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Old 03-14-2012, 04:01 PM   #2536
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Great Report! Discovered it about 5 days ago and just finished it while I am suppose to be working. My productivity the few days has been zero and I blame you 100%.

Safe Travels!
Thanks. This is a read at your own risk thread!
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:10 PM   #2537
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Old 03-14-2012, 04:54 PM   #2538
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:50 PM   #2539
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I've read accounts on HUBB and elsewhere of one or two stored bikes in Ecuador gone missing when left with supposedly trustworthy "Adventure Friendly" business people, this 6 or 7 years back. Al from the Turtleshead (now in Colombia) may have details/advice. Do take care. [/QUOTE]

I've got those details too. I'll send a PM. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:06 AM   #2540
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I've got those details too. I'll send a PM. Thanks for the reminder.
Appreciate the warnings..... Feel pretty good about the contact through Klaus at Casa Helbling......
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Old 03-15-2012, 06:55 AM   #2541
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Scooting around Quito!

Have been resting up, and exploring around Quito.

Young James tries on a $10 helmet at the MegaMaxi....



We took the opportunity to clean our bikes.





Then we went out to dinner at Albert's old pub in Quito.



Having a true pint.





Young James feeling at home.....



Funny signs.



Then Hector shows up.





On the ride back to the Hostel, we spotted a few adventure type bikes, and stopped to chat. The guy on the left is "Fed" who Clark White had ridden with. The guy on the right is an Australian who has been riding through South America.



Then we met Carlos from Colombia who now lives in Quito. He is the head of L.A.M.A Really nice Guy!









And the obligatory photo with the pretty girl at the restaurant.




Then Wednesday we had set up a day riding scooters with Freedombikerental.com. on a tour around Quito. We had a great day horsing around as we scooted around town. What a great day. Young James is working on the video ..... You will like it!



Young James might not be able to handle the power!



We saw the sights.....





Ate some street food!



Court from Freedom Rental. While in Quito it is worth a stop to say hello. Rent a scooter and tour the city. You will not be disappointed!

http://freedombikerental.com/

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Old 03-15-2012, 01:43 PM   #2542
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Mark, if by chance you make a detour to Colorado when you are stateside, just remember I'm now in Denver.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:14 PM   #2543
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Two of my favourite things to check out in third world countries.

1) The street food (obviously)

2) The wonderful excuses they have for helmets. I have worn a couple in Bali, with rental bikes, that honestly have the same snell rating as a hollowed watermelon.
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Old 03-15-2012, 02:22 PM   #2544
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Looks like you're having a great time!
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:38 PM   #2545
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Mark, if by chance you make a detour to Colorado when you are stateside, just remember I'm now in Denver.
Thanks! Might happen.....
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:40 PM   #2546
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Looks like you're having a great time!
Indeed a great ride!!

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Old 03-16-2012, 07:09 AM   #2547
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March 15th Equator Monument .

In our exploring around Quito we had wanted to find the other Equator Monuments. We rode about 1.5 hours north toward Cayambe to find the one on the Panamerica Hwy. Somehow on our ride down we did not see it, although you cross the equator many times as the road weaves through the hills.

But we did find it. There are actually two right across the street .....



This one was for my friend Sunnysideup! Hola Erica



And a few more photos as we enjoyed having the "sundial" to ourselves.







This is the place that we stopped. No one was around so we rode out for the photo ops!







Then across the street is this monument but it is not marked and there was no one here either.

Were here.....



Yup. Ridden this far....



But needed to take a few more photo's. Young James Standing on top of the world!



On Top of the world!!



Grabbing the world and taking it with me!



Young James just thinking about riding the world.



After we rode back to Quito, it is time for me to prepare my bike for storage. Clean and lube all moving parts, do an oil change, and fill the gas tank and add fuel stabilizer. Will be riding it to a friend of Klaus who owns the Casa Helbling where I can store my bike undercover while I am gone.





Tomorrow is the day that I will be moving my bike to storage..... It will be strange not having a bike to ride, packing all my gear up except the little bit I will need to travel to the Galapagos Islands next week. Changing from Biker to Tourist starting tomorrow. (of course I will be without a bike for two weeks until I arrive home. Then I will have my other bikes to ride
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:52 AM   #2548
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Young James looks like he's trying to hatch the world.

I like the pictures but the two of you really needed to do a "Peach" on that line where your bikes and helmets posed.
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:17 PM   #2549
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Two of my favourite things to check out in third world countries.

1) The street food (obviously)

2) The wonderful excuses they have for helmets. I have worn a couple in Bali, with rental bikes, that honestly have the same snell rating as a hollowed watermelon.
That'll be Snell 2005 then ;)
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:34 PM   #2550
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Hey bro, Glad you and james are doing well.......................
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