Ecuador

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Hektoglider, May 9, 2013.

  1. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Our cheap place
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    After 3 nights of rest and cheap food, we finally fired up our Super Sherpas and headed out. We went south and got onto the rural road.
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    Passing through San Antonia de Ibarra, famous for its wood carvings, we continue on and the Sherpas are liking the 45 km/per hour 3rd gear/4th gear speeds.
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    I don't mind adventurous dirt routes, but rural paved stuff is what I really like.
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    We continued on towards the lake near Otavio, hitting the cobble road for a bit.
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    The road must be very old
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    We are riding parellel to the Pan Am highway but with no big trucks, maybe more scenic and relaxing to travel on, while still going towards Quito.
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    Soon we circle around the lake, passing through some small towns.
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    Soon we merge back onto the big highway after the short rural segment.
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    A major milestone on the journey around the globe (part ways!)
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    More in a bit.......
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  2. SavannahCapt

    SavannahCapt Long timer

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  3. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    After the equator we had to eat, as it was the middle of the day in the middle of the world. We saw food cooking so we pulled in.
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    They understood our tongues and gave us pork , chicken,corn & potatoes
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    After we were full, the guy pulled out the cuy, and I asked him for a sample but he said its not for lunch, its for Mothers Day supper. Then he showed me a pail full of trout! Wow!
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    Then he threw one on the grill
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    We know there's fish out there!

    I checked into the fishing scene a bit, and because there's no rules to speak of, the lakes get netted, and even dynamited by the locals. The good fishing involves going into backcountry lakes that are accessed by horseback or even train. I am still gonna keep the eyes peeled. When I see locals fishing , I will stop and check it out.

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  4. tedmarshall

    tedmarshall Been here awhile

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    Long time reader of your north country reports. What a trip!

    Ted
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  5. SoSlow

    SoSlow Having fun

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    Great pics and report so far, thanks for sharing! :clap
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  6. Up&Downer

    Up&Downer Adventurer

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  7. Hektoglider

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    We went around Quito in the high hills. We didn't feel like being in a big city after recently doing 3 days in Ibarra. The Sherpas were eager to climb up in altitude.
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    We began heading up in an easterly direction and the higher we went the colder and foggier it got. Bare hands were soon numb at 12,700 feet as indicated on the GPS
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    We got to a lake and there was a sign for Termales.
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    We took the gravel backroad along the cliff and over a small bridge.
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    We arrived at Pampallacta, where we stopped at a small store for 6 liter water jug, some eggs and other supplies.
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    We left the store and went up the dirt road to the big ritzy resort and asked about prices. $150 a night Yikes!!!! $7.50 to just soak in their pools. We backtrack to the older cheaper place
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    We make a deal for a private room. We get in for forty five bucks, right beside the 3 different pools. We justify the expense by celebrating our arrival in the Southern Hemisphere as well as 4 full months on the road. We will get an evening soak, as well as a morning soak in the mineral pools, so that's 4 X $7.50 value . We can be cheap again later.
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    One pool is inside a shelter, this is the 2nd hottest one.
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    There was hardly anyone here being Sunday night. The interior pool is the hottest.
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    We really were looking forward to the termales
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    This is pretty good !
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    Rosie shows the iPod to a local
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    It's chilly up here. We will light a fire in the fireplace before bedtime, but for now, we will boil the eggs and noodles on the stove, in the fireplace so the fumes from the stove go up the flue.
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    After a nice soak we were able to get a decent fire going in the fireplace. It was very quiet here. A road from here keeps going into the national park. If the sky clears off in the morning we may go up and check it out.
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  8. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Welcome on board the Ecuador SuperSherpa ride ! There's some cool stuff coming up. Glad you enjoyed the northcountry stuff. We finally made it to the southern half!

    SoSlow & Up&Downer thanks for tuning in ! Knowing there's riders enjoying the updates makes it worth the time it takes to post
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  9. FLARider1

    FLARider1 Long timer

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    You started this post at a great time for me!! I leave in 22 days to fly into Quito and rent bikes for 10 days of riding. Doing an off road tour into the mountains and then playing on the coast for a few days. Cramming as much as we can into ten days!!!! Really cool getting your perspective and seeing the pictures!!!
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  10. Hektoglider

