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There are many things one can do to prepare for a world journey, but one thing
you can't prepare for is one's own stupidity.
I found my wallet the day after I went to all the effort to have everything
cancelled. It was hidden inside one of my packs. I didn't think to look
there since, well, why on earth would I put it there?
Anyway, my faith in mankind has been restored, and my doubts about my own
sanity renewed. At least I managed to stop them from cancelling my credit
I arrived in Equador today. The bus trip from the border town of Tulcán,
where I spent last night, was amazing. The highlands of Northern Equador are
spectacular. The Andes have arrived, and they are impressive. Sharp peaks
and sheer cliffs, but still lush and green.
I am currently just south of the Equator, but it is raining and freezing cold.
It's amazing what a little altitude can do. I will attempt to take some
pictures of Quito tomorrow, weather permitting, then start biking my way down
through Equador starting Tuesday. My lungs still haven't fully recovered, and
I don't think all the diesel has helped. Hopefully the fresh air of all the
mountains will help.
Peter Birch, firstname.lastname@example.org
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