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Old 11-06-2013, 03:04 PM   #361
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Off road in Ecuador

We headed out south of Quito again and were entertained sort of at the light. I’m not sure it’s juggling if there are only 2 items.


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Riding on the silky smooth Pan American Highway you see some strange vehicles.



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Turning off the highway south of Lasso on to the initially cobbled road towards Chugchilan, then we headed off road.


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There were a few small patches of pavement that came out of nowhere.



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We then began rising into the mountains.


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Here there were some very steep and hairpin switchbacks.



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There were lots of indigenous women herding sheep and goats.


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The views were stunning.


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What is crazy is that about every 45 minutes you will come across a bus on this crazy road and so you need to be extra careful on the corners.


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We arrived in the village and to the Mama Hilda hotel. This place is a common stopping point for the people walking the Quilotoa Loop. There was a fire burning in the lounge wood stove, up to, which we all gathered to warm up.



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Old 11-06-2013, 06:51 PM   #362
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Great ride, amazing road! Good to know your foot is OK. I hope Dan has been behaving. How are you on schedule?
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:08 AM   #363
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Wow ... looks like beautiful riding. Glad your foot's doing better. That could have set you back a bit.
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Old 11-07-2013, 12:23 AM   #364
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Great roads and great trip!
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Old 11-07-2013, 01:09 PM   #365
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Great ride, amazing road! Good to know your foot is OK. I hope Dan has been behaving. How are you on schedule?
Amazing road for sure! My foot is OK but super painful to walk and I imagine it will be 6-8 weeks. I'm hiking and walking anyway though.

Dan is doing well. But off beer and ice cream until after the wedding in Dec. we need to fit into the clothes we packed in September for our Family to bring on the cruise.

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Old 11-07-2013, 01:16 PM   #366
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Wow ... looks like beautiful riding. Glad your foot's doing better. That could have set you back a bit.
The on and off roads here are epic. You would not believe these crazy dirt roads up and down the Andes. Pictures just don't express it.

I am SO thankful I'm not at home getting ankle or foot surgery that would really have messed up our trip. As it is we are now about 3 weeks behind our planned schedule with all our delays. Bike dying part 2 to come. We decided last week we will spend sone more time here in Ecuador and then book it the 5000 km to Santiago for our flight dec 13. That said we will now stay another full season in SA and not ship to Europe until spring 2015 instead if 2014. So we can come back next dry season to Bolivia and Peru. Ahhhh darn.

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Old 11-07-2013, 01:19 PM   #367
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Hey thanks!! We hope to be in Croatia sometime in 2015?? You will have to let us know some routes then!!

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Old 11-07-2013, 03:40 PM   #368
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To El Corazon

Now we continued on the planned route to El Corazon. The road was pretty good dirt and thankfully it was not wet.


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There were a few areas with landslides.


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Suddenly there was this silky smooth pavement. This was just a few km before the Laguna Quilotoa.


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At the Laguna a kid representing the tourism board checks us in. We really wanted to take the bikes up the path to the crater, but the guard said no. We learned from Court that he just drives up and lets the guy yell at him.


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The pavement of the Pan Americana lasted about 12 km until we headed off road again and over the mountains to El Corazon.


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At higher elevations you are in the clouds, and apparently in January and February it is totally fogged in on these roads.


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Today there are some switchbacks, but none as steep as yesterday.


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We stopped in the village of Apagua for a snack of sweet manderinas and a drink.


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Further on the route we had amazing views of Cotopaxi volcano in the distance to the north.


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Riding along some of these ridges we felt like we were looking down thousands of feet.


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We were so lucky it was dry mostly and not foggy.


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Next we happened upon a festival in the town of Angamarca. One of the local ladies came over and said hello and explained what was going on in the dance. The people were dancing the entire day to the band playing. Stopping here created a crowd around the bikes and especially the GPS.


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Now we were on the final stretch to El Corazon about 35 km or an hour away.


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Old 11-09-2013, 03:24 PM   #369
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Dead bike part 2

About 900 meters before the town of El Corazon there was a sign for the town and a small church. We stopped to ask for directions, and dah dah my bike would not start. Luckily for us it was an all down hill coast to the central square and then to the only hotel in town. It is incredibly lucky for us that this did not happen 25 plus km from town on this narrow mountain road with nowhere to set up a tent or get immediate help. Again we set up the GS 911 and found the stator was dead. It seems the job done in Mexico to rewind this stator was not good.


