Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Cyclists passing thru

It had been about a year since we hosted any adventure cyclists, the last people being who are now in Mendoza Argentina. The twin 12 year old boys (with the help of mom and dad) are trying to get into the Guiness book of world records for being the youngest to have biked from Alaska to Tierra del Fuego.

A few weeks ago Mike Shrattner contacted me through my posting on a website dedicated to providing free accomodation to cyclists. This is what someone would see if they clicked on my link:

Email: click to email
Username: SteveTober
Quito/Tumbaco, Pichincha Ecuador

I've bike 40,000kms through 40+ countries and would like to return some of the many favors I have recieved in my travels.
We are in the valley below Quito...a 30-40min city bus ride up to Quito from where we are, just out of Cununyacu. You can avoid cycling thru the 50km long city of Quito. If coming from the North...go thru Cayambe, El Quinche, Pifo to Tumbaco. From the South...Turn off the Pana at Tambillo, 10k? b/f Quito and down to Valle de los Chillos and then to Cununyacu and Tumbaco. We have a guest house out back with a shower/toilet. Long haul pana cyclists only please. Please email me for 1st contact.

Preferred Notice 1 or 2 weeks
Maximum Guests 2
Nearest hotel/motel/accomodation: 5km
Nearest Campground no idea...can camp in our yard if you want
Nearest Bike Shop 3km
Languages Spoken English Spanish
Services this host may offer:
•Lawn Space (for camping)
•Use of Kitchen
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Member Recommendations

Dec 2010 I had two wonderful nights staying with Steve and his family. His home is warm and welcoming. Steve is an avid cyclist and when it comes to cycling Steve knows the area very well.

Separate guest apartment and bathroom is a nice touch.
Dec 2009 We had the privilege of staying with Steve and his lovely family for a couple of weeks - and enjoyed our time with them. Steve is a GREAT source of information since he's cycled so much in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru.

Their little house out back is wonderful - we had our own shower and bathroom and could come and go whenever we wanted.

Although they don't live right in Quito, it was an easy bus ride in to town and buses run every few minutes. We foudn it much preferable to stay in Tumbaco and bus into Quito than to have to pedal through the city with all its traffic and narrow roads.

Thanks so much for everything Steve!

Feb 2009 I stayed with Steve and has family in Bogota, for more than a week.
It was great, I felt welcome and very comfortable.
Steve has traveled a lot and has lots of stories, books, maps and other info.
The house is easy to find following the bikepaths of Bogota.
Don't worry about the huge city, Steve will give you directions.
I highly recomment this member!

Of course I erased all the negative reviews...ha ha.

Mike is a grade 5 teacher from Vancouver and biked to Quito in only 4 months. He's raising money and awareness for the Canadian Mental Health association and plans on cycling 40,000 in 15 months....around the world. He did a couple of presentations for us here at the school. He just emailed from northern Peru and stated that he thinks he "blew his knee" He's been riding hard and fast and on the edge of his physical limits. He may have to rethink his plans. to follow his trip.

Pius and Margrit are a Swiss couple in their early 60's and have been biking around the world for 3.5 years, with no plans yet to stop. Their website is titled, "By bicycle into retirement"
They stayed with us for 5 days, left their bikes and gear and took off to the Galapagos for 8 days. They should be back tomorrow and will then head north. They are a great inspriation! Lot's of great stories and life experience and Pius is a great cook!

It's great to give something back, as I have experienced so much kindness on my bike adventures over the years. Of course, the time we spend with these adventurous souls, enriches our lives as well.

Who will be next?

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