Trip Start Jan 01, 2001
399Trip End Dec 28, 2010
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After a good night we pushed on using good roads, but having to pay a small toll quite often. On arrival on the outskirts of Quito we knew we had to make or way to the north of town and so followed the ring road around. Unfortunately when we got level with where we wanted to go the road off was not suitable for heavy vehicles and so back we had to go. At the next point we could get off we then started to drive in the town itself. It was actually good, wide roads that we had to use so no problem at all. We were making our way to a large parking area that others had used, unfortunately when we arrived we could not find the parking lot, but after driving around a bit we did find a large parking lot. On trying to get in we found the first entrance was too tight, the second had cables only 6ft above the road and so no way. We asked the people and found that we could use the exit, which again was very tight but on a less used road and so we could get perfectly straight across the road and then drive in with an inch to spare each side of the vehicle
15th – Once again we have to stay here because my back is playing up again. We have been talking it over and have now decided we will have to call it a day because of the problems I am having with my back. Luckily we can get on the internet in the vehicle and have contacted the shipping line to get the good news that if we can be at Esmereldas by the 2nd November we can get a ship to transport Kirsty to Bremerhaven in Germany. We had planned to go to Singapore in December, and so we will have to cut short our trip around Ecuador. This will not be too bad because, although we are finding it a pleasant country there is not a great deal to see or do.
16th – Went for a visit to the Old Town section today, it is quite handy where we are parked with a 300m walk to the tram stop. The tram costs 25cents and takes us within 100m of the main plaza. This area is on the World Heritage list, mainly for the churches, it seems that you get one every 100m. The historic area itself is full of narrow, congested one way streets and hundreds of street vendors. The plaza has the Presidential Palace on one side, and although it is possible to see some of it normally it was in use today and so closed
17th – A lazy day catching up on some chores, a good job really as the car park is shut today and we would need the guard to open up for us to leave and enter
!8th - We decided to go into the New town area with the main idea of going to the National Museum. Unfortunately we had forgotten that they are closed on mondays and so it was just a stroll around the large craft area to buy a couple of woollens and then we went back to the vehicle.
19th – Moving on a bit and we have decided to go to the Mercedes garage to get a service done as it is much cheaper here. This means we are once more parked up on the forecourt of the garage in the north of Quito. With a reasonable town map it is fairly easy to navigate so long as you stay on the main roads and that is quite easy to do.
20th and 21st parked in the garage whilst they do the service.