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Old 05-04-2012, 03:14 AM   #39
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Joined: Jun 2006
Location: Thailand
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Checking into Ecuador I met fellow rider from the UK on a Versys he'd bought in Cali. We rode together for most of the day and had a fine meal in a friendly little town.
He sidestepped Quito and I went into Quito which is a huge nasty snarl of smoky traffic.
I had to buy a new rear tube for the bike. I'd just used up my spare in Colombia.
Stayed in a great guesthouse.
Met the owner of the local Kawasaki dealer(he rides an Africa Twin). Got VIP treatment. He invited me to join a weekend ride with them to the coast. I passed because I had the hot springs in Baņos on my mind.

Baņos is a very cool quiet little town. It gets busy on weekends with tourists from Quito. All in all a very mellow scene. I could have stayed there much longer. A definite breath of fresh air after Colombia!
Interestingly at my hotel I met another American who had just returned from Thailand and the stereotypical greedy/issan/witch scenario, we shared numerous tall tales over numerous tall beers.

Local marching band, man I was having fun!

Went to the hot springs everyday I was there

Town Plaza

My new pal's China enduro

My bike's little hideaway

Interesting trees.
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