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Old 06-04-2013, 04:29 PM   #211
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Hey Mike, looks like you're having a ball. You and whizzer do a pretty good tag-team on a ride report. The short videos are great.

That road you guys turned around on a couple pages back looked like it a few pucker factors in it here and there. I like the way all the fence posts were apparently taking root, too.

P.S. You sound really good when you say "gracias" with the New Hampshuh accent.

I'll be following along.

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Old 06-05-2013, 01:50 AM   #212
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We make it to some little town, not too sure which one it is since the map makes no sense, at all. I'm trying to make a critical navigation decision and suddenly Mike can't hear....


Fortunately and miraculously, it turns out to be a temporary condition....


My helmet was still on...I was still wearing my earplugs...I'm slowly going deaf...


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Old 06-05-2013, 01:57 AM   #213
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Hey Mike, looks like you're having a ball. You and whizzer do a pretty good tag-team on a ride report. The short videos are great.

That road you guys turned around on a couple pages back looked like it a few pucker factors in it here and there. I like the way all the fence posts were apparently taking root, too.

P.S. You sound really good when you say "gracias" with the New Hampshuh accent.

I'll be following along.

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Gracias!

Thanks for stopping in, Rick!

Tried to keep the videos short for a coupla reasons:

1) I can't edit GoPro stuff.

B. I have the attention span of a gnat. 01:39 is about it. Even less if I'm watching my own crap.

III. ...where was I going with this...?
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Old 06-05-2013, 02:20 AM   #214
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Some random shots of the day...



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Much like riding in Vermont, you can't really make a wrong turn in Ecuador!



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Seeing a fork in the road, we took it...



A well maintained gravel road...



...brings us to pavement.

As Dave mentioned, the weather is gorgeous. This can only mean one thing...














































...we'll have to stop and make sure our mechanical sunblock is in its proper place...



...and maybe get some water.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:26 AM   #215
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Even though we didn't necessarily intend to make it to Mindo...we did.



We had loosely decided that we would stay here tonight for whatever reason, so we went into town for a look see. If I remember right...it was actually getting later in the day and it was time to hunker down anyways.




We do a reconnaisance of town to try to get a feel for the place and find somewhere to stay...we notice a couple of real hotels on the way in but don't even hesitate...our standards are way lower than that.




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After watering up we continue towards Mindo...



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The further we push south...



...the darker the skies get...



Tough to judge the skys here...



...but eventually the suspense is broken...



...we get some showers...



...but nothing that the black sky in the distance had threatened...



...seems as if we have just missed the worst of it...



We run into a local who just got a text from his wife, "Honey, could you pick up something for dinner on your way home...?"



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Getting closer to civilization, we find pavement...



...more traffic...



...and a coke...



...before continuing on...

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Old 06-06-2013, 09:53 AM   #217
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What a great trip! Really enjoying the photos, vids, and stories.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:47 AM   #218
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Destination nearly in sight...



...this is no time to get careless...



Quick pic for the Ecuador Tag-0-Rama...



...then we make our final descent...

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Old 06-06-2013, 02:10 PM   #219
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That dog looked comfortable. What are the temps like?
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:42 PM   #220
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That dog looked comfortable. What are the temps like?
Sometimes there's actually a "dog slalom" course set up for us....



But usually the dogs are simply trying to bite us as we ride by...



The temps range dramatically in the mountains....we rode in snow and we saw temps probably in the 90's. Altitude and local conditions are a huge factor.

Thanks for following along...
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #221
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What a great trip! Really enjoying the photos, vids, and stories.

Thank you Cannonshot, we had a great adventure.
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So after the initial recon, we split up and we each went to a different place to find out how much, and what they were offering. We met back in a little bit, compared notes and ended up here:




Bikes unloaded, crap stored in the room... we quickly ended up here:



Coincidentally, right next door to where hektoglider stayed a few days later.



A semi-cold 16 pound Pilsener, a hammock and none too soon...



It poured cats and dogs.....I love it when that happens....
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Indeed it was!

Thanks for the feedback and coming along!
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We vegged out for a while until we got our second wind, and our stomachs started to rumble. Generally when traveling, I like to eat whatever the local fare happens to be...but after a few days of chicken and rice with minor alterations... for breakfast, lunch and dinner, that pizza place we noticed on the way in sounded pretty damn good about now. So we grabbed a little dinero...like $10, stashed it in our pockets and headed downtown.

Oh yea...first, here's how we decorated the room:



Not a very big room, but oddly, EC got the bunk bed in the coin flip again...life is good.

We got ourselves a good seat right on main street so we could watch the goings on, and ordered up an awesome pizza.




I know, pizza's are great in a lot of places, but this one really hit the spot for me. Timing is everything sometimes. The warm beer takes a little more getting used to....

She's thinking: Goofy white gringo's....




Oh, they must be the conductors...



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Life must be nicer when you don't have to worry about getting sued....


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Nice job keeping this train wreck going, Dave!


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If you like my Spanish you'll really love my French.

Up on the Gaspe stumbling through my Spanish before I can find the French word in there.

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