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Out of the bubble......... One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.-- Henry Miller

checking out the coast of Peru

PERU | Sunday, 7 Jul 2013 | Views [467]

Back to the PanAmericanHighway for a short time and then back into the mountains.   Riding on flat pavement in mild temperatures to Chiclayo through the desert was kind of nice- a good change from climbing and not being able to see far ... Read more >

Tags: rice fields on the way back into the mountains.

Border story from Ecuador/Peru ( June 19th)

PERU | Monday, 1 Jul 2013 | Views [497]

Crossing into Peru The river Rio Macará separates Ecuador and Peru where we were switching countries. Before we crossed the bridge we needed our passports to be stamped out. Of course we had a visa (we learned from Mexico not to mess up anymore) ... Read more >

Photos: Peru

PERU | Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Loja - Macara ..decisions, decisions, decisions.....we could continue in the mountains but we went

ECUADOR | Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | Views [782]

...from here to Macará- heading towards the coast (not quite - more like the foothills of the Andes) and into Peru. Taking a side road again and being quite pleased with the choice until we hit the downhill gravel. Some motorist had warned us ... Read more >

It's mud in my book ( June 13th)

ECUADOR | Monday, 24 Jun 2013 | Views [609]

We are on our way to Loja - on the map and what we heard from some people along the way - there is an old road and a new one from San Lucas (half way to Loja). The new Highway supposedly running around higher elevations with more traffic, so we decided ... Read more >

Tags: photo by james polack

Sprinkle, sprinkle little cloud.....

ECUADOR | Saturday, 15 Jun 2013 | Views [689]

.....how I wonder what you are all about up above the mountains so high like a rainforest in the sky......     Shortly after we left Cuenca we approached a pass of 3400m. I felt the lack of oxygen ache in my leg muscles, my brain ... Read more >

A whole week in Cuenca! (arrived on the 4th - leaving on the 11th of June 2013)

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 11 Jun 2013 | Views [772]

Running around sick with a fever in Cuenca wasn't fun the first day, but I could tell already that this is my town!!! Downtown with it's beautiful colonial buildings, cathedrals, churches broken up by little cafes, restaurants and little boutiques.... Read more >

Climbing to Cuenca starting June 2nd

ECUADOR | Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | Views [668]

Right out of the shoot ...meaning from sea level - we climbed up a  mountain attempting the 4100m (13500 and some f) pass to get to Cuenca. Feeling strong the first day - climbing over the clouds up to 2000m. Riding through the clouds wasn't a whole ... Read more >

Guayaquil - this concludes the Merry Month of Me (May 31st)

ECUADOR | Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | Views [538]

So, how do you feel, when you actually had some idea how a whole month of feeling something special  because it is your b'day month turns out to be the way you wanted it and beyond? It was warm, I got to swim in the ocean and a pool,  lay ... Read more >

forgot the story about crossing the Equator:

ECUADOR | Thursday, 6 Jun 2013 | Views [770]

Equator!!! (May 17th in Ecuator) This is a monumental moment to pass the middle  of the earth - at least in my book! It was the day before my b'day, but in reality it was my b'day because I was born in Germany and the seven hours difference ... Read more >

The fruit!

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 28 May 2013 | Views [741]

That fruit looked good,  but it wasn't!! Maybe it was some sort of pumpkin.....it had no taste and that nice orange color and the juicy look is totally misleading.  At this point I had it and I went on line to find out what it is:... Read more >

Easy living, easy riding (Thursday, May 23rd)

ECUADOR | Sunday, 26 May 2013 | Views [455]

We haven't seen the sun for a while, the sky is grey and foggy and it drizzles at times. The road leads inland sometimes and gets hilly, the forest jungly and thick and then again we hit the coast - sky still grey and foggy, but the road is flat and ... Read more >

My Birthday, May 18th!

ECUADOR | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Views [662]

  The road led us inland for a while and it got hot and humid. The more direct rout was along the beach, but we had given up to find a boat across the bay. Considering the many ghostly and deserted places, the roads are in very good shape. Once ... Read more >

Sálima on the 16th of May

ECUADOR | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Views [449]

No boat to Cojimies - the river looked way too dry. The local police was confident we could find a small "launcha" so we placed ourselves at the muddy banks of the river and waited. The day was young and soon we had attracted our usual crowd - this time ... Read more >

Moseying down the coast of Ecuador - villages like Platano, San Francisco, Bunche to Muisne

ECUADOR | Friday, 24 May 2013 | Views [1591]

.......on a dirt side road - hot and dusty but beautiful ....right through that jungle listening to Howler Monkeys and exotic birds. Every once in a while I feel like pinching myself - stepping out watching myself riding along as if this is normal. And ... Read more >

A fishy story on May 14th

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 22 May 2013 | Views [569]

So, the couple invited us to have dinner with a fresh catch of a big fish and when they arrived at the camp site that fish WAS BIG. It was an adult cat fish. I don't know much about fish, so I hope this description leads you to understand the size of ... Read more >

Found Paradise

ECUADOR | Wednesday, 15 May 2013 | Views [529]

  Here at Playa Escondido. For 25 years in the hands of a very creative and active, environmentally active/conscious canadian woman. Bummer, we won't get to meet her because she is in Quito right now with her sick dog at the vet - not back ... Read more >

Just so.....I wanted to say...

ECUADOR | Tuesday, 14 May 2013 | Views [510] | Comments [1]

The next day started cloudy and rainy and after a hearty breakfast from our smiling hosts we set out without hesitation. To me - after about two hours of riding - it started feeling like I was cycling under water it was hard to breath with all that ... Read more >

A village named Yalaré

ECUADOR | Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Views [450]

Back in the flats, the lowlands and the rainforest -a completely different scene. The heat and the humidity is ok by me for now.  We had been riding through some pretty poor villages occupied by Afro- Ecuadorians - it is even rare to spot a latino ... Read more >

Turning away from the PanAmerican Highway

ECUADOR | Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Views [479]

Yes, we did - on May sixth, which also marks our one year anniversary of our departure from Marin County, Fairfax, Good Earth parking lot, Java Hut and our bestest friends....sigh.......... Anyhow - yes, good, we decided to take the newly paved road ... Read more >

Ecuador - eights country on this trip so far.

ECUADOR | Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Views [867]

Feeling a little hesitant leaving Colombia and it's super friendly people.... Our first stop at a Super Market for food and comparing prices I was wronged of that worry right away. Two elder ladies (what the hell do I know now about who is elder ... Read more >

From Pasto to Ipiales - actually to Las Lajas (Saturday the 4th)

COLOMBIA | Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Views [1283]

It's my birthday in exactly two weeks - hope to be at the Ecuadorian Coast, eating fish and ice cream. Sorry it doesn't sound right in combination, but everything at the right time. Which does not include (at least for me) Guinea -pig. This is the new ... Read more >

Photos: Ecuador

ECUADOR | Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Photo Gallery

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Pasto on the 2nd of May. ( though the journal keeps hurrying me - saying it is already May 3rd)

COLOMBIA | Friday, 3 May 2013 | Views [804]

The town Pasto as we ride in from above - just like "Chistobal de las Casas" in Mexico and "Medellin" in Colombia. Why do we like to compare what we don't know with what we think we know: This is just like Mt Tam, Marin - this landscape reminds me ... Read more >

In a village called Chachagui close to Pasto, but yet so far away

COLOMBIA | Friday, 3 May 2013 | Views [724]

I am saying this, because there is a huge mountain between the village of Chachagui and the town of Pasto. We stopped early, in fact, since we left Popayan we stop early every day. It seems like James and I take turns feeling not quite "up to snuff".... Read more >

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