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Old 06-24-2013, 02:11 PM   #31
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Town of Mindo

The town of Mindo lies within the 35,000 acre Mindo-Nambillo Reserve. It is the most visited cloud forest in Ecuador, and local entrepreneurs have capitalized by building eco-resorts, zip lines, canopy tours, etc. We bypassed the touristic area and stayed in the original town. In fact, we did not see any other gringos while we were in Mindo.


I woke up refreshed, bought a 25 cent breakfast from the bakery next door, and walked around the town.


My room at the Hostal Caskafessu:


Secure parking for the bikes:




Secure night entrance:


The town pool was in need of repair:


Town soccer field:


Town school:




Town church:


Town chicken:






I went to see if CulinT was ready to hit the road, and noticed the Hostal dog had left a present at his door:







We geared up, thanked Luis the owner for his hospitality, and headed west toward the Pacific Ocean






Having just crossed into the Northern Hemisphere, we realized our map was now upside down:



Ready to ride to the beach!


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Old 06-24-2013, 02:38 PM   #32
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Old 06-24-2013, 05:39 PM   #33
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Old 06-25-2013, 01:26 PM   #34
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:08 PM   #35
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I'm concerned... please tell me this wasn't the "before" picture:


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I'm pretty sure WW would have had the decency to put it in a bag and set it on fire if it was.
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Old 06-25-2013, 06:17 PM   #37
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Our Route to the Coast

Understandably the SPOT lost connectivity when traveling under canopy in the Mindo Cloud Forest, so here is our route to the coast minus about half of the data points:




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Old 06-26-2013, 01:43 PM   #38
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Mindo Cloud Forest to Cojimies

It began pouring buckets as soon as we left Mindo. We assumed (incorrectly) that the skies would clear as soon as we descended from the Cloud Forest, so neither of us bothered to put on our rain gear. We later realized we had descended from Cloud Forest to Rainforest.



This was my view for the first two hours:


There was grease on the wet road and the bike got a little squirrely on a couple of turns:


We pulled in to the trailhead for the Cascada Guarumos, but didn't feel like trekking an hour each way in wet gear. CulinT commented with a smile that it was indeed raining in the Rainforest:


I had never seen a flowering banana tree before:




We continued on in the rain to Cojimies, drifting the turns on the greasy tarmac:








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Cojimies to Pedernales

The rainfall transitioned from constant to intermittent as we emerged from the Rainforest and approached the Pacific coast. Our route consisted of tarmac and maintained gravel roads, and in all honesty the unpaved sections were smoother:






This guy didn't have much experience chasing bikes... the old "go really slow, then go really fast" trick threw him off:



When we arrived in Pedernales the rain had eased. We had officially crossed the Andes to the Pacific coast:


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Pedernales

The guys at Ecuador Freedom used the words "chaotic" "festive" and "wild, wild west" when describing Pedernales, but when we arrived the town was calm and quiet:






We found a small cafe by the beach and had amazing lunch of arroz con camarones with plantains:




The tab for two lunches and four bottles of water was less than $7.00.




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Pedernales to Canoa

Following the coast south from Pedernales, we again crossed the Equator back into the Southern Hemisphere. I had expected the weather to be HOT at sea level, but surprisingly the temperature was only 65 F.







The coastal route veered inland around fish farms and inlets:




Some of the bridges were not "motorcycle friendly" (note tire-with gap in decking):


We passed through Cabuyal and Jama before continuing on to Canoa:










We pulled into the Hostal Baloo at the southernmost point of Canoa and were greeted by Phil the owner:


We booked two small cabanas and were told to fog the rooms and sleep under the mosquito nets due to malaria concerns:


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Old 07-02-2013, 08:16 PM   #42
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Canoa, Pacific Coast

The Hostal Baloo is located directly on the beach and is literally the last commercial building in Canoa. In spite of the quiet, peaceful location it is only a three block walk to the center of town. We were the only occupants apart from the owner and a few of his friends and family visiting from the UK.

Canoa is a very chill, laid back beach town and is popular with backpackers who come to surf and enjoy the beach. However, a traveler had been robbed on the beach the previous day by two locals wielding machetes and the whole town was on alert.

The Baloo only serves food on weekends, so our stomachs guided us down the beach toward town. Canoa Beach:




Beach Vendors:


The local fishing boats are rolled past the high tide line using logs:




The Pacific Ocean was surprisingly cold given our proximity to the Equator:


I'm not sure what this little green guy is, but they were all over the beach:



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Old 07-03-2013, 10:03 AM   #43
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Fantastic ride report so far! Thanks for the great praise and Salina (our shop dog) thanks you for taking a good picture of her.

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Old 07-03-2013, 12:00 PM   #44
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Sweet! Another poolman ride!
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Old 07-08-2013, 10:06 AM   #45
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Fantastic ride report so far! Thanks for the great praise and Salina (our shop dog) thanks you for taking a good picture of her.

Keep it coming!
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I don't think it is possible to take a bad picture of Salina! It was a great experience dealing with your company.



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Sweet! Another poolman ride!

Sandalscout,

Thanks for joining in. After your experience in Peru I think you would love Ecuador!


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