Adios Me Amore Columbia, Buenus Ecuador

Trip Start Dec 25, 2009
Trip End Feb 13, 2010

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

No trip through Central and South America would be complete with out some mention of the Love Hotels.  These are very private hotels where you drive in a secluded entrance, find and empty garage and pull in.  The door closes behind you and your partner, without anyone seeing you or your car.  You enter the room (so I am told) and pay for the room by the hour through a sliding drawer like at the bank drive up window.  No clerk to see you or take your name.  You stay until you are tired (now there is a switch), then leave through another exit.  The biggest suprise here is that there are several of these in most communities.  Some times there are up to 6 right next to each other or across the street.  I just wonder who is using these hidouts.  They all have exotic names, what would you call yours, or what name would attract you to visit.  (sorry cant seem to find the question mark on this computer).

Today we really knocked off some altitude.  Pasto is about 8100 feet according to my watch, we went up to 9,300, got chilly then dropped back to 4800 feet.  We went up and down about 6 times today always loosing about 5000 feeet, and going over 9000 at least.  The higheat I noted was 10200.  The temp ranged from 105 to about 50. 

It took us about an hour and a half to get out of Columbia and into Equador. No fees no insurance just :50 cents for copying 5 documents.  We ran into two other groups of adventure Riders.  One group of three had been on the road for 11 months!  One of the Brits had traveled across Europe through Russia and Mongolia to meet his friends as they traveled from Canada up to Alaska then down to SA!  They were camping out in monistaries and cemataries. to save on bucks.  The other group was on the opposite end of the scale.  They all rode big BMWs with all of the trimings and top of the line gear.  They had more bucks in electronics on the handelbars of one bike than Jene has in his whole bike! 

As we cleared the border and started to enjoy our new found country the roads actually got better, very twisty but better graded and they had more consistant corners.  There is something bike riders feel when the go into a corner, not knowing what lays ahead but trusting thier bike and tires, (and the road maitneance crew) and cut the perfect arc around the corner.  There were hundreds of these today!  Several were long enough for me to count to 15 from the start to the finish of the curve.  Try this close your eyes, hold on to your imaginary handelbars, lean just barely starying in your chair and imagine that perfect arc cut into the black pavement, feel the pressure pusing you int the seat, gravity pulling you down, lasting to a count of 15.  Now wasnt that cool. and you were in no danger at any time, just like us!  To go into a corner at 65 mph, and just carve a turn about one foot off the center line, leaning over till your windshield is about 30 degrees off of level, and just feeling the bike stick to the pavement is something to love.  This was a fine day.  apex after apex after apex, sweeeet.

On top of the nice riding we hit Latitude 00.0!  We crossed the Equater stopped at a small park commemorating the line and took some pictures.  It is nice to be this far south.  Now we are going to check to see which way the toilet flushes.  What do you think, it is myth or truth. 

We pulled into Quito about 4 today and with the aid of our book and a taxi found Old Town Quito.  We are staying in our most expensive hotel so far, $180 for a suite.  We are in the heart of the historic district and a quick walk around tonight showed that we will have plent to enoy here for a day or two.

Ill add some pics to this and the last one tomorrow most likely so stay tuned.
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Andy De Vries on

Very cool! Wish I could still ride the way you described. I have to steer my way around the turns but I'm happy for you. Best wishes! Be safe!

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