Rest day in Cayambe
Trip Start Mar 20, 2011
65Trip End Jun 05, 2011
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Today was a resting day and so it meant we could sleep in late for once. I awoke at 6am and looked outside and thought, what a wonderful sunny day and then went back to bed!! At 8am I was up and about and it was boiling outside. A quick breakfast and then a few of us decided it was time to go and see the equator.
With our bikes all unloaded and panniers removed we headed down towards the town of Cayambe and stopped at the equator pole en route. The bikes were lined up right across the equator and many photos were taken. After that we got a story told all about the equator and the gentleman also explained how it was that we as we stood were higher from the centre of the Earth than Mount Everest is.
After our visit to the equator we boarded our bikes and headed onwards to Cayambe. We needed things such as fuses for some bikes and also some WD40 spray oil which is rather scarce in this part of the world.
As we headed into Cayambe area we saw a sign showing Cayambe turn right. We looked up the road and it looked nothing but a total mess but went up it anyway. We later found out that a river had burst its banks and had flooded the road earlied in the week.
I later turned out that going up this road was a good thing as right there was a motorcycle shop. It was not a very good shop and never had the items we wanted but one of the workers very kindly jumped onto his little 125cc bike and took us into town to another shop where we got everything we could ever need for our bikes. We handed the kind chap some cash but he refused it and said "bikers always help other bikers".
After a quick drink at a nearby cafe I decided to take my bike back to the large motorcycle shop and got them to do a oil change on it. While they worked on a few of our bikes we all had a good chat to the shop owners and other people from the town
With the oil change complete I headed back to our wonderful hotel out in the country. The hotel is made up of very old farm buildings etc. Some of the chaps have rooms the size of a small hall with 4 x double beds in it but my room is simply a small old stable with a bathroom added in later years. There are horses, goats and lamas running around the place also. Of course I as always fell in love with the Lamas.
After a wonderful afternoon walk around the area I decided to change the air filter on my bike. Its a massive job on the Transalp to change the air filter but after all those dirt roads I thought I better just do it and thank goodness I did as the old one was filthy with dust.
While outside working on the bikes, the hotel servants were delivering wood and twigs to the rooms for the wonderful log fires in each room. While I was outside working Vince went inside and shouted something like "did you start the fire?" I went inside and sure enough the fire was burning and Vince's jacket which was right in front of the fire had melted. It appears that the twigs and leaves had started to burn from the little heat left in the fire from the night before.
With the air filter changed I took the bike out for a quick thrash just to make sure all was well and on doing so I passed a few of the gang walking back from the equator
Once back at the hotel I decided to check the oil that the shop changed and realized it was way too full and so we had to drain about a liter out the engine and even then it was slightly over full.
As I said earlier that it was a wonderful sunny day outside well this had all changed and the hot weather had gone and the cold damp rain had arrived. By sundown it was really quite cold and everyone was trying to get their fires going. By 7pm it was freezing and I had to put on 3 tops just to stay warm. So much for being on the equator, but then again we are up at a altitude of 2800 meters.
After a nice dinner we had a bonfire and then it was time to do my blog and retire to my bed. Of course on my way back to my room I found a little cat which I just could not resist cuddling. I feel the same about all these poor dogs wandering the streets but unlike the house cats there is no ways I would even go touching the poor dogs.