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Day 57 Santa Elena, Ven

Friday, July 29th, 2005

I woke up feeling blah. I was stuck another day in Santa Elena. I was no longer tired and wanted to be on the road. Two days of sitting around doing nothing was not what I needed. The day was a blur of unexcitement. A group of English students had just got back from the Roraima trek so they were all running out and about. I just hid in my room all day only surfacing to take a walk down to the Embassy to see if they had any preset hours for Visas and then down a road I hadnít walked before. Beyond that it was just another five banana day. The only quandry I had was the fact that two extra days meant that I over spent the amount of money I had to get across the border and would have to scrounge up some more cash to carry me until I got to Boa Vista. And to think, the English girls were going to cover my costs until we got there. We probably would have shared a room and had bubble baths together. Damn it. I went to bed with a schedule for the next morning so that hopefully I would be in Brazil by noon and Boa Vista by three. That would give me a few hours of sunlight to find a place to stay and get some funds so that I would no longer be broke. I packed my bags and set my alarm for 7am so I would be first in line at the embassy when they opened at 8am. I was reaaalllly looking forward to leaving Venezuela at that point. Its time to move one.

Day 56 Santa Elena, Ven

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Saturday was going to be our last day in Santa Elena. I was going to be heading south into Brazil and Sam and Anna would be going back to Ciudad Bolivar and then on up to Maracaibo where they would cross into Colombia.
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Day 55 Santa Elena, Ven

Friday, July 29th, 2005
I woke up feeling new and refreshed but with 60 year old thighs. So even though I was ready to go, my body was rejecting the idea. Luckily, Sam and Anna were in the same boat. I ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 54 Santa Elena, Ven

Friday, July 29th, 2005
After such a long, grueling hike, we were looking for a day or two of recovery. Even Phillipe who was short on time thought it was crazy to take off without at least a night of recovery. My ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 47-53 Roraima

Friday, July 29th, 2005
25.JPG After the marathon bus trip, I was a bit groggy but still feeling okay. The bus station was kind of out in the middle of no where. It was like being out in ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 46 Ciudad Guyana, Venezuela

Friday, July 29th, 2005
One of things that became readily apparent during my Angel Falls trip was my lackluster clothing choice for actively backpacking. With that in mind I headed off to the malls. After wandering through the largest mall in Ciudad ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day45 Ciudad Guyana (Puerto Ordaz)

Friday, July 29th, 2005
Set on the southern bank of the Orinoco at its confluence with the Rio Caroni, Ciudad Guyana is an unusual city. Officially Ďfoundedí in 1961 as a regional industrial center, it embraced within its metropolitan boundries two urban components: ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 41-44 Salto Angel (Angel Falls)

Sunday, July 24th, 2005
Imagen 032.jpg I dedicate this trip to Anna whom I met in Martinique. She wasnít able to make the trip due to time and cost, so I ended up going on my own. ... [Continue reading this entry]

Day 40 Salto Angel (Angel Falls)

Wednesday, July 13th, 2005
rash3.jpg I guess to give an idea of what I was facing I will post the picture of the disease that freaking stopped me in my tracks. I am sure some of my ®friends® ... [Continue reading this entry]

I am an IV drug abuser.

Monday, July 11th, 2005
shot.JPG Now, itís a kind of a shocker of a statement that conjures up a perception of a heroin addict in some dirty hallway of an abandoned hotel, overdosed with a needle hanging out of ... [Continue reading this entry]