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DAY 122-125, Feb. 9-12, 2012, Quito, Temp 10-24C (360/15,330km)
Road wary after having a cold for 5 days with a bit of a stomach bug too a rest in Quito would be welcomed and I found a comfortable spot to do it. Of course I first had to make my way over the Colombia / Ecuador border (my first South American border, which are considered much easier than the Central American borders).
A nice ride Pasto to Ipiales in a valley most of the way with an urgent "rest stop" halfway C7R7T2/3V8. Oh and don't miss Las Lajas, UNBELIEVABLE!!!
|View from Andres' roof top|
|Andres and brother enjoying|
photos with Bumble Bee.
|Andres and his Pulsar|
|Rough road heading out of Pasto|
Bit of video of road cresting valley C7R7T2/3V8
|If it were raining I'd be sweet|
|Uphill futbol, that's the ticket!|
|"Damn kids making a mess"|
|Bold confession in a Tourist church|
|Great use of the surrounding rock|
|High up, definitely.|
|Foot bath and prayers along the wall|
|Post card shot|
|I thought this was a good shot|
|Thanks to Guillaume for the tip to stop here. One of the|
best stops on my trip.
|Not to take away from the Church|
but this is what you will see in the
|Let's not forget this cute little dude|
|Colombia / Ecuador border. Not always the case, but|
these two share a border and check point within metres.
|I'm out of here and in to Ecuador!|
3km ahead I realized the 2 countries
share check points and returned to
check myself in to Ecuador. Oops.
|Line cutting Nun! She probably|
paid someone off.
|Love this sign which the nun walked passed as|
she jumped the queue.
|My helpful Colombians practising|
English at the border. Isabella,
Edwin and Freath.
|First looks at Ecuador and I like it|
|That's a full rack|
|tree and bush lined hills|
|Another favourite shot. Believe it or not I was shooting|
from the hip here.
|Locals drying crops on the road. |
Smart use of space.
|"If you want to be Lance Armstrong, you need to let go|
of that bumper pal"
|Beautiful valley climbing to 2000m.|
|Initially I thought Ecuadorians were a little more relaxed|
than Colombians on the road, but I may be wrong. Here
this guy is blowing around cars on the right side. I
thought that kind of crazy was reserved for Motorbikes.
|Bit more forest through this section|
with nice mountain peaks.
|Huge sweeping curves, FUN!|
|Moving up to 2600m the temperature started to drop to|
19C or so, but still comfortable enough.
|Let's not forget to mention that they|
charge motorbikes $.20 at the Peaje
in Northern Ecuador. Pain in the ass.
|1.5 million people and packed suburbs surrounding Quito|
|Possibly, take your kid to work day?|
|Solid traffic during Rush Hour|
|Sure the food is cheaper than Colombia, but you may need|
to order 2 lunches at this small size.
|Conor "1Man,2Wheels, 3Americas|
and a side case"
|Went to City Moto for a new front tire. Got a Continential|
Trail Attack and a shitty vibration problem at the same
time, weird? Willy did not fix my problem or take the likely
defective tire back.
|Everyone is in Quito|
|Old town Quito|
|Young lovers and Conor|
|Gentlemen, are you enjoying the food?|
|Let's go to the City Museum|
|The natives fighting the Spanish.|
LOVE the look on that guys face!
|So much happening in this painting|
|Thanks Carolina for the tour!!!|
In the background is La Virgen de
Quito which is a good spot to get
|Conor the politician being interviewed by a Spanish|
Magazine wanting to know if he agreed with upgrading
the old town for tourism in turn taking away from the locals
|John and Pounch from C.H.I.P.S?|
|20km out of Quito you can go to the Equator|
|Apparently it's easy to balance|
an egg at the equator. yeah right!
|The face of a guy who didn't pay $3|
for a proper tour. what's going on?
|Whoa, now that's interesting! My first car was a 1981|
Ford Mustang in silver. Don't like Ford now, but you
never forget your first car!
|Entrance to Museo Solar Intinan|
|Super friendly energy filled Selima|
and her husband at El Arupo
|Hot plate steak for $10. Look at it all|
|Plaza Fuch where a lot of night life happens|
|One tequila shot for the bride to be|
|Party bus with Vodka provided by the girls, yes!|
|Back of the bus fun|
|Thanks girls for the fun night|
|Leaving the unnamed hostel owned by El Arupo|
|This kid is impressed with the bike|
|Somehow I just didn't feel a "thumbs|
up" represented traffic leaving Quito
|Two lanes of heaven. Quito to Latacunga C4R8T3V7.|
|These poor girls|
|Can't find a good spot to cross|
|After Latacunga in to the mountains on|
a very shit road for about 30km
|Annoying Mountain Dogs|
always chasing you down
|At the top of the pass 4000m|
|Rain, fog, cold, bad road...Paradise?|
|Plus some traffic too|
|Highland Indian people|
|hand to hand loading, old school|
|Highland life in Zumbahua|
|Little hazards in my path|
|One of a couple very |
new bridges in to Quevedo
|Beautiful fountain round-a-bout|
just down from the club shop
|At the Club shop having a beer|
|"Look guys, I'm just parking here for a minute, really."|
|Where did everyone go?|
|Tires in Bathrooms???|
|Tires in Bathrooms???|
|This one needs a better photo. The|
partition in the middle of the shot
goes to the wall. So if you were to
dry your hands you would be in
close quarters with someone
peeing. I had to laugh.
|Many traffic jugglers on my trip. One of the better ones.|
|Always amazed to see what type of|
pitch the people endure to play
|Perhaps a drug deal about to go wrong|
|That's a classic Foosball Table! Metal|
players and a MARBLE for a ball
|More impressive loads|
|Very normal to see the baby|
sandwiched between the parents