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Today, I'm staying with a friend who I met a couple of days earlier (one of
the naturalists.) I figured I'd rather hang out in Riobambas for a day or two
than ride in the pouring rain again. I ran into another cyclist yesterday,
this one from Japan. His name is Toshi, and he is on a three year world bike
tour. Makes me jealous. He is also keeping a web page for his travels. I'll
add a link to my links page in a while.
Yesterday, I rode from Baños to a town called Puyo, which is a gateway to the
Amazon. The ride was gorgeous, although I did the whole thing in the rain on
dirt roads (*lots* of potholes.) It was a 70km ride, and I took the bus back.
I also took the bus back to Ambato (previous town) since the volcano took out
the direct road to Riobambas. It was still a 70km ride to Riobambas, up a
nasty hill. I had my first sighting of snow on the way up. I'm certainly not
in the tropics.
In a day or two, I'm going to start high-tailing it to Lima, to start my tour
of Peru/Bolivia. It doesn't look like I'm going to ride the whole way to
Cuenca. Not much time before I have to take off for my sister's wedding.
Peter Birch, email@example.com
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