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Old 10-27-2013, 10:00 PM   #346
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Heading to Ecuador

We got ourselves slowly packed up for the 84 km to Ipiales at the border of Ecuador, since we expected a quick drive to Tulcan just across on the Ecuador side.


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Our first issue was when we passed a long line of cars and trucks and then a police van, which we found out, was following a group of bike riders. What he said on the loudspeaker to us we did not get.


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The road was eerily empty this should have been a sign. About 5 km later we were stopped and told we needed to wait tunill we were told the road was open. It was a power trip since 5 min later we were “free to go”. Next the road was blocked because of an accident and we needed to wait for it to be cleared.


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Then we ran into the last of the Fondo bikers 28 KM from the finish and for which they were blocking the Pan-American Highway in both directions. The rest had already reached Ipiales. He was going about 8 km an hour. We gave up, parked on the side of the road and asked at a house if we could buy water.


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One of the things we wanted to see since we left home was the Santuario de Las Lajas, which is just outside of Ipiales. It is a Dominican church built over a canyon.


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The church is built right on the wall of the canyon and the back of the alter is the rock of the cliff.


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Old 10-28-2013, 04:42 AM   #347
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More pics and stories ... sounds like Colombia has had its share of challenges - esp. with weather and roads. That church is wild looking. Enjoying how you're giving a bit more info along with the pics.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:21 AM   #348
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Challenges

Wait till Quito! Sp
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Old 10-28-2013, 07:40 PM   #349
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Country number 12 Ecuador

Then we headed the short distance to the border. Arriving at Rumichaca the first thing you see is the huge Dian sign. Don’t stop there keep driving around the back to the big parking lot.


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Head up the stairs to get your passport exit stamp.


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Next you head out back to the Dian Office. Here is where it gets funny. We had been given a carbon copy of “our permits” in Bogota, which we had been handing out to the police. Armando pulled out this huge stack of papers to had in and Dan said “ what is all that”? Long story short we were never given the papers, but because it was the Dian officers fault they just sorted it out for us right there.


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There will be several people changing dollars there so now is a good time to get rid of your Pesos at a good rate.



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Leaving the parking lot merge into the line of cars go right and past the aduana and around the back where there is a parking lot.


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There was a large group of bikes on a tour heading north.


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Go into the Migration and fill in your tourist paper and then get a passport stamp. “ Welcome to Ecuador for 90 days”.


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Leaving the migration turn right and cross the street to the small office on the left corner of the building to buy your SOAT for 5$. You will need a copy of your driver’s license and a copy of the title. This coverage is for accidents, but will cover your medical costs too………


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Then head a few shops over to the copy place where they will copy your license, you SOAT, and your passport with the entry stamp for .85$.



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Then go back and get the bike and bring it around to the aduana again to get your import permit. They want to see your stack of copies.


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This nice guy gave Daniel a Jesus card for his tank bag to keep him safe.


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After 2 hours 30 min at the borders we finally made it to Tulcan at dusk.


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The last problem of the day was that not only was there a convention in town, but the ^&%$# Fondo people had taken every hotel room in town. We pulled into the large Imperial hotel and parked. Daniel and Armando went into 7 hotel before he found rooms, which were clean, not rented by the hour, had on demand hot water, thick blankets and all this for 10$. The Imperial was nice enough to let us park there for free.



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Old 10-29-2013, 10:56 AM   #350
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Quito

Armando was smart to ask the Bike Official about the road for then next day. Of course they are going to block the Pan American Highway in both directions from 8 am till noon so the bikers can go a 120 km. That said we left Tulcan at 1130 so we would be unlikely to run into them in the 285 km to Quito. We stopped for lunch beside a small lake and 3 of us ate for 5$.


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Setting out south all of the gas stations within about 5 km of the border were closed, as they had no gas. We finally found a station that had gas, but in this entire state there is a purchase limit if you do not have an Ecuadorian plate. For bikes it is 3$. Gas is 1.48$ per gallon for regular, which is the reason for the limit to prevent people crossing from Colombia where they are paying 4.50/ gallon. They did agree to break the rules and let us fill up since we were heading south.


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The scenery here is also stunning, and I don’t even mind paying the tolls since the roads are like silk and motos only cost .20$.


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Arriving just at 5 pm to Ecuador Freedom Bike Rentals and were glad to see they were still there. Sylvain and Court are great guys and they came out to great us with New Freedom T shirts! Looks like we found Freedom after all. They were kind enough to give us some advice on off road routes thru the country.


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They had recommended a great place to stay near by too at Casa Helbling. Super comfy beds and so much hot water it’s insane. Claus makes his own charcuterie meats, which we had both nights for dinner.


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Old 10-30-2013, 08:38 AM   #351
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Quito's Old Town

We met fellow KTM riders from Switzerland Claudia and Thomas. We set out walking from the hotel to the Old town. First we visited the Cathedral, where if you go around back you can buy an entry ticket to climb to the spires for 2$.



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The old town has a very European feel. There are a lot of tourists here, which is not something we have seen for a while.


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The Convent of San Francisco is simple on the outside, but amazingly ornate inside.


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This guy was running downhill with this load.


