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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Kedgi, Oct 7, 2012.
I have a lot of ride report to catch up on.
Before I left Quito Steve, Julie and I made a trip to the Old Town.
We had supper at a nice hotel and I snapped a few pictures as dusk was falling. I never thought to get a picture of Julie and Steve...Duh!
A strange procedure. When a certain type of desert is ordered, they turn out the light in the restaurant, the desert looks like a big ice ream sundae with a sparkler in it, and it is delivered by a guy wearing what looks like a purple KKK outfit.
Bryce told me he had seen the procedure the day before and then we saw it the next night,
A few pictures from the ride Quito to Pedro Carbo
Not quite a chicken bus but not a highway coach either. There were tons of them on the road.
The little guy that thought it was so funny to see an old Gringo appear from under my helmet
The crowd that gathered
The pouring rain before I found the Hotel Orlando
Pedro Carbo's the town the Hotel Orlando was in. This is the main street
Lots of these tuk tuks in town
I tried to buy Soat (insurance) the ladies said I already had it. I do have an Ecuador document I didn't know I had. I think the Aduhana printed it and put it with my paperwork. I cant think of another explanation
Next Day, on the ride from the Hotel Orlando to Montanita
Ecuador Coast north of Montanita
The road from where I met the Ocean to Montanita was great. Used amost all the tire
The church next to my Hostal....Labrador?
A bunch of Colombian and Ecuador bikes were in town
This Ducati Diavel was nice
My German friends, from Cali were also in town. Jana, Nikko, and Lawrence. They are now travling with Maline. She is a very nice girl, a nurse from Denmark
In Quito, Nikko walked home alone from a bar late one night and was robbed of his camera, or more accurately Laurence's camera. He was unhurt until he punched a concrete wall in frustration and broke his hand. Now he's in a cast for 8 weeks. I should have taken a picture of the cast. I forgot.
The Germans have a tradition of melting a soft metal in a spoon over a candle and droppit it in water. Then your friends interpret the shape to see what kind of a New Year you're going to have.
I took this picture of Jana taking her turn but the photo didn't turn out too well
While we were doing that here is the street scene below. My Hostal is the one across the street in the upper left. $40 bucks for a room with no towel and no TP. They had parking for the moto though and secure parking was hard to find
At one intersection there were hundreds of these little birds sleeping on the power lines
We watched NFL football yesterday....Seahawks Won!
Then today it was time to move again and I rode to Cuenca
Along the Ecuador Coast
The terrain is very dry, Lots of cactus growing up through bare bushes
Nice old jeep at a gas station along the way
You have to like Ecuador gas prices
3.24 gallons for $7.07
lots of little places like this all along the way
I finally crossed the desert section and began to climb the pass to Cuenca. Foggy, rainy cold and then really cold the higher I got. It was about 30C when I left Montanita and it must have been close to freezing at the top of the pass. I had my winter gloves on and the heated grip on 4 and my hands were still chilly
My Hostal in Cuenca
They let me park my bike in their restaurant.
The view from my room
Another church on the other side of the Hostal
My moto in the restaurant
Now you're up to date, more from Cuenca tomorrow
I greatly enjoyed your last series of pix. Fascinating. I think you grabbed a good deal of the spirit of the places you recently visited and conveyed them well to we who are sitting here in our offices.
Just to explain one thing. San Isidore Labrador means he's St. Izzie, the Laborer. It has nothing to do with the dog or Canada.
You should put your donation link in your signature line so it is on every post.
I knew when I took that picture that someone on ADVrider would be able to explain Labrador in Ecuador
This has been an amazing ride
Thanks for taking us along.
It has been an amazing ride with lots left to come. Thanks for following along
How long do you anticipate till your done?
I am planning a one year ride of the USA starting in June 2013.
I had only planned Baja Cali next winter, now, thanks to this amazing ride report, looks like Zipolite is on the itinerary for Xmas 2013.
I highly recommend Zipolite as a place to just chill and enjoy the beach. If you make the effort to find the Samastro and Andreas, you won't be sorry. Awesome guy.
I am loosely planning, shipping the bike to Miami from Buenos Aires at the beginning of March. Airfreight is pricey but very convenient. I hear that when it is all said and done shipping by boat is not that much cheaper.
