Two Gringos in Ecuador

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  1. wellcraft

    wellcraft Long timer

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    Being retired is a huge blessing and I was fortunate to retire in my fifties but the downside is all my friends still work and have families so my road trips are usually solo. But better to ride solo than not ride at all
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  2. swdirtrider

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    @scurry0 is Steve. He’s the one helping with my piss poor 40 year old memory. We met Steve for the first time in Banos on day 5. We crossed paths everyday after that. But we will get to Steve later=). He’s no spring chicken, and I say that with lots of admiration and respect. Steve proved to us that age really is only a number.
    Thanks for giving me an excuse to post one of my favorite pictures from Ecuador.
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  3. princess jamaica

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    Did you try the guinea pig?We spent 6 weeks in Ecuador about 9 years ago.We were looking at it as a retirement option.While we loved it,it was going to be too complicated for us to go back and forth from the states(5 dogs).We ended up in Baja,and couldn't be happier.We met Court when he was working out of a very small shop,and obviously his business has grown.He had a great reputation then as well.For anyone thinking about going,also consider the Galapagos.Great RR,thanks for taking us along.
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  4. Tiggerrrrider

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    Same here, retired at 54 but also swapped countries (UK to USA) so all my riding buddies were/are 3000mls away, but other than Sunday pootles out with the missus on her 750 Shadow, l ride solo & enjoy it more than group riding! 19402141_662354680620712_1186464613284536401_o.jpg
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  5. wellcraft

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    Awesome picture where was it taken? I enjoy riding solo when I'm doing day trips and I enjoy riding in small groups, 4-6 riders, but don't like riding in large groups. I rode with a friend out out to Montana from PA last July and it was a much better trip with two than just one, someone to talk with, someone to share expenses, someone along in case of emergency. We rode some pretty remote roads and if there was a accident or breakdown riding solo 50 miles from civilization wouldn't have been fun.
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  6. Tiggerrrrider

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    Mount Evans Colorado.
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  7. wellcraft

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    Didn't recognize the road, we rode MT Evans July 2019 and had a great time except for the hail that started coming down once we started back down the mountain. Hail, narrow roads, steep drop offs and motorcycles don't mix well :-)
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  8. swdirtrider

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    Don’t have much time today for a ride report. Both my kids are getting their wisdom teeth taken out so I will leave you with Day 3. This turned out to be one of the most memorable rides of my life. I think Sam Manicom put it best with this quote
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    Day 3 from Canoa to Quevedo
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  9. ScotsFire

    ScotsFire And then a drifter rode into town... Supporter

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  10. Madscientist

    Madscientist Been here awhile

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    Really enjoying this report!
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  11. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    That was a f*ckin' outstanding video @swdirtrider! First off, great work with the drone - nice job chasing your buddy and keeping him in frame. Have a fair amount of experience doing/attempting that and it's not easy.

    That river crossing was nucking futs man; talk about a narrow path of wood to follow. I can't imagine trying to do that if the wood was wet - be a nightmare. And really cool crossing the river on that ferry.

    Totally enjoyed the update, hope the kids are ok - getting wisdom teeth out sucks.

    Look forward to the report from the day and what comes next!
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  12. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Beat me to it lol.

    Loved Canoa (and Montanita)
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  13. scurry0

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    Hi Dan. Ecuador and Peru are stand outs.
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  14. AlfromNH

    AlfromNH Been here awhile Supporter

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    My nephew and I did the self-guided Dirt Deluxe tour a couple years ago. Well before the pandemic, but like you it seemed like we were the only people at most of the places we stayed.

    The accommodations were world class, every night I was thinking “I’d like to come spend a week just in this place”. Freedom runs a great operation, everything is extremely well thought out. All I can say is, pick a tour that looks good to you, and go!
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    Great Video! and Great Report, thanks for taking us along!
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    They offer guided tours and having taken one,I can highly recommend it. Freedom is a fantastic organization.
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  17. swdirtrider

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    Today was planned as a laid back 4-5 hour road ride, leaving at 11ish, to the town of Quevedo. The night before we made the decision to get an early start and be on the road by 8:30. We both hoped to find more unique and exciting experiences, much like the previous two days. We started the morning the same way we left the night before. Breakfast was in the bar/restaurant, where we met another Expat. This couple had lived in Ecuador for 3 years and came to Canoa for the amazing paragliding. We shared some flying stories before heading out. It became very apparent the laid back lifestyle, low cost of living, and hospitable people made this a very desirable place to have a retirement home.
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    With the bikes packed up, we scrolled through the GPS to find today’s route. The first one we found said, “Day 3 Dirt”. Since we asked for a dual sport ride, we figured that would be the ticket. All loaded up, we started southbound along the Pacific towards Bahia De Caraquez. It was a perfect morning to ride, temps in the 60s, a light sea breeze, and mostly sunny. We decided to make a quick gas stop since didn’t know how the day would unfold. We had a great chat with a local cop who informed us of the great off-road riding just east of here in the hills. We wished for more time to explore, but maybe next time, we wanted to see what our well planned route had in store.
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    We started eastbound away from the water and towards the hills. Being on a motorcycle, we truly felt immersed in the country. The smell of the ocean was being replaced with smell of shrimp farms. Hotels and beach homes morphed into small coastal huts and hard working farms. Today was yet again shaping up to be another brilliant glimpse into what all Ecuador has to offer. Little did we know just how amazing it would be!
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  18. liv2day

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    Nice cliff hanger and teaser @swdirtrider! Damn great pics too; need to get my arse south. Think my buddies might still be down there riding, need to check in with them and find out.
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  19. skydawg

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    I’m a pilot and often had 2 day layovers in Quito and would rent YZF450s from a company called Moto Loco and ventured into the mountains....a magical place for riding. ...and I was even being paid to be there, which technically allowed me to tell women I’m a professional rider. Airline later said no high risk activities on layovers after one of us went down hard in Argentina or Chile causing a flight to be cancelled next day. But, your notes are prompting me to return to the scene of the crime on my own dime and will give Freedom a call. Thanks.
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  20. swdirtrider

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    Shortly after 10am with missed our turn and had to backtrack to the magic purple line guiding us through our day. We found the small single lane road hidden behind rows of palms, no wonder we blew right by. It seemed like a great time for water and look at the map. It didn’t take long to realize we now weren’t on the planned route for Day 3. The provided itinerary for the day showed us way off our intended route, the easy laid back day. The decision was made to just keep pressing forward since we had the purple line on the GPS. We weren’t sure what to expect, but what the heck, it’s supposed to be an adventure. We noticed lots of little bikes on street tires and full of mud making their way out of the hills.
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    As we road further into the hills, it became pretty apparent we had just missed a good amount of rain. The roads were filled with puddles and lots of mud, but the GS with good tires didn’t miss a beat. Despite the mud, the traction was really good in most spots. We settled into a good pace as we made our way through villages and farms. The riding, the weather, the scenery, the people, it was all perfect. The only bit of concern after two hours of pure bliss, was the fact we seemed to be making SLOW progress on that magic purple line. Early afternoon was upon us, and it seemed the perfect opportunity for a break, and a chance to break out the drone. It didn’t take long to scare myself with a power line, they are well hidden down here.
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    It was 2pm now, time to get moving since breakfast was our last meal. Normally I have power bars, nuts, or jerky with me. This trip, I had overlooked that with all the excitement. Unfortunately I didn’t take many pictures from this point on since we were trying to make good time. The roads continued to become more muddy, it seemed as though we were a couple hours behind the rain, which is a great place to be.

    The Motoz Adventure tires were doing great.
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    We aren’t good with Spanish, but this sign looked good to us!
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