Here is the start of the coastal route. Very light traffic all the way down.
Unlike Colombia, one doesn´t see many cyclists in Ecuador. These were the only two I met on route.
But there were a few friendly and not so friendly critters along the way.
¨Slow down....Monkey crossing¨ In another area I could hear howler monkeys, screaming in the forest. Don´t get that on a tour bus or car!
And of course, some fine beaches.
Bringing logs out of the jungle to the coast.
Reminiscent of the Oregon coast.
The Ecuadorian fishing fleet :)
I had a wee bit of a food fixation on this trip. Going back to being a veggie-vegan hasn´t been difficult until now. With all the calories I was burning up, I needed to order two full meals a night!
I just go into the kitchen to see what they have and order up what I like. This has the added advantage of having most of the food cooked fresh.
An Incan runner-messenger logo on the plate.
Mile 0......Ok so I did the route backwards....but the ocean was closer to me on the RHS of the road. 1150 kms from Pasto in 9 days. Zero flats, 1 broken spoke.
Salinas is Ecuador´s biggest, fanciest and most expensive resort. I didn´t linger long. Caught the night bus up to Ecuador. $10 USD (which is the currency the have adopted here, after the Sucre crashed about 10 years ago) for a 10 hour ride up to Quito.