My wife has a work related course in Atlanta the first week of March. I have friends all up the Eastern Seaboard. In March it's typically much too cold to ride in NB but I could slowly make my way north and leave the bike for a month or so at a friends place and come back and get it.
My in-laws spend the Winter in Florida and as another option I could store the bike there and get it when NB warms up.
I don't want to sell the bike. After riding it all this way I want to keep it, even if it is just a memento in my garage. The bike still has a lot of life left in it though. Who knows there are likely more trips left in it.
I took a walk around Cuenca today and took a lot of pictures so you can all see how beautiful this old city is.
This was the scene outside my room this morning. It appears to be a place where larbourers go to meet contractors that have work
The Cathedral in the morning light
A look around Cuenca, Ecuador
A better look at my Hostal
The Barber Shop
I stopped and had a haircut and shave from this fine gentleman. The royal treatment. He spent about 35 or 40 minutes fussing over me. He charged $5 I gave him $10. It was worth all of that to me. He had the most beautiful ballroom dance music with a Spanish flair playing. It was an unforgettable haircut.
There are dozens of beautiful churches here
One of hundreds of nice Hostals
If you were to come here on your bike and had trouble finding a place with secure parking. There are many Parquederos here. Public 24hour parking, that is reasonable
Park all night for $2
If I had some way to get it home I would love one of these fine hats
Check out the wooden scaffold at the top of this steeple. It has to be close to 200 ft up
This is the front view. The scaffold was on the back of the left steeple
There was a fire or accident down this street. Lots of Policia on their bikes and Bomberos (Firefighters) in their trucks
A sculpture on the side of a building. Look to me like maybe a union promotion
The great building go on and on.
Yet another fine church
Cuenca has some nice parks
Inside the big cathedral....magnificent!
Across the street from my hostal. Pots and pans for sale in several stores. You see this a lot in SA makes me think I need a pot
And finally, while I was out walking, Trusty the KLR was waiting patiently in the restaurant, getting ready to go to Peru
Now you've seen Cuenca. What do you think?
I think I'd like to get my butt there someday. Thanks for the continuing tour.
It's an amazing place!
I'm headed toward Peru tomorrow!
Thanks for following along
I am getting ready this morning to ride to Loja Ecuador. It is kind of wet and cool here this morning with fog in the mountains, and Loja is 200kms south, through the mountains. I know 200kms doesn't sound like much but we'll see how it goes.
If I spend the night in Loja I'm fairly close to the Peruvian border and the road from Loja is a big descent to the border.
It's nice to get to borders fairly early in the day if you can arrange it.
Talk to you from Loja
Safe travels to Peru !
What's w/ the 3 upside down American flags?
Safe travels to Peru and beyond...
Might be riding this weekend, over 12 degrees C and sunny.
Been to St Andrews many moons ago.
RCD, N/W Lake Ontario
I have been enjoying you RR since the beginning! You're doing a fantastic job - thanks!!
I think you're also following JDown's RR, but just in case, crashmaster mentioned this thread http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=854270 by csustewy regarding new fees when entering Argentina by land. This other thread as more specific infos for Canucks like us : http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/south-america/fees-at-argentina-land-borders-67957. In short:
For Canadians the $75.00 fee is valid for multiple entries from bordering countries for 3 months.
There is a $150.00 option that is valid for multiple entries for 5 years
This need to be confirmed, but thought I would relay the head's up anyway.
Odd, that doesn't look like a Home Depot.
FWIW, Cuenca is being touted as one of the hot spots to retire. Perpetual spring, good healthcare and low cost of living. From your photos, it looks like a pretty attractive city.
We can't apply our North American views to time and distance down there. Few weeks ago, I drove 115 km from Santa Ana to La Fortuna, Costa Rica (not on bike, in a Daihatsu Bego). The drive easily took 3 hours, and the roads were paved all the way.
Take 'er slow and easy. Not like you have to be anywhere at any particular time.
I can confirm this as accurate. I just went through the process online and purchased the 5 year option. Kedgi, you're going to need to pay the fee online before you enter Argentina. Note that the options don't show up until you actually go through the process and register. Then when it comes time to pay you have the choice.
Dwight, I met you in McAllen TX, I'm Victor the managerr from Logans. Just finished catching up, a lot happened since November, all I can say is wow and keep going. Have fun and keep the updates coming.