Once again, we rolled into town after dark. This time was on purpose, as Court and Sylvain had timed the ride for sunset on the top of the pass.
Salinas is named after its original industry, salt mining. (Wikipedia lists a different Salinas, Ecuador, which is a large, coastal city). The Salinas we went to had a population in the low 100's. Salt was very important in this area before refrigeration became available. Now, the town operates as a sort of co-op, with most of the entire community working the two new industries, cheese and chocolate.
View of town from our hotel room, the next morning. The white building in the far left center is the cheese factory, best known for its production of Gruyere (swiss) cheese, after a Swiss industrialist moved to town.
The riding and scenery on Day 5 did not suck