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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by flyingdutchman177, Jun 20, 2012.
My view from the window
Here's a good use for an old tire
That room over looking the lake cost me about $25. To my surprise, I was short on cash. I was almost out of pesos. I thught I had more but I was short about a dollar to pay of my room and dinner. I gave the guy all of my change that I had left over from the 11 countries I have visited so far. He seemed happy.
He is a view of the town of Pasto. This is where I could have stayed. It was a no brainer to stay on the lake.
I tried to take some back roads so I didn't have to ride thru town. It kind of worked. It took about twice as long, but at least I didn't have to fight traffic
South of Pasto, near the border with Ecuador, the road goes through that deep canyon with tons of waterfalls
Today is an exciting day for me. I made it to Ecuador. Don't ask me why, but I never felt far from home until I made it here. Prohdoe Bay is probably further, but everyone does Alaska. Right now, I am about 20 miles from the Equator. And that is pretty cool. And speaking of cool, I didn't realize that it would be this cold here. Being on the equator, one would think it would be really hot. But the Pan American Hwy goes thru the Andes thru Ecuador, The elevation ranges from 5000 to over 10,000 feet. And being up this high, even taking a shit leaves you gasping for air.
For the first time since Alaska, I put on my Gore-tex and rain suit. It rained the whole day here. It's the rainy season.
I am sure you know more about some of these countries than I do if you are reading other people's blogs. I am discovering some stuff for myself that would have been useful before hand.
For example, before I left Colombia, I filled up my 8.7 gallon gas tank. Gas in Colombia is about $5 a gallon. I found out today, gas in Ecuador is $1.50 a gallon. And diesel is about a buck a gallon.
I thnk I am going to really like Ecuador. The roads are amazing. Unlike Colombia, motorcycles have to pay the tools but it is only 20 cents. And the signage is good. There are lots of eco things to do here. It kind of reminds me of Costa Rica. But it better stop raining so I can enjoy this beautiful country
I met a large group of riders at the border from Venezuela,
They were heading to Lima and then back thru Brazil. Sounds like a fun trip. I passed them on the highway. with a large group, they are only as fast as their slowest rider.
The border crossing was the best so far. No money left my pocket other than making the usually copies of my paperwork and my insurance for 30 days (it costs only $3).
I didn't buy insurance in Colombia even though it was required. I had to buy it for the whole year at a cost of $200. I said screw that. I took the risk if I got pulled over, they could impound my bike. And I did get pulled over twice at route check points. First time they asked for my Seguro (insurance) and I pretended like I didn't know what they were asking for. Then I distracted them with my route map, my GPS and other stuff on my motorcycle. They eventually sent the dumb Gringo on his way.
The other time was yesterday. The guy pulled me over and walked up to me and shook my hand. He asked where I was going and where I was coming from. And when I told him, he shook my hand again and said......Welcome to Colombia , and then sent me on my way.
I stopped at this little Indian Village about an hour north of Quito. There was a cool hostel in town but no one there to answer the door, so I left. Crossing the old train track rails was tricky in the wet. I almost dumped the bike there.
When I stay in town, I always find a place with secure parking for my bike behind a locked gate. Here is where I am staying tonight
Here I am in downtown Otavalo Ecuador.
I think I really stood out in my shorts, waterproof Klim jacket and Rev'it motorcycle boots.
I got a filet mignon dinner for $8 with all the fixings
Here's my room for $11.50 a night.
And the room stinks. Because of my boots and wet clothes
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It me riding thru that cool canyon just north of the border in Colombia
Thanks for keeping the updates fresh... Hope the weather warms up soon.
It's been a long time since I've seen $1.50 gas.:eek1
And you guys talk about gallon while $ 1.50 is our price per liter
Yep, gonna burn more gas in this country for sure
Put the pedal to the metal or whatever the motorcycle equivalent is.
Loving your report. Living vicariously thru you from my desk in cube hell....keep it up!
Still following along.
Me too! Still enjoying the reports!
Its Derek again. That same think happened to us. We opted to not purchase insurance and at the last stop before leaving Colombia they asked for the insurance. Melissa distracted one of them with questions about his motorcycle and i ask the other about directions and showed him my gps. Worked like a charm.
We are a few day ahead of you in Banos, Ecuador. Think we are going to have to pick up the pace as i may have found a guy to purchase my bike in early May. Ill check back in on you when we get to Argentina. Might see a couple riding 2up on a fully loaded 2001 KLR.