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My cousin Francis and I flew to Guayaquil Saturday to pick up the Toyota RAV4 Maria and I bought from the US consul there. We got an 8 am flight and were there by 9, and on the road by 10.

We immediately headed for Balasapamba, from there up through Los Rios and heading towards Guaranda. It was over 25 miles of ascent; I can’t wait to go back and go down on a mountain bike. The roads were fairly good overall, with hardly any traffic but for a lone bus or two or maybe a pickup truck, and once a man with a pair of oxen or cows. We had clear weather all the way, as the pictures evidence. We stopped in Los Rios for a few minutes and picked up some orange wine, very good stuff, this area is famous for it.

We stopped for over half an hour to watch the clouds pass Chimborazo Volcano, which was absolutely spectacular.

From Guaranda, we headed on to Ambato, and from there straight up to Quito. We stopped in Machachi at the Cafe de La Vaca, where we had “leche de Tigre”-fresh hot milk with cinnamon and cognac, eggs, croissants, fresh blackberry jam, and fresh cheese, one of the best meals I have ever had. From there we continued home.

Guayaquil to Quito Sat June 23, 2007

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