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Old 03-21-2013, 07:12 AM   #1696
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I met these Colombian gals at the waterfall............or should I say, they met me. They were propositioning me and being all flirty. I took a picture with them to make them smile. I was thinking why it couldn't have been the two German hotties that I met at the Lake earlier in the day. Not all girls are crated equal and not all Colombians are good looking either
And no, I didn't get a picture with the Germans, they weren't interested in a guy traveling around the world on a motorcycle

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:18 AM   #1697
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The Equator

This was actually tough to do. Here I am stopped exactly on the equator on the side of the road. To stop my bike at exactly zero degrees, I was within a foot or two of the equator. Plus I had big trucks wizzing past me as I stopped on the shoulder. This picture was taken just north of Quito.
I was planning to stay in this hostal just north of town but I couldn't find it. I asked for diirections and 2 people pointed me in the direction of Quito. So before I knew it, I was deep with in the city in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic. So change in plans........looks like I am staying in Quito instead

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:22 AM   #1698
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I had no idea where I was going. I had no maps downloaded on my GPS of Quito. I knew I wanted to go to the Old Town. I ended finded it but I had know idea where I was going to stay the night. I saw this huge church and headed for that. I needed to take a break, get off my bike and regroup. It was dark and I was tired after a long day on the bike and the trails

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:28 AM   #1699
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Finding a place to stay is difficult at times beacuse:
I need a safe place to keep my bike and a lot of the downtown hotels don't have parking.
Riding around town, there is a lot of traffic and you don't move very fast. My bike is air cooled and it doesn't like sitting in traffic.
There are no places to pull over and park.
My bike is top heavy so riding slow and trying work my way thru traffic is exhausting.
But I found this place right in the heart of the city. It was really nice and only $25 a night. I negotiated them down from $30. The guy that worked their loved my motorcycle so he let me park it in the entrance to the lobby. It nearly blocked the whole entrance
But it was safely off the street at night

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:30 AM   #1700
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Here is the kind of traffic that I had to deal with. But at least on this street there was room to split lanes

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:33 AM   #1701
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The next day, I went back to that big church. I wanted to see it during the day. It was by far the most incredible church I have ever seen in the Americas. It was built about 150 years ago. I wonder if it is going to survive the next big earthquake. And I hear Quito is long overdue



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Old 03-21-2013, 07:39 AM   #1702
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No matter where I stood, I could not get the whole church in the picture

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:40 AM   #1703
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The detailing was amazing



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Old 03-21-2013, 07:42 AM   #1704
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In South America, they like a little extra blood on their Jesus'

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:45 AM   #1705
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Just before I left, I found out that you could pay $2 and climb up to the Bell towers. It was the best $2 I had ever spent and one of the scariest things I have done so far on my trip



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Old 03-21-2013, 07:48 AM   #1706
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Here is what made it so scary

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Old 03-21-2013, 07:50 AM   #1707
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Up in the clock tower, I could see the inter-workings of the clocks.



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Old 03-21-2013, 07:52 AM   #1708
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Alive art.
This wall in the city was made up of live plants

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Old 03-21-2013, 08:00 AM   #1709
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I left Quito and fought my way thru the traffic. I was heading toward the Oriente which is the jungles in the Amazon basin. My GPS was useless. I just looked for a road heading out of town heading east. Not an easy task as Quito in located in a valley that runs north-south and there are not many roads heading east-west out of the valley. I found one and followed it. I got to a junction and stopped there to figure out which way to go. None of the names were on my GPS or my map. And just then, I guy pulled over and asked me where I wanted to go. I told him and he said to follow him. I did and he lead me to the road I needed to be on. Nice, huh?

The road to the jungle crosses over the Andes. The pass was over 13,000 feet. It was raining and they were doing road construction so it was muddy and slippery.



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Old 03-21-2013, 08:04 AM   #1710
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I headed to Papallacta.
There were some hot springs that I wanted to take a dip in. I found a nice hotel in town. That is where I am now. It is raining outside. And I found out the road to the jungle is closed. A bridge washed out 4 days ago. I might check it out anyway to see if a big motorcycle can get thru

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