A marked change from motos to late 70's chryslers with duct tape holding hoods down and plastic covering windows. With 30 years comes replacement parts of different colors, rust, and breaking down and these guys just keep on repairing them. It was through to Maracaibo by police escort despite my fears, then over a beautifully engineered bridge of at least 2 km over the ocean gulf only to meet more rain at 6 had to work to get to Barquisimeto by 10 and for a 2 hour search finally found a really nice hotel as a treat. stayed up til 430 catching up and looking forward to connecting with friends for xmas. Some worry back home as I hadn't been in contact for 2 days. Extremely challenging out on the road, as the thunder was directly overhead, and water soaking me to the bone. Stopped at a bus shelter only to back out and fall over the edge of the concrete, dropping the bike for now the fourth time; each time fortunately at speeds 0 and 2 km/hour.