Monthly Archives: May 2018

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Quito views and Spanish class

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(May 31 – written by Dave) Greetings from Quito and our week of immersion Spanish.  We are not fluent in Spanish, nor are we effluent (but that’s a whole different story).  But we have actually learned a lot in the … Continue reading

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The rest of the story…

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(May 28 – written by Dave) We are often asked by people we meet if we’ve had any problems or what was the scariest moment.  The answer to this question is not at all what we expected it to be … Continue reading

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Quito surprises

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(May 26 – written by Dave) Ok, ok, no head scratching science in this post, phew. On to the surprises.  The first surprise was Friday morning when we went outside the apartment.  The streets were deserted like a Sunday morning.  … Continue reading

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Spinning in Quito

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(May 24 – written by Dave) The other day we crossed the equator and it got me thinking back to my grade school days in the northern hemisphere.  Back in grade school we learned that the ocean and wind currents … Continue reading

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Quito – Changing of the guard and other thoughts

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(May 22 – written by Dave) (Happy one year on the road!  One year ago today, we rolled out of Fairbanks, Alaska, starting this trip) In spite of staying in the same apartment as three Peterson sisters, with their countless … Continue reading

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Quito – the old city

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(May 20 – written by Dave) So we’ve settled in Quito.  As Nancy mentioned, we are staying a nice apartment in the La Foresta neighbourhood.  We are surrounded by buildings new and old and of a huge variance of architectural … Continue reading

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Into the big smoke – Hotel Las Abejas (Hwy 283) to Quito (43k/15,461k, 3500ft)

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(May 18 – written by Nancy) For a short mileage day today it seemed like a hard one.  But we made it into the very large city of Quito without any mishaps and are now relaxing in our very luxurious … Continue reading

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Riddle me this – Otavalo to Hotel Las Abejas, Highway 283 (63k/15,417k, 3,500ft)

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(May 17 – written by Dave) (posted on the 18th as the no-tell motel had no internet, not the sort of place people worry about email I guess) Riddle me this:  How is it possible to be spring one minute … Continue reading

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Otavalo market and meeting other cyclists

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(May 16 – written by Dave) Today we had one goal (that is if you don’t count eating, sleeping in and relaxing).  We wanted to see the “famous” Otavalo market.  The market is located only 400 meters from our hostel … Continue reading

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Impressions of Ecuador –Ambugui to Otavalo (64k/15,355k, 4200ft)

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(May 15 – written by Dave) Yesterday we spent most of the day in Ecuador but being so close to the border, it still felt like Colombia.  Today we got our first real taste of Ecuador, and so far we … Continue reading