SEE THE WORLD 22: Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route (part 2)

SEE THE WORLD 22: Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route (part 2)


previously in Ecuador I started the Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route three months ago having spent almost a year in Colombia, it felt like leaving home but soon I met the locals the travelers
you forgot the camera and of course, the dogs you are a spoiled dog, eat the pizza! although the cows often tried to make things hard I made it through the smallest trails and into the volcanic corridor where the white giants stand tall over the windswept eternal pastures where the horses run free and so do the deers and the cows fight, fight hey, not me! September 2017, near Ambato, Ecuador it took half a day to escape the city and I was back home into the cold highlands away from it all and waiting to see what comes next SEE THE WORLD
episode 22
Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route (Part 2) so we are off to a good start, I got all my intel for the trail we´ve got a handmade map on the road
and we are good to go and i cant see anything protected area, do not throw garbage the good news, is that I found the road and the bad news is this is not a road so right now, really bumpy cow stuff and mud} but we are going over there and after that its all downhill there is a cow and a baby over there
and they are confused like what is this thing up there on the trail
and they are starting to run because they dont know finally a trail of some sorts look at that beauty of a trail unbelievable hey horse friend, how are you? oh there is another one, hello!
ooo he is afraid as usual, the friendliest natives in Ecuador now we are passing the chicken farm there´s three chickens and two piglets
and they are little ones three horses and a cow and we are continuing on what appears…
hold on… yup, that´s a car track
and a road, a real road big thanks to the Ecuadorian department of transportation
for this beautiful experience and despite the windy days
I always wanted to look for the perfect sunset to see the yellow and red stretch for miles across the clouds all the way to the Pacific Ocean the roads were very busy! look at that dog, he is so quick hello my friend, where are you going? you are my sunshine, my only sunshine you make me happy when skies are gray tanananana thats why I love you what do you think? llamas have no feelings
hearts of ice I´m watching you little mister dont you dare sniff my camp when i am not around thats right, run away tail between your legs ecuadorian poodles it´s a great mystery these wild animals roam the forests, protect the innocent …and pee on peoples bikes, right buddy?
that was not nice of you not nice at all and you know it but he is a friend we get along now but we havent gotten to the petting stage
come here, come when the food comes out, then we become real friends I´m watching you
I´m watching you, what are you doing over there? ah yeah you like it!
you like it! good morning what is your name? there are the merciless winds in the summer
and the downpours in winter but somehow, people manage to live and work here the dogs watch with suspicion as the road makes the impossible climb into the wind at the pass, the clouds finally reveal
the closest point to the sun, Volcan Chimborazo funny, very funny looking llamas i follow the road north to an old schoolhous which offers just the right views and wind protection for a night at 4200 meters I think this sign raises more questions than it answers why did they leave their friend on the other side of the river who is he, why is he wearing red? and what are his hopes and dreams is he also searching for the freedom
in the open skies and the wild lands of the Andes i cant tell if its a dog or a fox or a coyote could that be another volcano??? hey there spotted dog, come here this amazing spot, just off the road it´s flat and it´s gonna be a nice sunset if the clouds clear we can see chimborazo over there in the distance and we´ve got medium protection from the wind why not, i have some time to make hot chocolate
and take some photos and do something i am very good at, and thats nothing trans ecuador mountain bike route moving slowly south towards peru and eventually we get there and then bolivia and argentina and chile and there was something about the freedom that you get when traveling by bike and no time limit you can stop anywhere and make your house, your food
and spend the day looking at the clouds you can watch the last light fade from the sky and stand outside at night knowing that no photo
can capture the billions of stars shining in the sky you have nice dreads buddy there you have it, ecuadorian poodle in the wild baby donkeys have got to be the cutest thing ever! hello, hello to you too hey buddy, what are you eating? more cows, resting in the sun hey get back to work
back to work, start eating gras. Gogogogo they dont listen and i´m going over there
down in that valley and up again towards a lake
hopefully there´s a lot of donkeys here…
we can maybe recruit them for my army hey donkey, would you like to join me and conquer the world? yeah? lets go!
he´s coming good, we got one coming with me
now can we convince the others so I have a little bit of a problem with the front brake the pressure is too low so I stuffed some of my stove windscreen under the brake pads because i still have brake pads but the problem is that there is no pressure so fingers crossed, this contraption will work, at least for the inca trail because there is no way I can do the inca trail without a front brake like i´ll have to push my bike down the hill so we are taking a day off
a day off to drink 3 in 1 nescafe which is actually surprisingly good little bit of sunshine right now it rained quite a bit in the morning the town nearby has a store where I can buy potatoes so I will be good for the next 3 or 4 days but today is just resting and sunshine no matter how far I went it was hard to avoid the graze of Chimborazo standing far and high amongst the clouds in a last effort to escape, I aimer up across the Ecuadorian Inca Trail i am supposed to go up this… somewhere… somehow my friends on the horses
so much better way to travel, look at them! progress was hard and slow
but nothing can stop the wheel that keeps the travelers travelling on not the cliffs, the rain or the cold a little price to pay for the privilege of following
the endless ridges home so the good news is that I was told that the trail
will vastly improve and the bad news is that the person who told me
rode a horse sadly the only thing Ecuador is not good at is bike parts the steep roads and trails of the bike route eat brakepads for breakfast the cost of which can be 3 to 10 times more than in other places the best solution was to fabricate a pair from a motorcycle brake pad and hope the glue will hold until Peru i rode past Cuenca and up into the mountains looking for the best sunsets the lower altitudes meant warmer weather
more people and more dogs and the typical countryside life I have grown to like so if you ask me what the weather is like right now… i think i will just say, a little bit of everything we´ve got headwind, cold rain, sunshine and also a very interesting road we have been upgraded to horizontal rain! but also, amazingly beautiful you can clearly see, middle of nowhere the Japanese are building bridges in Ecuador and uh, they just like building bridges the Japanese I´ve seen bridges in Nicaragua by the Japanese, in Panama… so I can just feel my fingers enough to pull my brake levers but I´m gonna have to set up camp somewhere just so you dont get the wrong impression
not everybody rides horses and donkeys in Ecuador they have traffic lights, cities and cars and I think hot water but I feel like fish on land there
and I often zip through them although they are not bad places I just could never capture their unique atmosphere but from far away, they seem nicer, quieter and that is where I like to be the bike is hard to ride! easier with sombrero my front brake pad melted off
due to overheating so I went on the truck down the hill
ending the
Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route
in Style!!! I rested for a day in Vilcabamba
and did laundry the remaining brake pad got smoked down one hill so I rode uphill
but tried to take cars going downhill until I realized I can stop with my feet!!! thank you for watching!
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