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Old 07-08-2013, 11:08 AM   #46
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Canoa Ecuador

The mosquito netting apparently served its purpose, and I awoke refreshed and unbitten. It was early so I decided to take a hike down the beach.


Our cabanas:


Hostal Baloo hammock space:


The Hostal's cat was in no danger of starving:



Mighty KLRs:


Hostal Baloo:





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Old 07-08-2013, 11:16 AM   #47
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Canoa Beach

Che Guevara remains a cultural hero in many parts of Ecuador:


Is anyone interested in acquiring a thriving beachfront resort? The Hostal Coco Loco is for sale:




I had given my dinner leftovers to a stray dog the night before and he was waiting for me when I got to the beach:


He found a piece of driftwood and wore my arm out playing fetch:




This is where the tourist was robbed by two machete-wielding locals two days prior:



Muscle Beach:



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When I returned to the Baloo I received news the two robbers had been arrested and jailed. Apparently the victim recognized his assailants while shopping in town, found them less intimidating without their machetes, and proceeded to take justice into his own hands. The police intervened, recovered the stolen goods, and locked up the banditos. Canoa is once again safe.


We retrieved the bikes, thanked Phil for his hospitality, and rode down the beach in search of breakfast:






We found a rooftop cafe, ordered omelets, and admired the electrical tap while our food was prepared:
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Departing Canoa

As we saddled up a backpacker offered to take our picture at the Surf Shak:


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Old 07-08-2013, 08:42 PM   #50
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I'm in Ecuador right now.. just left Quito too! I really enjoy the country and cant wait to ride down here. For now, I'll settle for reading and enjoying your excellent ride report. I've actually been to a few places in your pictures!
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I'm in Ecuador right now.. just left Quito too! I really enjoy the country and cant wait to ride down here. For now, I'll settle for reading and enjoying your excellent ride report. I've actually been to a few places in your pictures!
flyinturbu,

I'm glad you are enjoying the ride report; you may see more familiar places as it progresses. I am sure Ecuador Freedom can help if you are itching for a motorcycle ride.

Enjoy your time in Ecuador!

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Canoa to Bahia de Caraquez

The Pacific coastline of Ecuador consists alternatively of serene beaches and jagged cliffs, so our route south would frequently track east around mountains and bays.

We left Canoa under a dark sky and light rain:




A young mother was transporting her baby by moto
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There was a quick break in the clouds as we followed the coast south, but dark skies returned as we left St. Vincente and approached the new bridge crossing Bahia de Caraquez:




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We somehow wound up in the bike lane (short 20 sec video):

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I shot a few pictures while crossing the bridge:

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interesting ride and thanks for posting....subscribed.
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NSFW, Thanks for checking in. I think your Valley Rallly ride report was one of the first I read on Adv!

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Bahia de Caraquez to Rocafuerte

After crossing the bay, our route turned inland around six mountain peaks that protruded to the rocky coast. We passed through several small towns that were not on the map:



Red Dakar model of questionable authenticity:


CulinT splitting between a slow truck and a passing car:



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Rocafuerte to Manta

Rocafuerte was just a small spot on our map, but in actuality was a fairly large city. Tires anyone?


The nice, twisty roads between towns were virtually deserted:


No guns allowed inside the club:


Motos are exempt from paying tolls, and there is often a special bypass lane! Apart from the cost of the tolls, this eliminates the whole process of stopping, removing a glove, digging for change, etc.


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We breezed through California:


Then, traffic became heavy as we approached Manta:




It had finally become hot in Ecuador, and we stopped for water. CulinT was not amused by the traffic:


I was, however, amused by two dogs barking at us from the second floor of an uncompleted building:




Ships just outside the port of Manta:
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