Two Gringos in Ecuador

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by swdirtrider, Feb 9, 2021.

  1. Golden955

    Golden955 Been here awhile

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    Wait a second, is this just a cleverly disguised PSA for Ecuador? Because in the words of the late Chris Farley, "that was awesome."

    Can't wait for the rest. Thank you for taking us on your ride.
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  2. swdirtrider

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    Late afternoon was quickly approaching and we came to our first dilemma. The GPS showed a us going down what seemed to be a little goat trail to the Cevallos river. As we made our way about 500 feet we saw what appeared to be a foot bridge. “No way people actually ride across this, maybe it’s just a sight seeing spot”. So as we sat there trying to figure out where we were supposed to go, we noticed a couple bikes making their way across. These bikes were tiny little 125s. Then as they neared our side of the bridge the passengers got off so they could actually make it up the ridiculously steep hill that led up from the bridge. It was off camber, super steep, and filled with gravel. We would need to go down this if we actually wanted to cross.
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    We used an old trick my Kiwi buddy @shearboy2004 taught me. We killed the engine and used the clutch in first gear to control the back end, and front brake to slowly work our way down. These 500lbs beemers weren’t nearly as nimble as the 125s buzzing around. For Josh, this was a whole new world, much different than backing his Indian into a local bar. But he did awesome, even knowing when to ask for a hand.
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    Once we were both on the bridge it was almost surreal to have these huge bikes on this little bridge. I actually caught one of my bags on the post at the last corner. I shit my pants for a split second, but it all worked out. Thankfully the thought of dumping one never crossed our mind until we made it across. Pretty sure these things don’t swim well, and we sure didn’t want to find out.
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    At this point, we were high on adrenaline, but not sure what else would be in store. We noticed on the GPS there was another water crossing a bit further. Ecuador was not like home, people just make shit happen down here. So the thought of another crazy crossing had us a bit concerned since it was getting late in the day. We had a quick look at the map and realized there was really no other way to go, but it did show a ferry. So onward we went, it’s an adventure right.

    The dirt roads now seemed a bit better than they’d been earlier, so surely the ferry must be legit. We approached the body of water and watched as multiple boats made their way to us. Looking around for a building or somewhere to pay turned up nothing, just waves from the boats motioning us to come down (I’m sure they figured we weren’t from these parts). Apparently, the big, easy to ride on and off ferry is for cars. Bikes were supposed to use the row boats with motors. So when in Rome...
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    Getting on seemed relatively easy, despite breaking a couple planks with my kickstand. I guess these boats don’t like fat bikes. We shoved off, in what to us felt like the ultimate experience. Here we were, in this awesome country, crossing the Gualipe River with our 14 year old Captain!
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    I was busy trying to take video with a grin ear to ear. Josh on the other hand was being logical, “how the hell are we going to turn these bloated bikes around in this tiny boat and ride up that monster hill on the other side”.
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    Our Captain laughed at our concern, knowing there’s always a way. Once gracefully docked, we made the 35 point turn and managed to get both bikes off without tipping his ship.
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    We had an hour to go until reaching Quevedo. It was one of the few times we kept the Cardo intercoms busy for an hour straight. Reliving what Ecuador had just given us, the memories, the experience, the uneasiness of the day. It certainly wasn’t close to what we had anticipated when we set off from the beach. It’s true, the best adventures often happen on a road you hadn’t planned on traveling!
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  3. 9w6vx

    9w6vx Pergo et Perago

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    I would have shit in my pants on the little bridge.
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  4. scurry0

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    Well done, lads. Onward and upward. Keep it coming..
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  5. liv2day

    liv2day Life is about how you handle Plan B Supporter

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    Just plain outstanding @swdirtrider, what a seriously killer experience on the bikes in a foreign country. I wondered when that bridge was going to make an appearance in your RR after seeing it in video. Was the bridge floating and moving as you rode across, or did it stay pretty stationary?

