Cuidad Ojeda

Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
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Trip End Dec 28, 2010


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Friday, January 30, 2009

Of we travel once again, this time towards Coro, to get there we once more have to climb up and down and today reached a new high. At least we did in the vehicle, a height of 13,307 ft; luckily we did not need to get out because you need to acclimatise or use oxygen at this altitude. Once more the views are spectacular, the roads are still very narrow, but apart from road falls they are in good condition. One major problem we have had is that in some of the towns you find that they have a one way system, the only way you can tell this is by noticing that the cars are parked in only one direction. There are absolutely no signs of any description and since it might mean a right angled turn it is quite hard to tell. In fact in one town we came across this and had to do a 90 degree turn to the right into a side street that was extremely narrow. Once again the only way to do this was to back the vehicle up, causing the traffic behind to reverse as well, and then start the turn and then reverse back and forward until we could manage to get round without hitting the wall. Judging by the state of the wall lots and lots of vehicles were not so careful of missing the wall and in fact if we were a couple of feet longer we would not have been able to make it and this is a main road! We only had one scary moment today, the road had fallen away on a bend and although they were repairing it we had to turn a corner on a very narrow bit of road, so tight that only one of the twin wheels was still on the road surface. Luckily Mike did not tell me until we had passed it! As usual with all the hairpin bends we did not manage to get all the way and so stopped for the night in the town of Cuidad Ojeda. As usual here we asked where to stay and they told us in the compound of the Police Civil Defence branch(N10.11.49.84 W71.19.11.72)
. It would have been great for a long term stay since we could get water and electric, unfortunately there is nothing at all in the town.
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