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Old 10-31-2013, 02:05 AM   #352
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Great pics, high elevation

Love the pics of the churches. Nice combo of architectural structure and close-up details!

You're at close to 10,000 feet in Quito. Are you feeling the altitude?
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Old 10-31-2013, 06:13 AM   #353
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altitude

it's about 9,300 ft. I had a mild headache when we got here, but not bad. We took the cable car to 13,400 feet and noticed it for sure walking up hill we were winded.

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Old 11-01-2013, 05:15 PM   #354
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4100 meters

We finished off the day with a trip up the teleferico cable car to 4100 m.


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Old 11-02-2013, 01:06 AM   #355
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Cool. Is that a ski resort in their winter?
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Old 11-03-2013, 06:08 AM   #356
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Ha ha no but they do have downhill biking there.

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Old 11-03-2013, 06:19 AM   #357
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A dislocated toe

Well today is Daniel’s midway birthday so we though we should go to the middle of the earth monument before we headed south. A year ago today we were fixing Daniel’s dead stator at Garry Dymond’s house in Mexico city…….


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The monument is only 25 km from central Quito, but that take over 90 minutes in traffic. According to our GPS the monument is 60 m off the true equator.


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Several people wanted pictures with our bikes, like this Ecuadorian family.


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You have got to get ice cream at the middle of the world.


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Heading back thru the heavy traffic it was 4 hours since we left the hotel and we were only 10 km south of the center. We were in a barrio trying to get a short cut to the Pan Americana to get out of town a bit quicker. Sara was driving and suddenly a yellow warning light came on then off. About 5 seconds later there was a VERY VERY steep cobble road with a speed bump at the top, because of cross traffic. For those of you who have been to Garry’s Steeper than that hill to his house. As soon as she reached the tope and put some gas on to get over the bump and around the turn at the top the bike died. Long story short bike fell over landing on her right foot. Several guys near by helped to pick it up and push Dan over the speedbump and up around the corner, because it would not restart. Pulling out the computer and the GS 911 we found the stator was dead!! We got a taxi to give us a jump, but that lasted less than 5 min. The locals came out to help with cell phones and water and food. These ladies stayed with me for more than two hours while Daniel drove the 10 km back to Ecuador Freedom Motorbikes to get Diego the mechanic from Mariscal Motors and arrange for a truck for Lulu. We had Armando call the ladies back to thank them and they said that we had broken down in a very sketchy place and they were worried about leaving me alone in case something happened to me. I doubt it was that dangerous, but kind of them for sure.



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Luckily we had the rewound stator from the F800 and a spare gasket. Daniel and Diego had her fixed up in no time. He is a great mechanic and a super nice guy. Daniel’s stator died in Mexico almost a year ago to the day on his way back to Garry Hostel. Luckily for us this meant we stayed a few extra days with the fantastic Garry and Ivonne Dymond. His bike died at 51,000 km and mine at 53,000. Our friends Analleen and Uli Steinmann had the same issue at similar km. I will be thinking replacing my stator at 100,000 I think. I’m not sure I will be so lucky next time.


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Also luckily for Sara she was wearing her Daytona boots which saved her for sure from a much more serious injury. She went to the local hospital recommended by Claus at Casa Hebling and got amazing care. In Canada for your super painful hurt toe you would likely wait many hours to be seen and many more to be treated. Here they apologized that I might have to wait 45 minutes. In the end I was in a trauma bay in ten minutes, I had seen the orthopedic med student and then the resident in less than 30. I had xrays showing thankfully no fractures, but a dislocated big toe. Now a miracle I saw the staff Ortho surgeon in less than an hour. He froze my toe and painfully realigned it. I will need to rest with a splint for 2 days, and then should be able walk/ride.


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This is not my xray, but this was what mine looked like.


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Old 11-04-2013, 05:56 AM   #358
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Ouch!

Wow, very cool that your foot is okay after the accident. Curious what you're using for boots. Sounds like it's a good one to consider.

Bummer about the stator. ;-(
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Old 11-04-2013, 06:47 AM   #359
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We both have the Daytona boots. I have the Ladystar GTX and Daniel has the Daytona trans GTX. Amazing and totally waterproof even after standing in the ocean in Columbia.

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Old 11-05-2013, 06:49 PM   #360
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laid up in Quito

Well the last 2 days have been pretty boring. Lying around reading my book with my foot up on a stack of pillows. Daniel has been my butler and ladies maid, but that can’t last too long. The F 800 had a nice parking spot in the courtyard of the hotel and we could look at it during breakfast.


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We will stay 2 more days to be on the safe side so I’m able to ride the off road route we planned to the cheese making town of Salinas.

Daniel decided to do an oil change here in Quito and Diego at Mariscal Motors was kind enough to let him use the shop. We changed it early since will not be able to get full synthetic oil in Peru. Again thanks to Court and Sylvain at Ecuador Freedom Motorbike Rentals we got a deal on the oil.



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The 4 guys decided to ride along and each took a scooter from the shop to run the errands. Even the dog joined the scooter gang and rode with Daniel the 20 km to the Yamaha dealership. Hey Sylvain looks like you have found freedom too.


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Then I got taxi service to lunch.


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Even the Firemen here ride motos!


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