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Old 11-12-2013, 05:48 AM   #376
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Hola Sara and Daniel
Just updated on your great RR !!!
We hope your toe heals to 100 % soon and that lulus stator get to you with no problems
Keep on the adventure !
Un abrazo amigos
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:29 PM   #377
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Sara, so where's your bike?
Lulu is in Quito waiting for parts. 😢
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:33 PM   #378
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Hola Sara and Daniel
Just updated on your great RR !!!
We hope your toe heals to 100 % soon and that lulus stator get to you with no problems
Keep on the adventure !
Un abrazo amigos

Thanks so much! My foot is much better finally this week. We are back in Quito today and the parts have arrived. Daniel will fix my stator tomorrow. Then we will head to Cuenca. Hugs to my girls!!

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Old 11-19-2013, 07:01 AM   #379
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Baños

Today we had a short ride to the holiday resort town of Bańos de Agua Santa named for the many hot spring spas or baths of sacred water in the town. We did see this huge snake on the way to remind us we are not in Kansas anymore.


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The first 130 km north is a strait road thru the jungle and the last 60 is a curvy road along the river and there are several almost 1 km long tunnels.


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It is the adventure capital of the country, with hiking, biking, and rafting. The near by Tungurahua volcano has been very active lately and the road on the other side of it is currently closed. The town has been evacuated in the past, but the last time was about 10 years ago. The route of evacuation is painted on the streets with big white arrows. We did a walk about to one end of town to see some of the spas and the large Cascada of the Virgin. The water here is supposed to be blessed.


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The Basilica here is also dedicated to the Virgin of the Holy Water (Nuestra Señora del Agua Santa). It is named after the vision of the Virgin Mary they say was seen near the waterfalls and it was built with volcanic rocks. The inside is lined with paintings depicting the Virgin's miracles, including saving the church from multiple volcanic eruptions and saving people from other disasters.


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The next day we rode along the route of the cascades and then up the mountain to try to see the active volcano.


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The famous tree house has a view of the lava flows and the volcanic measurement equipment.


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Old 11-20-2013, 09:28 AM   #380
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Wow ... these latest pics are cool. It feels like the the quality of the experience - the landscape, etc. - is getting better.
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Old 11-20-2013, 03:07 PM   #381
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Wow ... these latest pics are cool. It feels like the the quality of the experience - the landscape, etc. - is getting better.
We agree. So far Mexico. Guatemala, and El Salvador were epic. Honestly you are not missing much if you skip the rest of Central America This becomes so much more obvious when you cross the gap. So far Colombia and Ecuador are spectacular.

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Old 11-21-2013, 05:34 AM   #382
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Amazonia

Retracing out steps back 60 km to Puyo we then headed north into the Amazonia and to the Napo river lodge.


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We made it to Napo town and then had to cross the river on the closed bridge. Respecting the sign we headed across, but needed to take off the pannier to get past the truck blocking the bridge.


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This bridge lead to an insanely perfect paved road thru the jungle.


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We had booked into a jungle lodge for the night, which was right on the raging river.


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There is no electricity so they put out oil lamps for you to see.


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There was a great demonstration on making chocolate.


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Old 11-22-2013, 12:08 AM   #383
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Wow ... cool place!

I like that place you stayed on the river.

So, curious ... how are the mozzies? I would think that, in those jungle climates, they're pretty bad.

Your trip is SO inspiring. Really appreciating the way your documenting it.

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Old 11-22-2013, 03:55 AM   #384
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I like that place you stayed on the river.

So, curious ... how are the mozzies? I would think that, in those jungle climates, they're pretty bad.

Your trip is SO inspiring. Really appreciating the way your documenting it.

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Hey thanks

It's mostly for us as a journal of the trip, but i'm sure glad you are enjoying the report. We like going back and looking at the reports. Surprisingly there were no mosquitos at all. I had heard this from several others who were in the jungle. I did not talk to anyone who went more than a few days trekking though. They have huge eradication programs here i think mostly begause of dengue.


Off to Peru today.


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Old 11-23-2013, 01:21 PM   #385
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Galapagos

Headed back to Quito over the mountains it was 10 degrees and then poured rain for about 20 min. We were lucky because about an hour after we arrived it REALLY started to rain, like build an ark rain. We stored the bikes away with Diego at Mariscal Motors and packed up a few things for a trip to the Galapagos. We managed to get an unreal deal on a first class boat. The other option is to fly to San Cristobal Island and book there. The deals are even better on the island especially if you can be flexible on dates. Last minute spots are listed on www.galapagoscruiselinks.com

After a sleepless night worrying we would sleep in and miss the flight, we were a bit tired to start the day. First there is the 60 min drive to the new Quito airport to which they have yet to complete the road. Luckily there was no line at the tourist office where you must pay 10$ each for a tourist card. Then you have your luggage screened to make sure you have no fruits or plants. Last you check in for boarding. There is a short flight to Guayaquil to exchange some passengers and then a 2 ½ hour flight to San Cristobal Island. Flying in there is nothing but ocean for 1000km and then you finally spot land.


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Just before landing they open all the luggage bins and spray some sort of disinfectant. It is a bit weird, but required by the park service. They did not however spray the hand luggage under the seats.


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After landing you pass thru passport screening and then pay 100$ each for park entry. Nationals pay 6.50$. Our guide Walter met us at the airport.


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The animals even in town at the docks are everywhere. We had a short ride to the boat, lunch and a safety briefing. We did take this seriously since our crew rescued a boatload of people 5 weeks ago when their wood boat hit a rock at 1 am and sank.


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Old 11-24-2013, 04:09 AM   #386
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loving the RR even more! We miss you guys. Hope all is rolling well now. :
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Thanks! The bike is running great. We appreciate all the help from you guys at Ecuador Freedom Motorcycle!

I sent our friend Orvar from Sweden to Diego to mount his tires.

So far Peru hmmmmm. Missiing Ecuador.

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Old 11-24-2013, 06:24 AM   #388
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So far Peru hmmmmm. Missiing Ecuador.Sara
There's not much to see in Northwestern Perú. You need to cross over to the other side (east) of the first mountain region ASAP.

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Old 11-25-2013, 12:19 AM   #389
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Don't write off Peru yet ...

I know there are parts of Peru that are abysmally boring. But don't give up on it yet! I've been down there twice -once to go mountaineering in the Cordierra Blanca (climbed Artesanraju), and also Cusco (if you're visiting Machu Pichu).

These are beautiful regions, and Cusco is a wonderful city. Plan on spending time there!
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Old 11-25-2013, 04:08 AM   #390
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I know there are parts of Peru that are abysmally boring. But don't give up on it yet! I've been down there twice -once to go mountaineering in the Cordierra Blanca (climbed Artesanraju), and also Cusco (if you're visiting Machu Pichu).

These are beautiful regions, and Cusco is a wonderful city. Plan on spending time there!

We arrived in Trujillo yesterday and is nicer here and we vitited the Moche ruins. We will be on the coast road and headed to Santiago, but we will be back next year to Bolivia and south east Peru. Wow climbing! We want to go to the Solar and Machu Pichu in the dry season. The desolate landsacpe up north and the garbage are depressing. Thats for the pep talk.

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