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Day 1549, San Miguel – Guaranda: One Armed Man

Posted by Thomas Andersen Posted on Jan - 02 - 2015

Distance: 53.87 km
Ride time: 4.25.53
Average: 12.15 km/h
Max speed: 53.21 km/h
Total: 31996 km

I would soon learn how the weather works in the mountains of Ecuador; the days start sunny and clear, and then it gets more and more cloudy and rainy as the day progresses. Hence, the morning is the time to dry out your stuff.

It had been a hard ride to get here, but I was more than happy to be in the mountains again. The morning air was fresh and the temperature much lower than yesterday as I climbed my way up to a small village where I had breakfast. The people in this part of Ecuador seem super friendly. Everyone is coming over to talk!

I bit further up the road a one armed man pulled over to the side of the road and invited me to his village for lunch. Unfortunately the ride there would mean even more climbing, so I had to turn down the offer. Instead we had a drink together in the next road side restaurant.

My map doesn’t show the altitude of the passes I’m cycling over, so I don’t really know how high I made it today. I only know it was getting so cold that I had to put on my jacket and was starting to feel the lack of oxygen. I must have been somewhere around 3500 m then…

It was a beautiful ride all the way towards Guaranda – a town big enough that I should be able to find a hotel for the night. I don’t know why, but I almost fell in love with the town as soon as I arrived. This was a place I could live…

Categories: Ecuador
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