Over the next few days we took llama and donkey tracks, we know this because this is all the traffic we saw
The dirt tracks we nothing short of spectacular with views across the mountains and valleys for days, we could stop for a few minutes and pick tracks that looked fun
Some of the tracks were in excellent shape but still zero traffic
it would be such a shame to ride Ecuador and miss these areas just because of the fear of a little gravel
For days we rode up and down from 1500m over 4000m and back down again, over and over
Hitting small villages like; Simiatug, Pinllopata, Zumbahua, Sigchos and many more
It was just llamas for days
Lake Quilota is a must see in Ecuador, but riding your bike down this single track path is probably a no/ no now the area s getting developed…whoops!
We grabbed a hostel with a deep canyon on one side and Cotopaxi volcano on the other
This was the view out of our window, $20 including dinner and breakfast!
and from a high point the view the other direction
The following morning trying to get a little closer
We circled back to Quito, not five minutes from where we were headed to stay I get a flat on a very busy intersection while taking a right, the bike tried to go straight so choice but to replace the tube right there in the intersection as the tube had shreaded and dumped all the air instantly
Finally made it back to our place in Quito, hung out for a few days in the city and all the bizarre things that cities do…not really interested tbh
Left Egle by herself while I went for a ride for a few days, she was doing her Indiegogo campaign so she was focused on that, seemed like a good time for a little more seat time.
I took a simple route of the easiest dirt but in reverse because sometimes the great photos are behind you and you just miss them
hitting little towns along the way like Lumbaqui, Chingual, and San Gabriel
Water (falls), water everywhere, on this stretch I counted 101 of them in 2 hours, there were probably a lot more but occasionally I had to look at the road
in this northeastern part of Ecuador it is so green and fertile and the outlying western section of the Amazon
Heading west the patchwork of farmland shows the dividing line in the Andes and as you go further the land becomes significantly drier
riding up thru gold mining areas of Charchi and around Buenos Aires and down to the valley and thru Cahausqui, Pablo Arenas, and Tumbabiro
Crazy roads to try at another time…just have to figure a way to get to them
On the outskirts of Cotacachi, there was a sentiment about the president that there must be a good story to tell
but you would never know meeting the people, they are listed as the 6th most emotional and positive nationality in the world according to a poll. In the middle of nowhere, I came across a small parade where emotion was in full swing
and wearing Luis’ chaps (from a few posts earlier)
and followed by the band and a crowd
A man stepped out of the crowd to share his moonshine with me, and it was good, but he was gone before I could find out where I could get some, in his kitchen would probably be the answer
A few more days of peaks and valleys
taking corners guarded by llamas showing their opinion with their ears
The patchwork goes on for days and days…from the valley floor right up to the peaks, with tracks dividing
a loop past the massive Chimborazo and onto Baños
A stop by the Equator, again, fifth times a charm getting 00.00000 in the poring rain
and back to Quito
****Sadly this last section of the trip wasn’t all great, Egle had stayed in Quito and we’d invited someone who we thought was a friend to come and ride with me while she was writing. This turned out to be a huge mistake!
I HAVE NOT included a photo of him as he is easily the most disrespectful person I have ever met his image doesn’t deserve to be here
His name is JD Dyess and goes by Skizzman, I am embarrassed to say I even know him!
The person that I thought was a friend arrived in Ecuador and turned out to be the most arrogant, ignorant, disrespectful, and obtuse individual.
Both Egle and I have literally NEVER met anyone like him – I wouldn’t be writing this if it were just a case of a few misunderstandings or simply a mismatch of personalities and riding skills. This was way, WAY worse than that.
His offroad riding skills are not only lacking and nowhere near his Walter Mitty/FIGJAM level that he has an illusion he possesses, why would you lie when you know you will be found out instantly, which they were, they caused close to $600 worth of parts, service, and labor to partially repair the damage he caused by his lack of ability and has now left us with a damaged front rim that we will have to live with for the next two years.
His lack of civility is astounding and the one thing that really rubs me the wrong way more than anything is HE DIDN’T even have the decency to say thank you to Egle for letting him use her bike.
I’d emailed him two weeks ago ( one week after he returned to the US) about all of this with no response whatsoever.
He is not a man in any sense of the word, just a person that has verbal diarrhea when he is in your presence and like to tell stories of how he is the best at everything he does but cannot back any of it up, a real-life Walter Mitty if there ever was one and appears his life is a lie, he is generally a self-absorbed and narcissistic scumbag!
If you only know this person online and have never met him in person, stay away from a face to face, you’ll be glad you did…or unfriend him ASAP
I could write a book about him, and his actions along with the multitude of people that I have subsequently found out that have blocked, barred, unfriended, ignored, or simply do not talk to him anymore.
He is not worth it though, I’d already wasted too much time on this person as it is.
…but put simply, he is an embarrassment to the ADVrider community – #fuckskizzman