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    After a restful night we had the usual oatmeal & tea on the campstove . It was pretty foggy in the valley and we took our time getting ready to go after more soaking in the pools. There's something about hot springs or sauna and the feeling of well being that one gets after a good session. Being of Finnish decent I prefer a sauna, but I can appreciate a decent hot spring
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    Strange plants nearby
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    We were hoping to get a glimpse of the Volcans but with the thick fog, we enjoyed the new blacktop twisting downhill to the Amazonas region.
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    We really liked the new pavement
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    We can see the effects Mother Nature has on the roads here, with a new temporary bridge in place as the previous one is swept away.
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    We are buzzing along, and follow the river and are awestruck by the two-tier waterfall cascading down....
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    More downhill and we arrive at the junction at Baeza. We fill up both Sherpas. Check out those gas prices! If that's not enough to inspire lots of miles, then the I don't know what is.....
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    We header southbound into Amazonas country......
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    Soon we are riding along jungle type plants, ferns & palms leaves big enough to cover your entire body. Lots of simple huts along the road too. The rain got so severe........ We couldn't stay dry even with rain gear. We rode past 12 o'clock looking for somewhere to eat lunch. Finally we found a spot. The rain got worse....
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    The ground got real soft and the bikes wanted to fall over as the kickstands sank in.....
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    Finally the rain abated, & we got going again.
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    We tried to get the perfect jungle photo, but this is the best we could do. There's lots of side roads to explore, but we didn't want to go down them with so much rain recently. Plus we were soaked right through already .
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    This was very pleasant cruising, mostly top gear stuff.
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    We saw a cool old bridge so we turned back and went to look at it.
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    Single lane traffic
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    At one point we climbed up higher and could see over the delta and get an idea of the vast area with little or no roads, mostly river travel.
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    I saw these roads on the map, and I had to satisfy my curiosity and ride it. We want to visit each region in Ecuador , Amazonas, Andes & Coastal.
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    We almost stayed in the town of Tena,but kept rolling towards Puya crossing the Rio Napo.
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    12$ for a huge room.
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    We boiled eggs again with noodles & tea. Trying to reign in the budget after the $$$$ termales.
    Room $12
    Gas. $5
    Store. 4.50
    Lunch $5
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    $26.50 or $13.25 per person for the day in South America. JD you'll like it.
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  11. shadman

    shadman Been here awhile

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    Sorry, I was the unintentional ass*^&% that requested a new thread, but I did have a :D face in my post, and I'm sorry you took my comment as a criticism. I was enjoying your posts.

    I am glad you started this thread because I was sorely missing Sherpas in S.A. with John's homeland layover. Subscribed!! :clap
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  12. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    It's all cool man. This stuff needs its own thread anyhow. Welcome onboard !
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  13. shadman

    shadman Been here awhile

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    I really like your Iphone screen prints of roadmaps / towns / cities. That makes it easy for me to pull up where you are on Google Earth and look at the countryside and topography. Good stuff!:clap
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  14. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    10-4 on the screenshots. I just learned how to do them. Press both power buttons simultaneously ! The iPod is a great tool. We can look stuff up on the web , take a screen shot, and refer back to it later off line. We use the maps function in addition to the GPS , the clock timer for boiling eggs,calculator for foreign money exchange ,(USD$ here), Skype to call home, and Tapatalk to post on the forum. It's a very powerful tool for its size. This whole report will be photographed and posted by IPod
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  15. Hektoglider

    Hektoglider One with Life

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    Your gonna like it. It's a bit cheaper than Colombia. What impressed me is how clean it is. I'll try to post up some info of places we know of but didn't go see, kind of a FYI report as we go along . There's lots of cool places to go and explore. 10 days will be a good primer run........( bring your rain jacket LOL)
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    nvklr Been here awhile

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    Thanks to John Downs for the link to this report! Ride safe!
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  17. TrevorHeath

    TrevorHeath Roaming the World

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    Just an FYI .

    The entire G&Q (Guayaquil and Quito Railway) has been rebuilt after failing into disrepair and closing down in 2008.

    It is now open again

    TH
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  18. Hektoglider

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  19. FLARider1

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    We have a prepaid tour set up with lodging, meals, bike, gas etc. Quick and easiest way to do a ride with a limited amount of time to enjoy. 6 days of offroad in the mountains and then we keep the bikes for a run down to the coast for a couple of days. I will have good rain gear with me for sure!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Thanks again.....I am enjoying your updates!!
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  20. Hektoglider

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    We had the usual breakfast on the stove. It looks like clouds, even if its not raining we suit up , as we know we will hit it at some point . It's been raining everyday but sunny afterwards.
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    The super Sherpa dashboard tells me we got a nice early start 8:15, I have travelled 185km on this tank, and we have a nice cruising speed.....

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    We are heading back west. There are some cool villages with cabins for rent south of Puyo. We didn't go see that area.
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    We pass through the town of Shell, before we see the huge river that we will be following for the next hour or so
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    The rain started up and we got soaked pretty good .
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    The fog and mist along the route made it tough to see some of the river areas as we headed further up
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    We had to put the camera away as the rain got pretty heavy
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    Water was flowing pretty good
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    We saw a bridge so we went across, leaving the main highway , we knew there's a big waterfalls or 2 on this road so we looked at some signs and went a few km
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    We were unable to find anything cool here & the rain made it less desirable to explore so we went back to the main road
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    A footbridge looked interesting
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    Then we arrived at the big double falls
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    There was a cable going across & a big diesel motor
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    We pay the $1 each and get in the red basket. It's a very swift ride across with great views of the river valley. The motorman stops the cable in front of the falls for photo taking. We told him we didn't want to get out and walk on the other side, so as soon as we get there to whisk us back. It's not as scary as it looks.
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    We had no clue this cable ride was here, as we didn't do much research on this area. It was nice to stumble upon it and be surprised by it.
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    After the falls we went through a series of tunnels, and stopped at another waterfalls.
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    As we entered Banos the sky began to clear up. We were pretty soaked.
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