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Old 05-22-2013, 06:36 PM   #151
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At breakfast - or desayuno as we like to call it - we make a very important discovery answering the age old question, "What came first, the chicken or the egg?"



...and now, the egg...



There you have it, folks.

Remember. You heard it here first.

I do not know how I missed this at the time.....right out of EGSSA...



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Old 05-22-2013, 06:46 PM   #152
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Your coffee in a "TEA" cup cracks me up

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:46 PM   #153
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You guys are a natural comedy team, and this ride report doesn't make any more sense than pollo at desayuno - which makes it - perfect
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Old 05-23-2013, 03:10 PM   #154
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I do not know how I missed this at the time.....right out of EGSSA...



The other side of the story...



Folks, this is what happens when you end the riding day a bit on the early side and all you have to do is complain about the warm beer and make corny videos. Yes. VideoS. There are sure to be a few more from that afternoon.

You've been warned.

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You guys are a natural comedy team, and this ride report doesn't make any more sense than pollo at desayuno - which makes it - perfect
Why, thank you.

Word to the wise. Don't encourage us.






PS - Meant to mention this before...

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...We pull in, fuel up...
...regular is $1.48/gallon, super is $2.00/gallon.

Yes. A GALLON, not a litre.
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Old 05-23-2013, 04:38 PM   #155
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Meanwhile, back on the streets of Otavalo...



...I hang back with the bikes taking in the sights and playing with my camera...



...while Dave shops.

Once he disappears deep into the sea of blue tarps the gentleman across the way comes over and strikes up a 'conversation'. While we make a feeble attempt to communicate he checks out the bikes. His buddy joins him. We all just kind of hang.

Somewhere in all of the excitement I do manage to poach some wi-fi and check in back home. It's been a few days.

Eventually Dave returns...



...sporting his latest fashion accessory. He's gonna kill me.


Of course, we have to goad him into a close up, "You know, for our people back home...work the camera!"




Mid-shoot something goes dreadfully wrong!





Dude from across the way explains that this ascot is woven from the wool of an anaconda and it will eventually choke the life out of him.

"No señor. Not really."


All loose clothing tucked in out of the spokes, we make our way out of town...

Skip to 01:25 for the street market ride
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:36 PM   #156
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If you get a chance, the leather markets in Cotacachi is pretty cool. Just North of you now.
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Old 05-23-2013, 05:38 PM   #157
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Evilclown was a little green with envy at my purchase...he secretely was looking for his own red scarf but couldn't find one to match his idol...



In spite of all this fun we were having we decided to continue on....a different perspective of the same thing:



Once we got out of that mess the riding and scenery started to get really good...had a couple of delays though...vaca crossing




We also came across this crater lake along the way. It was a little touristy at the other end but Mike noticed this little slot of a farm road off to the right and at the end of it was this view:







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Old 05-24-2013, 03:04 AM   #158
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We quickly make our way out of town but not before swinging by Otavalo County Choppers...



...



...



As Dave sez, we end up and a National(?) Park of sorts...



...where I'm more interested in the VW bus than the mountain vista...





We decide to keep on moving. Gate dude shows us a shortcut to the road we think we're looking for. We take it and it soon connects to what prolly is the road we were looking for.

Zipping along, this path is spotted...



"I'll bet the view of that mountain is pretty good from over there..."



It gets better...



Nevermind the fact that the stitching cuts off Dave's bike.



Woulda made an awesome camping spot, complete with fire ring, if someone were to have packed their camping gear.

After taking it all in we head back to the main road...



...along with a trike rider and all of his friends...

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Old 05-24-2013, 03:09 AM   #159
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Glad you caught that little episode.

That windrow is much bigger than it appears in the video. Watching that pickup jump over that out of the way of the grader was hysterical.

He wasn't too impressed, though.
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Old 05-24-2013, 07:59 AM   #160
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It's a good thing that pickup was in front of me. When we came around the corner and saw that grader coming and it wasn't even slowing down, I thought oh shit....but fortunately I was able to follow the pickups track over that pile of gravel. Not sure I had enough momentum to make it through on my own in time.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:45 AM   #161
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It's a good thing that pickup was in front of me. When we came around the corner and saw that grader coming and it wasn't even slowing down, I thought oh shit....but fortunately I was able to follow the pickups track over that pile of gravel. Not sure I had enough momentum to make it through on my own in time.
Yep... I bet you were thinking "oh shit." Nice to see the score card did not end up... Grader "1", ADVer's "0".

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Old 05-25-2013, 07:47 AM   #162
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As a matter of reference, we're heading in a sorta Northwesterly direction, and that large mountain in the background that you just saw was Volcano Cotacachi at 4939 mtrs. We continued northwesterly towards the little towns called Apuela and then Penaherrara, for no particular reason. We subscribe to the loose concept of dead reckoning navigation and planning. We look at the map...pick a area that looks good to ride in for one reason or the other, then try to get there. We quickly are finding out that map accuracy is horrible and the gps is of very little use the farther out we get from the main roads.




We're riding in and out of clouds...




I thought there were no rules in Ecuador...







We're riding along minding our own business when Mike makes this awesome discovery.....





We're actually in Jurassic Park......the worm that eats the bird. We could actually see it's mouth it was so big...





There was quite a bit of construction going on in certain areas....damn engineers taking the twists and turns out of the road, preparing for touristas






Then back in the clouds...





Drop offs of several hundred feet are routine


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That was a big honkin' earthworm!

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Thanks for the compliments....

EvilClown may have his own take on this but I felt Ecuador was much less touristy than CR. Much less english spoken and very few North Americans traveling there. Now that said, we tend to stay away from the typical tourist areas and saw only a tiny bit of the country. It's about 5 times larger than CR and would take a lot more time to get the same feel for it that we did in CR after 3 trips there. There may be areas in Ecuador that are very touristy, and have lots of North Americans there...we just didn't get there. The only real tourist towns we went to were Otavalo, Mindo, and Banos. Out of those we only saw a couple of people from the states. As far as expense, it's a bit more expensive to get there but cheaper to travel in. Food, lodging, and fuel is way cheap in Ecuador.
Pretty much the same take on it. Only thing I might add is it appears to me in my limited exposure that they are currently gearing up for an increase in tourism with all of the infrastructure work including the new airport.
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Lunch time is long overdue

and we're tooling along these great mountain roads for several hours when we come upon this little town.



Comida tipica is just what the doctor ordered.

Empanada's con queso sprinkled with powdered sugar works just fine...twice.



Included in this stop are several interactions with some of the local personalities including this little girl that took a shining to EvilClown and his bag of tricks....



The ladies in the kitchen were very nice as well....

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^^^That was a great snack stop!^^^



Speaking of snacks...

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