South America by Geezer
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01-31-2013, 05:16 PM
Joined: May 2010
Location: Interior BC, Canada
Jan 16 Baños
Couple of people we met at Hakuna M
atata were Ricardo and his girlf
riend Alia. They are trav
Ecuador on Ricardo
's new 650GS.
Super nice people which just reinforced my very positive experience with South American people so far.
Left Hanuka Matata for Baños - a relatively short ride of about 180km. As soon as we got to nearby Tena, it started raining, then it rained harder. Had about 2 hours of everything from drizzle to downpour.
Stopped outside of Puyo for a break and some gas and a coffee and get chatting with this guy in the store. Turns out he used to be the mayor of Puyo and that city had
some sort of sister
with Vancouver, BC.
He was able to travel to the
Great White North a c
ouple of times and
received a royal tour of BC back in the 90s. He was at this store with his son who has a milk processing plant and was delivering a pickup load of milk to a bus who was taking it on to another city a couple hundred miles away. Novel way
to deliver milk.
West of Puyo the road got real interesting again as it ran up this valley. Curvy and a whole series of tunnels – some pretty long and just because they were in a tunnel didn't stop people from passing each other. Pretty
Came out of the last tunnel and Ricardo and
pull up beside us so we stop to say hi. After they left,
e are looking over the gorge at these waterfalls and all of a sudden hear a bunch of screaming and see this contraption heading across the gorge. Gotta do that!
Mrs RB wasn’t too impressed.
Tried to talk her into doing the zipline that ran parallel to the basket . . . she was able to express her displeasure with that suggestion with very few words.
This guy was the
"operator" encouraging this contraption to drag the basket back and forth
over the gorge
The waterfalls apparently used to be a lot larger but they built a dam up stream and cut a lot of the water off
They even had a Zebra - don't see m
any of those around here . . .
Arrived in Baños which is a really nice little town.
Then headed up the
to Luna Runtun where we had a reservation - another successful MotoTr
. Great ride
up the mountain,
grounds, great food and
Spectacular view of Baños from our room
he hot tubs
supposed to be able to see the glow of the
behind us at night but the clouds weren’t cooperating keeping the peak blanketed. So, thwarted once again to see something on fire from a volcano.
Went into town the next night and stayed at the H
esta - a great hotel for bikers. A bit more of what I am used to. Go
od parking, good inter
net and a block f
rom town center.
Went to th
is great little Spanish resta
urant which had a Tapas type menu. Outstanding s
usages apparently ma
de by Nuns up in the mountains using Spanish methods.
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