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Old 02-19-2012, 06:38 PM   #16
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Old 02-20-2012, 05:39 AM   #17
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Wow! A fellow ADVrider from Canoa.
I look forward to returning when it's a little less rainy. We didn't get much of a chance to explore your town. When is the best time of year to be there?
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Old 02-20-2012, 12:54 PM   #18
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10 best days tour

my riding buddies and i are going to ride with Court and Freedom Bike Rentals in April.
its gonna be a blast!
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Old 02-20-2012, 01:38 PM   #19
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Wow! A fellow ADVrider from Canoa.
I look forward to returning when it's a little less rainy. We didn't get much of a chance to explore your town. When is the best time of year to be there?
any time but right now!!! rain should stop around may but maybe june I remember seeing you guys ride out of town and knew i had missed the chance to say hola. Funny you then posted up on ADV!
I'm pretty new to canoa and ecuador and am still bikeless! Can't wiat to get a bike and see more of the country!
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Old 02-20-2012, 03:47 PM   #20
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Nice trip! Did you guys do the 'cloudorest coast and craters tour'? Keep posting
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Old 02-21-2012, 05:06 PM   #21
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Banos to Chugchilan

Our trip was beginning to wind down and we began the morning in the rain but it soon stopped and we enjoyed several hours of beautiful views of the Andes.



The goal today was to see
Crater Lake (check out the link). In a few years, it will likely be a big tourist attraction but, for now, they are mostly just building a road there and down into the very deep, and large lake.

The weather had been cooperating most of the day but, I kid you not, as we pulled up to the gate for entrance to the lake, a giant cloud rolled in. Undeterred, we paid the two bucks and I captured a shot of Mike's disbelief at the beauty.

Isn't it beautiful!!!


We stood around for a few minutes and joked about our luck. At the very least, we had been riding for several hours and it felt good to be off the bikes and be able to grab a bite to eat. Jokingly, we wondered, "wouldn't it be funny if the lake was actually on the other side of that mound of dirt?"

Meet Dave and Quilotoa (aka Crater Lake)


We really did luck out. We toyed with the idea of hiking to the bottom but figured that we might not make it out and to our destination before dark. We also wanted some lunch and strolled up to a nearby building to see what they had. (It turned out to be a tiny hostel). Like so many places, we walked in and there was no menu, we asked for coffee and sat down at an unpainted picnic table. After a short while, we were provided with a big bowl of potato soup. Perfect! Then they brought us each a huge plate of chicken, rice, and tomatoes. Too much food but we ate it all and paid the tourista price of about $2.50. We also used this opportunity to pick up a couple of nice alpaca sweaters - wow, really comfortable!

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Old 02-22-2012, 05:48 PM   #22
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Crater Lake to Chugchilan

By now, it was raining and we had a short ride of about 20 kilometers ahead of us but much of it was under construction. Almost immediately, we hit very deep mud that caught Mike's bike and sent him over. The deep mud, road equipment, and heavy rain made for an often, challenging ride into Chugchilan (pronounced: Chew-Che-lan) but Mike and I were having a blast.

We came across more than one mud slide. You get the idea...


After we unloaded the bikes at Mama Hilda's Hostel, Mike and I decided to keep riding and went out in search of interesting roads.

This is one of my favorite pictures from the trip. We took some cow paths and rocky/rutted roads to get here but the views were spectacular. Here, I'm above Mike on a hillside as we look down a very steep cliff. (possibly 1000 feet down)

Long way down



Back at Mama Hilda's we met several interesting people from around the world (common theme for this trip), and spent the night eating and drinking. Great fun.


The next morning, we had to fuel up before leaving.


Here, the attendant skillfully siphoned a few gallons from the barrel into jugs.
I went first and spilled about three-quarters of it on the bike. I should know better how to do this but must've been suffering from high altitude cerebral edema. It's not because I'm a moron. Certainly not.


Here's the correct way to pour fuel. Thanks, pals, for speaking up.



Across the street we noticed that we'd just missed seeing some locals butcher a cow. They wasted no time cutting in to it and hosing down the cement slab.


The cattle in Ecuador all seemed to be very healthy. And why shouldn't they be? There's plenty to eat. Still they looked different than US cattle. I finally figured it out that it was due to them not being all hopped up on steroids.
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Old 02-22-2012, 06:33 PM   #23
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except its nearly impossible to get a good cut of meat here!!! having to subsist on rediculously fresh shrimp, fish and veggies is rough. i will say I am pretty sick of white rice though
you two have seen more of this country than i have and now my wife really wants to go to the crater lake!
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Old 02-23-2012, 05:45 PM   #24
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Back to Quito - Conclusion

By now, I've used up all of the adjectives to describe the beauty of this country. We enjoyed our last day of "more of the same" and made it back into Quito by mid-afternoon. We stayed at the same hostel and had time to check out the local scene in the very trendy section of old-town.

For the rest of the afternoon, we reflected on our amazing week: The incredibly friendly people and beautiful, always waving, children, the Andes mountains, the varied natural beauty. We wished that we had more time to do more non-motorcycling activities such as cycling, climbing, hiking, and rafting. A repeat of Ecuador will certainly be at the top of my list of destinations for my next adventure.

Sunday: Homeward
We woke to beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures. Go figure.

Outside of the hostel, we grabbed a taxi. The price from the airport had been a very reasonable $15 but I went ahead and asked the driver the cost. His answer for the three of us: $6. Man, I love this country.
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Nice trip! Did you guys do the 'cloud forest coast and craters tour'? Keep posting
Yeah. It seemed to provide a good mix of riding. We're already talking about going back during the dry season and look forward to doing more dirt, more remote areas, plus some time down into the Amazon Basin.
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:22 PM   #26
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gear

if you had to do it over again what gear would you make sure to take and what would you leave behind this time.
the 5 of us going in april seem to be all over the place on what kind of gear we need or should be taking along.
any info would be greatly appreciated

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if you had to do it over again what gear would you make sure to take and what would you leave behind this time.
the 5 of us going in april seem to be all over the place on what kind of gear we need or should be taking along.
any info would be greatly appreciated

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Old 02-23-2012, 10:59 PM   #28
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i'm headed down with a buddy of mine in may!
are you riding with freedom bike rentals too?
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are you riding with freedom bike rentals too?
sure am! renting two DR650s for 8 days.
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sure am! renting two DR650s for 8 days.
which tour? we're doing the 10 best days in tour .
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