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Old 05-16-2013, 10:26 AM   #121
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After going on a wild goose chase around town looking for the so called hotel....(I'm really not sure if our problems finding it was due to our lack of Spanish skills or....I almost think people sent us to a place just because they wouldn't say they didn't know) There were no signs indicating what it was and I am pretty sure they are just available rooms for traveling workmen...this is not a tourista town. We (with help) finally got our guy to answer his door, and he took us to our room. Which was attached to the big church in the center of town.



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Parked our bikes in a gaited area where the owner usually parks his truck...we just squeezed in front.




We took a few pics from the roof of our "hotel"




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Beautiful buildings...woulda been interesting to know the vintage. There is no maintenance though....I'm pretty sure due to a lack of dinero....




I was very curious what this guy was making. Seemed that only guys would buy the drink....slug it down in one bottoms up half minute and move on. It wasn't like anybody was savoring the drink and it almost seemed like it was a challenge to see who could gulp it down faster. Anybody know what it was?




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Old 05-16-2013, 10:53 AM   #122
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I was very curious what this guy was making. Seemed that only guys would buy the drink....slug it down in one bottoms up half minute and move on. It wasn't like anybody was savoring the drink and it almost seemed like it was a challenge to see who could gulp it down faster. Anybody know what it was?
Same stuff here: http://blog.pro-ecuador.com/living-i...-vera-artiste/?

Awesome trip, BTW
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Old 05-16-2013, 06:30 PM   #123
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I thought those carport roof supports were a very innovative use of the old 'W' beam (aka: guardrail).



Utilizing the wall of a church is just gravy.



In the end, all three of us managed to turn parking two bikes into a project.

After we got settled in for the evening we walked out front and grabbed some din-din...



You can't beat this with a stick for $3.

These were pretty reasonable as well...



First day on the road was deemed a success!

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Enjoying the ( non )report.
Thanks for dropping in and for the image. You don't know how bad I wanted to grab a picture of one of those.

For you folks that may be following along here as you're making your own plans to visit Ecuador you are prolly already aware but Hektoglider has his own Ecuador ride report going right now, too. Check it out. Good info in there.


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Same stuff here: http://blog.pro-ecuador.com/living-i...-vera-artiste/?

Awesome trip, BTW
Good to see you in here, Chris. Thanks for the link!
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:57 PM   #125
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Same stuff here: http://blog.pro-ecuador.com/living-i...-vera-artiste/?

Awesome trip, BTW
Yup....that be the stuff.....thanks.
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After a reasonably good night's sleep I wander up onto the roof that our host had shown us the way to the night before...



The day is just beginning to wake up...



...kinda late by my standards...



A quick survey of the surroundings...



Always good to see the bikes are still there...



...not that we were really concerned. They are locked together in a gated area. Plus, I believe there's a special place in hell for you if you steal a bike out of a carport that's nearly attached to a church.
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Waiting for cafe...

The morning cup of coffee is a ritual observed by many people...we're no exception.




Anticipating that Ecuadorian delight, deep in the Andes....at the very womb of it's creation....EvilClown can barely hold back his delight.















When he gets instant coffee.......from Columbia....Nescafe...... with a picture of Juan Valdezon the label.....

It was a bit of a let down, to say the least.

Coffee is not a big player in the typical Ecuadorians regimen as we quickly found out. Con leche is served as a cup of hot milk (if you can get it, also rare) other wise you get a cup of hot water to mix your instant in.


But bread and cheese is...





A very mild soft cheese...almost like a mozzarella
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You can forget about sleeping in on Sunday morning.



This church doesn't need no stinkin' bells!
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I was very curious what this guy was making. Seemed that only guys would buy the drink....slug it down in one bottoms up half minute and move on. It wasn't like anybody was savoring the drink and it almost seemed like it was a challenge to see who could gulp it down faster. Anybody know what it was?

This is a drink to make your stomach feel better. Mostly made of Aloe Vera I believe. And spit. Did you drink it?
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:03 PM   #130
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I was very curious what this guy was making. Seemed that only guys would buy the drink....slug it down in one bottoms up half minute and move on. It wasn't like anybody was savoring the drink and it almost seemed like it was a challenge to see who could gulp it down faster. Anybody know what it was?

This is a drink to make your stomach feel better. Mostly made of Aloe Vera I believe. And spit. Did you drink it?
Drank a little, put a little in our crankcases, in the gas tank, master cylinder....it's a cure all I swear.....


Actually I didn't....was hoping he would offer a smaller glass, rather than the double magnum he had out there. But that didn't happen.
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Hmmmmmm.........


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Too much fun guys... just too much fun!
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Too much fun guys... just too much fun!
Thanks for following along....it's nice to be appreciated...


Do you ever wonder what happens to all that oddball money the US Treasury mints or prints? We see it in the U.S. for a few months and then never see it again....you thought people squirrel it away in their big money jars...wrongo, it ends up in places like Ecuador:

Enter...the Sacagewea dollar....


Ecuador went to the US currency system, back in the 90's I think. And they have their own stuff mixed in to keep it interesting. Don't want to be Cliff...so I'm not gonna look it up to see the details of that....Look it up yourself if you want to know...

Anyways, our pockets get filled up with these coins since bills any larger than $5 are just about useless here, unless you're in the city where you might be able to use a $20 bill...but don't count on it. Everything costs less than $5 in the country anyways. When we were traveling down here, one of the problems we had was where to put our enormous wad of cash made up of ones and fives. (first world problem of the first degree I know) Only brought $600 or so dollars with me but that's a heluva stack of bills when it's ones and fives.
We had full intentions to use the ATM's or credit cards when needed, but first of all don't even bother trying to use a credit card...any time we tried, either they weren't accepted (even though the sticker may have been on the front door) or the system was not working (like at the airport) We decided they don't want them and simply will find any reason to not take them. Not sure about the ATM's though since I never had the occasion to try them. I wouldn't count on it though...especially in the country.

Phew...cliff leaves the room...

One more small story...on our way out of town we stopped on the side of the road to take a scenic picture....couldn't find my camera. As you can imagine I tore my luggage apart and eventually decided I had left it either in the room or at the place we got breakfast. I pretty much figured it was a goner. Motored back to the breakfast place and no sooner than I got off my bike, the teenaged guy that served us breakfast met me at the front door and made the universal "camera" sign. He went in the back for a moment and came out with my camera. I couldn't believe it. I handed him a mini leatherman and he handed me my camera. My faith in humanity reconfirmed. This generous caring type of interaction continued throughout our trip, and to an even greater degree later.


Leaving town





Looking back at San Jose de Minas










Very common "cobblestone" road








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Old 05-19-2013, 05:57 PM   #135
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Enjoying the updates, keep it up! Couple of questions. I spent a couple of weeks in Costa Rica afew months before your CR trip. How would you compare the two? The rock road brought back memories
I understand both are getting alot of "snowbirds" but curious if you are seeing much northern influence. I assume its pretty much equal from a cost/security stand point? Was thinking of trying Columbia next but Ecuador looks pretty good. Thanks and be well
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