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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