A long day
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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After a couple of hours on our bikes, we stopped at a restaurant and tried to order some lunch, but the lady reminded us that it was only 10am and so they only had breakfast available
We continued on and the sun become more intense. We were managing to put down some serious kilometers and it felt good to be getting closer to our destination. Every hour we would stop, have some water and try to find some shade for a few minutes. Then every second hour we would try to stop for some food.
In the afternoon we came across a stall selling coconuts and Kory immediately pulled over. It was the first time that we had seen them on our trip and they are usually a refreshing treat. When we realised that she actually kept them in the fridge, we were excited for a cold delicious snack! She chopped off the top for us, to use a straw to drink the cold milky drink. It tastes so good and must be filled with natural goodness. Then they cleaver it in half for you so you can eat the solid part of the coconut flesh. It was delicious.
As we ate our coconut we discussed our plans, we were making good time and decided to keep pushing on, as the conditions were favourable and we were in good spirits
As we trundled on, we had heavy legs and a slowing pace, the 16km turned into about 25km and we arrived in as the sun was setting. The last stint for the day was through abandoned shrub, there for nothing to see, with a mixture of desert and overgrown bush area. It was a bit of a wasteland, with lots of litter and the only traffic was buses and trucks driving to cross the border.
We had cycled our last 155km in Ecuador, all in one day and it had taken us almost 7 hours on our bikes. It was the most kilometers that we have cycled in one day so far on this trip and also on our India trip. We arrived in to Huaquillas tired but with a sense of achievement, we had made it further than we thought that we would for the day and had moved a long way on the map. We hoped that it would help with the border formalities for the next morning, as we knew that they can take up a lot of time. We arrived in to a bustling town with lots of people selling imported goods across the border and countless men with briefcases who would shout out for you to complete your currency exchange with him
We checked in to a hotel and after carrying our luggage and bikes up three flights of stairs, collapsed exhausted on the bed. I had opted for the room with air-conditioning as the alternative room was tiny, and didn't even have a window. After showering off the trials of the day, we walked around the town center to find something for dinner. There was a christmas performance under way with children standing in a line being given presents from a man who looked like he could have been the mayor for the town.
With the christmas music playing and rows upon rows of christmas decorations and paraphernalia being sold in the street stalls the town had a friendly feel to it. We found a street stall, who had lots of customers and quickly found ourselves with heaping plates of roasted chicken and chips, with tomato sauce. Maybe not the most nutritious muscle re-builder we could think of but it was tasty. Whilst we were sat amongst the locals eating our dinner the power went out for the whole town. When it was still out a few minutes later the performance was called to a
close for the night and the street vendors started to pack up. Once we had finished our meals, we headed back to our room and waited a further twenty minutes or so for the generators to kick into life, and deliver us cold AC again.