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Old 07-30-2013, 07:19 AM   #91
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Puerto Cayo to Portoviejo

It was a beautiful morning at the beach, easily the best weather we had experienced yet in Ecuador. We contemplated staying in Puerto Cayo for an extra day or two, but we couldn't find any remaining destinations on our itinerary we were willing to eliminate.

Our stay at the Sanctuary Lodge included breakfast, and we were served bread, fruit, coffee, juice, and eggs scrambled with ham and cheese. We purchased four bottles of water for the road and said goodbye to Roberto.


One last shot of our bikes at the Sanctuary Lodge:


We gassed up the bikes in the town of Joa. This was our most expensive gas purchase at $2.19 per gallon:


We tracked east over the mountains and enjoyed literally hundreds of switchbacks over the next 50 kilometers:


Despite the fact that the Pacific Ocean was cold, the temperature climbed steadily as we ascended to the high plains:




With this view the satellite TV is probably not often used:


Significant effort was invested in cutting the road into the side of the mountain:


We were traveling through farm country, and peanuts, coffee, and corn were frequently placed directly in the road to dry:



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Old 07-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #92
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Roadside Cemeteries

Not to be morbid, but I always find roadside cemeteries interesting:





In the highlands of Ecuador and Costa Rica, open mausoleums or crypts are common.

Ecuador, 2013:


Costa Rica, 2012:


Whereas in the Peruvian Andes, burial grounds are far more simple.

Peru, 2011
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:24 PM   #93
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Heat in the Highlands

Approaching the village of Pichincha the temperature was well over 100F. We had each consumed our two bottles of water at this point, and the purity of the water in my camelback was questionable at best.


We stopped at a small tienda, and I had a rather strange dialogue exchange with the old woman attending the store.


I am certain she was suffering some form of dementia:

Me (in broken Spanish): Good afternoon, I would like to buy four bottles of water please.


Shopkeeper: No, we have no water today.


Me: There is a full case of water behind the counter, can you sell me some?


Shopkeeper: We have no water for sale, but we have potatoes.


Me: Thank you, but I do not need potatoes. I need water.


Shopkeeper: Perhaps tomorrow we will have water. You should buy potatoes today, then come back tomorrow for water.


Just then her son appeared, sold us four bottles of water, and we were on our way.

Here is the tienda:


We passed through Valesco Ibarra an hour later, just as the kids were walking home from school. We could have avoided the drama and purchased water here:


Back in the highlands the weather was hot and the scenery was gorgeous:




It felt like 110F with 110% humidity, so we continued on without our jackets:




I was tempted to cool off in this river, but we were nearly to our destination of Quevedo:


We geared up in anticipation of the city traffic (CulinT still had ten fingers):


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Hotel Olympico, Quevedo Ecuador

We successfully navigated our way through the city of Quevedo and found our destination for the evening. The Hotel Olympico had everything we could ask for:
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Secure Parking for the Bikes

A guard patrols the gated parking at the Hotel Olympico:
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:48 AM   #96
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Cold Beer for the Riders

Cold cervezas after a HOT day of riding :




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La Piscina del Hotel Olympico

And a massive pool for the typical poolman antics that were certain to ensue:
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My handstand dive didn't go exactly as planned:

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I give you a solid 6.5 for that dive....




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"CulinT, hold my Pilsener and watch this..."

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I give you a solid 6.5 for that dive....

I consider a 6.5 most generous, thank you.


I can't imagine what went wrong... that was my signature dive 35 years ago!


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I have learned from an extremely questionable reliable source that the final words spoken by 63.4% of adult males in Latin America prior to incidents requiring hospitalization are "hold my Pilsner and watch this"...


I didn't want to be included in this statistic and performed my stunt over water .


Didn't you stay at the Hotel Olympico as well? Certainly my favorite run-down establishment yet!

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Old 08-07-2013, 10:48 AM   #103
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Let's See if the GoPro is Waterproof

It seemed like a good idea at the time to jump from the highest platform while holding the GoPro camera:




It passed the test...
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