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12 MAY - Riobambas, Ecuador

From: Peter Birch (
Date: Sat May 13 2000, 02:12 PM PDT

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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,

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