    Really enjoyed this update, the memories created from that section of riding - wow.

    Keep 'em coming, appreciate you updating the RR!
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  6. Anwar Namtut

    Anwar Namtut Been here awhile

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    Whether it is or not, it's working!
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  7. swdirtrider

    swdirtrider Adventurer

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    The bridge was actually very stable, it’s more intimidating to look at, than it is to ride. The worst part was getting down the hill leading to it. Our trip could have ended right there and I would have been content. Thankfully though it didn’t.
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  8. swdirtrider

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    We arrived in Quevedo around 5:30, tired and hungry. A quick shower and $4 cab ride took us to an amazing Chinese restaurant, Chifa Jade. I surely hadn’t planned on Chinese in Ecuador, but in Quevedo it’s one of the best restaurants in town. Quevedo was a busy place, the biggest city we’d been to since leaving Quito. Taking a cab was nice after the long day of riding.
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    After dinner it was 2 beers and the nightly routine of recharging and keeping memory cards free. Lesson learned for me, bring more micro SD cards. We had 4 256gb between the two of us. But it seemed liked every other night was spent clearing out more room and downloading it to iPads and phones. It would have much easier to bring more cards and not worry about it. First world problems I guess.
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  9. Golden955

    Golden955 Been here awhile

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    As SWDirt attests, I would have already cleared my bowels on that drop to the bridge.
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  10. swdirtrider

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    Morning came with a low overcast and little drizzle. It made for a great nights sleep, we were well rested and ready to hit the road by 8am. Breakfast was good and the hotel restaurant actually had a few guests. It was nice to finally see a hotel with some business. We set off from Quevedo in the morning rush hour. The city smelled so fresh from the night of rain. The city was colorful and bustling with activity.
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    It was fascinating that the major roads through town lacked any painted lanes. At some points it would be 4 wide, others sections it would go down to 1 or 2. But it’s always seemed to work and we made it out of town in no time at all.
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    Shortly after leaving the city we ventured into miles of Palm groves. With Ecuador’s mild climate, palm oil is major export for them. It’s used world wide in everything from cereals, to soaps, to cosmetics. The sweeping roads and light traffic made for a wonderful start to the morning. In the distance we could see the landscape climbing, we would be starting our way up into the Andes soon. The tops of the hills were masked by the clouds, which would most likely mean more rain.
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    We approached the town of Moraspungo, and greeted to a Saturday festival and market at town square. It was here, in the mist of a crazy traffic jam that Josh about a hit a pedestrian. Our only close call of the trip thankfully.
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    Riding in Ecuador always has its challenges, vehicles, animals, people, weather, but that’s what makes this fun. Leaving town we headed up higher into the mountains and into the rain.
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  11. travisn000

    travisn000 Been here awhile

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    I was trying to figure out where this is.. is it here??
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  12. swdirtrider

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  13. Ohio_Danimal

    Ohio_Danimal If I die trying, at least I tried Supporter

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    Awesome post and pics
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  14. Pete Pilot

    Pete Pilot Been here awhile

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    Enjoying this. Please continue. Petepilot
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  15. michaellmcc

    michaellmcc Been here awhile

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    Wonderful ride and reporting!
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  16. Old Codger

    Old Codger Been here awhile Supporter

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    Wow what a great ride report and pictures. If I was not so old I would pack up and leave tomorrow. :clap
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  17. tppilot

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    3582B2C3-47B2-45AA-89CF-22D3DE4DC5E7.jpeg How did you strap that Purdy roller bag to the bike? LOL
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  18. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    Great RR so far, I hope you continue with the rest of it!

    I'm planning on doing the same trip next year, and I have a question about gear. Would you prioritize ventilation or weather protection? I am pretty warm blooded, I don't get cold easily, so I'm leaning towards prioritizing ventilation, but with the elevation changes and variable weather I'm wondering if I should worry more about waterproofing than airflow.
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