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
My new pal's China enduro
My bike's little hideaway