Day 78 (January 1, 2013)
Cayambe, Ecuador to Quito, Ecuador
Day's Ride: 44 Miles
Last night we celebrated the new year Ecuador style with a bonfire and an Ano
Viejo burning. Advriders present included: Dylan (cleanwatt), Allison
(bubbletron), Dwight (kedgi), Frank, Tony, Boris, Alain, and me (ulyses). After
being on the road for a while, I've developed a sleeping schedule where I'm
usually asleep by 10:00 PM and awake at 6:00 AM, but I forced myself to stay up
and enjoy the festivities.
The Hotel set up the bonfire and they used eucalyptis wood; it smelled
amazing! It was like having a fire where the smoke is all Vick's Vapor Rub.
After a while (and a few cervesas) we decided to liven things up and show the
natives how to celebrate American style, so we started jumping the fire...
After all of the festivites from last night, we decided to sleep in. At
around 11:00 AM, Dylan, Dwight, and myself all decided to head to Quito
The roads in Ecuador are pristine; however, they do charge a toll of .20 per
biker. I'll gladly keep paying that toll if the roads stay this nice.
The road from Cayambe to Quito was a smooth and beautiful 40 mile stretch.
We got into Quito and the town was dead. Everything was closed and there was
zero traffic. Then we remembered that it was January 1st.
Based on a recomendation from Boris, one of the riders that we had spent New
Year's Eve with, we checked in at the Casa Bambu Hostel. Private rooms: $15, a
bed in the dorm: $7. Plus, a private garage for the bikes. Plus, it's a really
quite, low key kind of place without a bunch of wasteoids making a rukus all
After a brief nap, we went down to old town Quito to check out the sights.
As we were riding into town we had seen a huge cathedral from the road; it
totally dominated the sky line. Naturally, that's the first place that we went
Instead of gargoyles and cherbim, the exterior was decorated with native
animals like iguanas and jaguars.
We later found out that this was the new cathedral and that parts of it were
still under construction. We then headed to the old cathedral.
This church started off as a small wooden chapel in 1534 and was gradually
expanded over the years until it became a cathedral.
We went inside to see some the paintings and archetecture but were soon
chased out due to the mass that was about to be performed. We managed to sneak
back in but were unable to take any pictures due to the tight security. There
were some interesting works inside; one depicted Paul's conversion on the road
to damascus in which everyone was dressed in 16th century Spanish garb, complete
with conquistador armor. Another depicted the last super with Christ and the
disciples eating roasted guinea pig and corn tamales.
And that's all for today. Tomorrow I search for welders.