We’re running early to meet my sister at Puerto Lopez. In a direct route we’re only 100 miles away. We could make it there easily in two days. She doesn’t arrive until the 26th (8 days from now), so we’ve decided to detour and ride the more scenic coastal road, adding a little more mileage. Maybe there’s a little beach community that will call to us along the way.
We’re glad to report the roads in Ecuador are generally in good condition with wide shoulders, in part due to a recent revolution to improve infrastructure. Reportedly, nearly two-thirds of Ecuador’s highway system has been rebuilt or improved. Scott has noticed a significant improvement in infrastructure since he was here in 1992.
Unfortunately, the wide shoulder is often used as an extra lane so there are signs all over reminding motorists to watch out for cyclists on the shoulder. Thanks for the love Ecuador!
Tonight we’re camped on a balcony at the Bomberos in Tosagua. Odd thing about this town…the fire station’s water turns off at 5pm. If there’s one place I’d want to make sure had water ALL the time, it’s the fire station. It was entertaining to watch them fill a big drum of water in the bathroom using the hose from the tanker fire truck. Oh, Ecuador…
We were excited to find quinoa today (a favorite meal back in the States). I was cooking up a quinoa and vegetable dish when the Capitán arrived and invited us to dinner at the restaurant next door, his treat. I attempted to explain that we had dinner cooking but he was not impressed with my dish and insisted we go to the restaurant instead. We obliged him and the dinner was delicious, but now we’ll be eating quinoa for breakfast.