ECUADOR: Maintaining Rigid Flexibility

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by EvilClown, Apr 23, 2013.

  1. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    If anything, this may be a little unconventional. Let's start with the 'end'...

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    Dave's gonna kill me - or at least post compromising pics and videos of me. I have a feeling that was going to happen anyways.:lol3
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  2. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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  4. MsLizVt

    MsLizVt pfft ...

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    Very very very nice photo, Mike!!



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    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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  6. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Basically a page right out of Whizzerwheel's Simple Truths of Travel where he states, "The asshole is king."

    :lol3

    Looks like someone had some time on their hands today.:D
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    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Whadayat, Murph?:wave

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    Thanks, Liz!

    Glad you two stopped in.

    Even you, Whizzer.:D Danged video camera of yours...
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    damurph Cold Adventurer

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    Disisit.
    Seriously enjoying your (non) ride report.
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  9. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    An extended family that was traveling to Otavalo in the back of a box truck. We had a great interaction with them while we were sitting around pondering our navels, drinking massive cerveza's, eating guava and just general whatnot.

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    Another one of EvilClowns great ideas....carry bubbles....


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    We'd prolly get arrested for this back in the states....



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  13. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    That's a great idea alright but it belongs to SCS.:deal She's the smaht one.
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    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    A little back story. SpawnOfEC hooked me up with this video a while back...

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    It kind of puts things in perspective.

    She saw a few of our cornball videos from our last trip and requested that we make a few 'First World Problem' videos of our own on this trip.

    Sooooo...here's the first (and maybe the only one to see the light of day) of a series.

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    "Quiereme como soy"
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  16. EvilClown

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    ***WARNING***

    ***POSSIBLE USEFUL INFORMATION TO FOLLOW***


    First night into Quito we stayed at the Casa Helbling...

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    ...double room, private bath...

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    ...I won the bottom bunk in a coin toss...

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    They have real <S>hot water</S> agua caliente.:deal Not the electric shower head often found in these parts. Something to keep in mind for your return trip.

    When asked, Court at Freedom told us of two places to stay in Quito. We picked this one because it met all of our minimal requirements but mainly due to its proximity to Freedom Bike Rental.

    If you need the name of the other one ask Court.:D

    As soon as we walked in the door Roodney hooked us up with a couple of beers. ($1.25 for a pounder.) We were ready. As mentioned earlier, the cab driver - even though he was hired through Casa Helbling - had no idea where he was going at first. We managed to finally get it sorted and us to the right hotel but there were a few tense moments. Self inflicted n00b move on my part. Print out all yer info and have it handy, is all I can suggest.

    All in all it was a nice clean way to get from airport to hotel without any hassle (if I had simply printed out the info ahead of time) as it was late and a long travel day. YMMV.

    There are restaurants and shops within walking distance if you have time to venture out.

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    They also have WiFi.

    Lots of people from all over the world go through there so there's always an opportunity for good conversation in the common area.

    Would we go back? Yes. Without giving the entire story away we in fact did for our return trip.

    Maybe Dave has some more insite to add.
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  17. swamp

    swamp U lie&yo'breff stank

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    ok here we go. the show is starting.

    :*sip*
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    That EvilClown is such a cut-up...even had the terminal gals in stitches....

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    You didn't show her your joy buzzer did you?


    Quito is a massive city by my country bumpkin standards...we needed to take a picture of the place in case we got lost wandering around.

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    After we arrive in Quito, have the customary crazy cab ride into town, and check in... We read the literature that comes with the room....don't leave your valuables in the room....don't take your valuables with you....if you get sprayed with feces, ketchup or mustard its probably just somebody trying to pickpocket you...don't agree to let them help clean you up because they'll rifle thru your pockets while you're distracted. Ok, I think I can recognize that scenario when it happens...it's time to start looking for a place to strap on the feed bag.
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  19. whizzerwheel

    whizzerwheel Using Occam's Razor

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    Food and beer....this seems like a possibility...

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    Wonder what their specialty is....

    Guess they heard we were coming....

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    The getaway car:

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    Settled on this place to eat....a few words from the traveling food critic:


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    And then a few more....

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    You gotta ease into it...
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  20. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    For a country bumpkin you sure do know all the tricks for skirting around the city traffic!

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