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Old 07-23-2013, 02:56 PM   #76
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Piña to Puerto Cayo

The village of Piña was definitely the highpoint of the afternoon, especially after our morning encounter with the National Police of Ecuador. We wanted to get to our destination of Puerto Cayo before dark, so we reluctantly said our goodbyes. I gave a pack of Starburst candy to the kids, and they were so delighted they didn't bother to rinse the fish guts off of their hands before devouring it.

We continued south, and again the route detoured west around some of the coastal mountains:










The Sanctuary Lodge at Puerto Cayo was recommended to us by Court at Ecuador Freedom, and we couldn't have made a better choice:


We were welcomed personally by the owner, Roberto, and promptly given ice-cold beers:


It had been an exhilarating day in the saddle, and the Sanctuary Lodge was just what we needed:




After we relaxed in the hammocks, Roberto came out with our keys, gave us the WiFi password, and showed us to our rooms:


I cleaned my boots in the outdoor shower. My Sidi Adventures had served me well in Peru, Costa Rica, and again in Ecuador:






After dinner we sat outside with Roberto and talked until late in the night about all things Ecuador... Government, security, education, religion, crime and the economy were all discussed in detail.

We told Roberto about our encounter with the Ecuador National Police, and he laughed and told us that we were had ridden into a notorious Narco trafficing area.

Roberto went outside and returned with a cocaine pallet he had recovered from the very beach where we were detained:


The Sanctuary Lodge provided excellent accommodations and amazing hospitality:


Our route for the day:



More to follow...
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Old 07-23-2013, 10:06 PM   #77
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Enjoy your popcorn, more to follow soon...
It takes effort to put together a quality ride report like yours. Thanks for letting us "ride along".
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:31 PM   #78
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Yep sure is nice to see your trip....

I live a long way away, no idea if I'll ever get to that part of the world, but it certainly inspires me to go do something similar!

Now, get those filthy boots outa that hammock!
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Old 07-24-2013, 07:09 AM   #79
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This is great, guys! Glad you liked the route! Keep the report coming!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #80
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It takes effort to put together a quality ride report like yours. Thanks for letting us "ride along".
Danger4u2,

I appreciate the kind remarks. Preparing a ride report does take effort, but it also brings back a lot of fond memories!

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Old 07-24-2013, 11:49 AM   #81
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Ditto... great RR P'Man.

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Old 07-24-2013, 05:34 PM   #82
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What...they have something other than Pilseners in Ecuador?
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I live a long way away, no idea if I'll ever get to that part of the world, but it certainly inspires me to go do something similar!

stuser,

Thank you for the nice comment. The most appealing part of a Fly-N-Ride is it affords the opportunity to inexpensively experience a unique part of the globe in a relatively short amount of time. If this inspires you to take a trip, my job writing this ride report was worthwhile!

That said, I wonder if i'll ever get to Australia, Africa, etc.

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Now, get those filthy boots outa that hammock!
I did wash my boots after I finished using the hammock.


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This is great, guys! Glad you liked the route! Keep the report coming!
Court,

You and your team deserve an award for your route and accommodation recommendations.

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Ditto... great RR P'Man.

Cheers!
R-W,

Thank you for joining in. That is one great looking bike in your avatar!

Oh, and thanks for the saludas
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What...they have something other than Pilseners in Ecuador?
wizzerwheel,

I actually liked the Cerveza Pilsener, especially at $1.25 for a cold, one liter bottle.

But this was an adventure ride, not a simple vacation.

I had to go well ourside my comfort zone.



I tried a Pilsener Light.


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Pure Serenity in Puerto Cayo, Ecuador

The Sanctuary Lodge was a welcome reprieve after a long day on the bikes:

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Morning in Puerto Cayo


I awoke early to the sound of sea birds and surf, refreshed and revitalized. I exchanged some text messages with my family and then decided to explore the property and the beach.

My trusty KLR seemed to enjoy it's ocean view:


The beach was comprised of smooth, hard packed sand and was perfect for a barefoot walk. I hiked a mile or so north, enjoying the crisp morning air:




It was tempting to extend our stay in Puerto Cayo. Isla Cayo is visible in the distance:


The Pacific Ocean was amazingly cold. I was beginning to wonder if the whole concept of the Equator passing through Ecuador was just a clever marketing gimmick:


The local sea birds were taking a break from their morning sea birding:


Railings, who needs railings? We should have requested top floor rooms:


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wizzerwheel,

I actually liked the Cerveza Pilsener, especially at $1.25 for a cold, one liter bottle.

But this was an adventure ride, not a simple vacation.

I had to go well ourside my comfort zone.



I tried a Pilsener Light.


What...they had cold cerveza's?
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What...they had cold cerveza's?
An abundance of cold cerveza's
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