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Day 83 – Welcome to Peru (Mancora, Peru)

25 Dec

Brought bikes from parking; two guys on small scooter led us to the gas station and the borderr, long queue at gas station, but no super grade…sucks…have to get gas on the other side of the border, went to the border…saw a money exchange guy that seemed to know one phrase in English “one dollar”..that’s all he was saying during the 1.5 hours we were at the border, easy immigration…all done by ourselves, low traffic, vehicle permit mistake at the border…corrected manually

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Bought gas in Suyo…$5/gallon just like in Columbia…expensive, desert landscape…sand…could see for miles, briefly lost in Sullana, mountains of trash, tuk tuks everywhere (moto taxis), no lunch, continuing to Mancora, hot, desert hills, many oil wells, saw ocean and desert.  In Mancora in three hours, stopped at the center of village, late lunch, walked to Arena Beach hotel, parked bikes inside, went to the beach, saw many locals, kitesurfers, no cash at ATM, free Wi-Fi next to Vino Bar (French guy, owner, came on a motorbike…was very nice to about us stealing his Wi-fi), walking down the town, dinner (ceviche, fish chicharron, chicken), empty streets at 8 pm, noisy all night…music…singing…

Routes taken: 1A

Miles ridden:  173 miles (277 km)

 
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Day 82 – Twisty Roads (Macara, Ecuador)

24 Dec

Left late, around 9:30.  Saw Christmas parade…had to wait until it was over and streets were clear. 

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Road construction in Cuenca; found roundabout; minor off roading to get onto Panamericana.  Good weather, some minor rain, mountains and twisty roads, many Indians on the road extending their arms for money, animals, cool, hot, clouds and fog, lunch in Loja at piu piu (chicken and Pepsi).  Road construction, asking for directions (GPS crazy, maps too general, signs incomplete), impressive mountains, free passing through Peaje (toll booths), running low on gas, circling around in Macara…got escort with scooter to the gas station, which closed at 4 pm…no gas until tomorrow. Conquistador hotel, looking for parking, hotel guy giving incomprehensible directions (concept of left, right, or straight or going against traffic illegal), back in hotel, no internet, wired shower, dinner around the corner (6 bottles of soda…thirsty, fried fish with rice and French fries), walking around the town, buying water, bouth small Santa Claus toys to put on our bikes for XMas, no Wi Fi, unable to book hotel in Mancora over the phone for tomorrow.

Routes taken: 35 Panamerican Hwy

Miles ridden:  247 miles (395 km)

 
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Day 81 – Sightseeing (Cuenca, Ecuador)

23 Dec

Walked around town in the morning.  Bought some chocolate.  Vadim bought some fun T-shirts.  Gran Colombia street, Mariscal Sucre Street, many parks, churches, river and bridges, Hungarian girl teaching philosophy taking our photo.

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Lunch for $4.  Back in the hotel, started raining.  All afternoon on Skype and pictures / videos.  No dinner, bad service (i.e. no service at all – no one ever came to the table) in Italian restaurant in hotel.  Vadim got yogurt and banana for dinner.  Sleep early.  

Routes taken: none

Miles ridden:  none

 
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Day 80 – Beatiful Colonial Town (Cuenca, Ecuador)

22 Dec

Late start at 9:30 am.  Following GPS out of Quito.  Good road, no rain till Riobamba.  Refuel, nice lunch at a restaurant in local hotel on our way: soup, pork, desert.  4-5 hours to go.  Dense fog, clouds, rain, following other cars, helmet visors up (steamed up), road construction and going on the left-hand side against traffic…stopped to allow buses go through without hitting the bikes.  Arriving to Cuenca…beatiful.  Found hotel easily.  Parking the bikes, Gintaras rode with hotel guy to the parking garage to find it.  Out to dinner at Eucalyptus (tortilla soup, carpaccio, Peruvian and Ecuadorian ceviche, white whine and two pots of tea).  Nice town at night, impressive churches.  Dark parks. 

Routes taken: 35 Panamerican

Miles ridden:  284 miles (454 km)

 
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Day 78 – Last Day (Island Isabella, Galapogos, Ecuador)

20 Dec

Late breakfast, empty hotel…all tourists left.  Few French and German people arrived in the afternoon.  Moved to a new room  – Amarillo room…much nicer. 

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Website update, Skype with friends.  Little dark girl running around, playing with Vadim’s iphone and sitting on his lap.  Lunch in town; terrible, slow service, flies, bad food (grilled octopus over the fence).  Sent postcards to loved ones.  Nice dinner (grilled octopus, ceviche) at the hotel and sandwiches…very tasty as usual…hotel food was superb.  Getting ready for tomorrow’s departure at 5 am.

Routes taken: none

Miles ridden:  none

 
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