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The next day we managed to get one of the hotel owner’s sons to agree to drive the bike the 4 ˝ hours back to Quito. No one else in town would do it before Monday, which was in 2 days away.


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The first 50 km of this was off road to get to the Pan American highway. Dan rode his bike and I had all day to practice Spanish. We stopped here on the road where the trees roots are actually keeping the rock wall stable.


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Part of the route we took out of the town was different than the one we took in. It was about 15 km shorter, and a much steeper route thru the mountains. Arriving back at Ecuador Freedom Motors Court and Diego were there to help us out.


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Another lucky break was that we met another client of Ecuador Freedom, Tim, who offered to let us ship our parts to his office so that his wife can bring them when she comes down next week to meet him. This is Celina the Moto Pero! Court was kind enough to host us at his place for a couple of days. We may trade in the bikes for one of his scooters. Since Dan had the luggage on his ride, Court got the dog and me as pillions.


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The next morning we were going to head off on Dan’s bike and book it down the Pan American towards Riobamba and then back track to our original route to Salinas. Court got a call from Sylvain that one of their tour clients had burnt the clutch on a brand new bike about 3 hours away from Quito. We decided to help out and loaded a replacement bike up and headed north past Minto.


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A few km farther up the road was a hike to the cascades. We did the 30 min hike to swim in the pool, and then enjoy some fresh squeezed sugar cane juice as a reward. Might gave been a bad idea on the toe.


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Old 11-10-2013, 07:45 AM   #370
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Wow, the adventure continues. Cool that you continue to document your trip so well even when adversity strikes.

Bummer about the Bimmer. Do you wish that perhaps you'd taken a different bike? Like a KLR, DR650, or V-Strom? Honestly, hearing about the issues you've had, you've pretty much convinced me that I don't want to do a trip like this on a fancy bike.
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:04 AM   #371
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Wow, the adventure continues. Cool that you continue to document your trip so well even when adversity strikes.

Bummer about the Bimmer. Do you wish that perhaps you'd taken a different bike? Like a KLR, DR650, or V-Strom? Honestly, hearing about the issues you've had, you've pretty much convinced me that I don't want to do a trip like this on a fancy bike.

I did make it 33000 km with no problems. Plus my inseam is 27 inches so this is pretty much the only choice i have. I tried all the others I can't touch the ground.

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Old 11-10-2013, 10:25 AM   #372
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Wow I'd die to go on a trip like that someday!
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Old 11-10-2013, 10:37 AM   #373
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Hey thanks

Just do what we did sell everything you own and go! You will never regret it.

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Old 11-10-2013, 04:14 PM   #374
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Leaving Quito again

Finally we headed out again more than a week later than planned.


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We booked it down the highway to Ambato and then on the secondary roads including this one thru and amazing 60 km slot canyon.


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Then we headed up to 14500 feet on the north side of Chimborazo. This is the highest peak in Ecuador and since the earth is elliptical it is the farthest point on earth from the center of the earth.


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From here we rode the 23 km off road to the cheese making village of Salinas at just over 11,000 ft.



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The next day we rode on the highway farthest from the earth’s core along the south side of Chimborazo and then off road the 8 km up to it’s base at 15894 feet.




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Very soon after you spend hours going down. We stopped for lunch in a small village and opted for fried fish instead of Guinea pig. I am a giant here at 5 ft 4 in my boots (5 ft 1 without).


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We needed to cross a valley from one road to another and this involved a very long construction zone. The rest of the ride was a smooth curvy ride. After about 70 km we had not seen a single other vehicle and we began to wonder if the road was actually closed. We were very relieved when we saw a bus coming up the hill.


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We had planned to stop in the village of Alshi, but arriving there we found no hotels so we had to keep going. 25 km further is the large town of Macas. Here we found a fairly big hotel on a quiet street and parked the bike in the lobby. The best part of the hotel was the ice cream shop next door.


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This town is famous for the legend surrounding a painting of the virgin that apparently under went some miraculous changes in about 1500 AD.


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Old 11-12-2013, 04:46 AM   #375
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Sara, so where's your bike?
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