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Ride the middle of the world

Discussion in 'Ride Reports' started by ewog, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. [​IMG] "be prepared for anything" I just returned from a 10 day 1200 plus mile tour of Ecuador. For an adventure of this magnitude preparation is key. I wore all season riding gear, 100% water proof with CE approved armor, lots of vents for the jungle heat and zip out liner for the high elevations. Water proof boots, a comfortable helmet with faceshield to keep the giant bugs out of your teeth. We rode 650cc dual sport bikes with bash plates and crash bars. At one of our first river crossings we slowed to pick a safe line across the treacherous water, when out of the jungle appeared Juan on a moped wearing shorts and sandles with his grandma on the back holding a chicken. He blew past us and through the river without slowing to say hello. " Be prepared for anything.
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  2. That is awesome :mfclap:

    I also like how grammy isn't wearing a helmet. That's badass!

  3. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Wow! More Pic's please!
  4. We flew into Quito, the capitol of Ecuador. A busy city high in the Andes mountains, about 8000ft. It was raining when we arrived, after all is is the rainy season here.
    Would not be an adventure without the mudslides, washed out roads and humidity.
    The traffic in the city is just this side of, I ain' t going to live to tell lies on my ride report.
    As near as i can tell there are two rules to riding down here, be very aggressive and survive, I did both. [​IMG] A map of the ride. Standing in the middle of the world. [​IMG]
  5. THIS



    More please.:popcorn:
  6. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Hey! Ive seen that Jersey before!
  7. Yes it is.

    More please.:popcorn:
  8. Nice, nice leading photos ... thanks.

    And at last, the forum has someone who knows what a real map looks like !! :mfclap::mfclap:
  9. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    When did you do this? (I don't want to ride in the rainey season)!
    Where or who do I contact? (to gain more knowledge on rental and travel rates)?
    How much? (should I expect to spend on an adventure like this)?
    How much time did your adventure take you?
    More Pic's Please!
  10. galenernest

    galenernest I bathe with candles, flowers, jazz music, and rub

    Sweet! Must have been an adventure! I'd like to see more pictures and hear more about it...
  11. Very Cool Paul, glad you didn't get kidnapped by bandito's , looking forward to the video's and the "Girls of Ecuador" pics we talked about, :mrgreen:
  12. At one point, the "guide" had to bail out in order to take care of some business and left Paul in charge of leading the group using a GPS unit. (he had a spot tracker so I was following along)
    Suffice to say that brother Paul don't know his way around Ecuador very well!
    I can't wait to see him post more about this most excellent adventure!

    Enough spoilers, make with the updates EWOG!

    Eat more cuy. (google it):secret:

  13. We were met at the airport in Quito by our guides (and soon to become friends) Court and Sylvan from Freedom Bike Rentals. [​IMG]

    Court is from the U.S. and speaks at least three languages. Sylvan is from France I couldn't understand a word he said.

    After taking us to our hostel where we would be staying for the next two nights, it was off to Ho's for filet mignon and beer. I love Ho's. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    We didn't stay late. Tomorrow we check out the city.
  14. Looks like an awesome trip!
    Got any more pictures?

  15. Contact Court at freedom bike rentals. He is a great guy and can answer all your questons. I will be happy to tell you all i know, hope to see you at breakfast again soon.
  16. Last edited: Oct 16, 2012
  17. That video makes me want to do this BAD!:rant
  18. james1300

    james1300 Track School Dazed

    Me too!
  19. Here is another video you might like. It gives you a good idea of what it was like to ride in Ecuador. I will post up more photos of my trip later.