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EvilClown 04-23-2013 06:42 PM

ECUADOR: Maintaining Rigid Flexibility
 

http://evilclown.smugmug.com/Travel/...MAG3107-XL.jpg

Edit: Skip ahead to page five for the beginning of our un-ride report.

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Disclaimer: This thread, by no means, guarantees or implies that a 'ride report' is going to happen, it merely allows a spot for a random picture or video to be tossed up for anyone who may be thinking about travel to Ecuador or who may want to follow along on our trip if we* do happen to produce a ride report. We'll see what develops.

*I say we. In reality I don't dare try and suck whizzerwheel into another one of these things but if he wanders in on his own he'll be more than welcome.

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Fortunate enough to be able to step off the treadmill for a few weeks a year, whizzerwheel and I have made annual trips to Costa Rica to ride motorcycles the last couple of years. One was carefully documented. The second, not so much.

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At least not to the point where it was posted. There certainly are more than enough photos and videos.

Ride report or not, rest assured, we did spend our time wisely learning more about the language and various cultural nuances...

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...as we already had plans to expand our south of the border travels in the future.

EvilClown 04-24-2013 03:36 AM

The future is now...
 
Sometime last year, before we even boarded the plane for Costa Rica, the idea of an Ecuador trip was hatched. It was actually the product of a discussion Dave (whizzerwheel)* had had with a customer of his that had lived there for several years. Why not? We've traveled to places for lesser reasons. Besides, it fits within the very loosely laid out plan of 'Central and South America by motorcycle – one piece at a time. If you don't have a huge chunk of time to take to do it all at once, you have to adapt.

There are some advantages to doing it this way - we're not just riding through these countries. We're hitting alot of the nooks and crannies off the beaten path. Or at least that's what we set out to do.

http://evilclown.smugmug.com/Travel/...IMGP5907-L.jpg

As stated in the disclaimer: we'll see what develops. Stole that line from Dave, btw.


*Maybe we can lure Dave in early and get him to offer some firsthand insight to the discussion leading up to our choice of destinations - otr anything, for that matter.

poolman 04-24-2013 06:17 AM

Ecuador
 
Looking forward to another excellent Evil Clown / Wizzerwheel team ride report!

Please post soon.. I'm planning to ride in Ecuador in June and you always seem to find the good spots.

Cheers,

EvilClown 04-25-2013 02:52 AM

Thanks for dropping in, Poolman!:wave

With any luck, buy the time it's over something useful will be posted in here.:lol3

EvilClown 04-25-2013 02:54 AM

With well over a year to prepare one might think that we'd be speaking Spanish dang near fluently by now and that collecting our gear and packing it up would be a snap. Au contraire. I haven't cracked open a Spanish book since before we left last February. It's predicted that I'll regret that. Some of the most fun on these trips is interacting with the locals.

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It's also predicted that, forced into having to use it, I'll learn more Spanish faster.

That doesn't help us with the other languages they speak in Ecuador, though...

GB 04-25-2013 07:50 AM

C'mon slacker, let's see what you've been up to :thumb

:lurk

Hipster 04-25-2013 10:23 AM

Looking forward to more, Ecuador is on my list to places to ride. Who did you rent the bikes from?

EvilClown 04-26-2013 02:31 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hipster (Post 21265655)
Looking forward to more, Ecuador is on my list to places to ride. Who did you rent the bikes from?

Thanks for coming along. Hipster! Hopefully we can pass along something helpful.

We'll get to that part.:evil

Quote:

Originally Posted by GB (Post 21264527)
C'mon slacker, let's see what you've been up to :thumb

:lurk

Hey, GB!:wave You don't want to see what I've been up to.:deal

BTW, not to talk shop, but if you find this doesn't belong here do what you gotta do.



Oh, one more thing...

:happay:wings:happay:rayof:happay

:super

EvilClown 04-26-2013 03:09 AM

Plane ticket...check!

Passport...check!

Imodium...check!

Riding gear...check!

We're going live, folks. We're heading to Beantown! :clap :clap :clap Ok. Right after we pick up Whizzer, we're heading to Beantown.

In a little over half a day I hope to be buying the celebratory first round in Quito! That, or you'll be watching us on the news.:uhoh

NHBill 04-26-2013 04:42 AM

:clap:clap:clap

Travel Safe, Guys!!

...and, oh yeah, HAVE A BLAST!!!!


:ear

Tomaso 04-26-2013 06:54 AM

I'm in! And will try not to be too impatient. :jive

SidecarSue 04-26-2013 11:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by EvilClown (Post 21271437)
Plane ticket...check!

Passport...check!

Imodium...check!

Riding gear...check!

We're going live, folks. We're heading to Beantown! :clap :clap :clap Ok. Right after we pick up Whizzer, we're heading to Beantown.

In a little over half a day I hope to be buying the celebratory first round in Quito! That, or you'll be watching us on the news.:uhoh

:slurpEnjoy!

EvilClown 04-26-2013 11:39 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SidecarSue (Post 21274085)
:slurpEnjoy!

:raabia

EvilClown 04-26-2013 12:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by NHBill (Post 21271652)
:clap:clap:clap

Travel Safe, Guys!!

...and, oh yeah, HAVE A BLAST!!!!


:ear

Thanks, Bill!

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tomaso (Post 21272179)
I'm in! And will try not to be too impatient. :jive

Ask around. You can't be in a hurry with my ride reports.:lol3


edit: not sure how this whole pic thing is gonna work out...

miguelitro 04-26-2013 01:26 PM

I heard from a friend that the weather in the highlands is absolutely beautiful right now! Enjoy the country.
Mike


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