Ann and Kent greatly enjoyed being shown the sights around Cartagena by Covenant missionaries Mark and Alice Westlind. They enjoyed the Spanish colonial atmosphere of both Cartagena and Medellín. They said that Medellín had improved since the drug traffic moved to Cali. They didn't spend much time in Cali.

Kent and Ann continue to enjoy the bicycling in this region of beautiful mountains and valleys. On one day they climbed from 1,000 feet to 8,000 feet elevation! (Once on Costa Rica they climbed from 3,000 to 10,000 feet elevation in a day.) The weather has been good, with most of the rain falling at night. They've been doing well physically although Ann felt sick one day. They don't pedal with the other cyclists much, owing to their different speeds, but they usually stay in the same places. Often they have stayed in fire houses. The people of Colombia have been especially friendly and pleasant, eager to dispel the negative images of their country. Sometimes motorists slow down to converse with Kent and Ann on the bike, interested to hear about them and their views of Colombia.

Roddie reckoned that by now (Saturday 4 July) Ann and Kent had probably entered Ecuador on their way to Quito.

(Remember, from 5 to 12 July, I will be unable to forward your email messages to Ann and Kent. Your messages will just wait in my mailbox until I resume forwarding email on 12 or 13 July.)

-- Phil Davidson

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