A couple of wrong turns
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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Once we had our drinks, the road immediately descended into Cayambe, and we coasted down the road for about half an hour
As we cycled through Cayambe we followed the signs for Quito, and it was only much later (almost a week) that we realised that we had actually deviated from the Pan-American at this point, and left town on a completely different highway that was destined for the capital city. Thankfully the road was still good and it joined up with the main highway about 40km later. However, it did mean that we missed all the signs/monuments that acknowledged that we were crossing the equator, which was a real shame, as we had been looking forward to seeing them. So, we continued onwards, always looking out for something that said we were entering the Southern Hemisphere, as we knew that it was before we got to the town of Guayllabamba.
The road descended down, down, down and before we knew it we were back in the red soiled desert again, surrounded by cactus. On the higher ground, we had seen numerous greenhouses, which the lonely planet informs us are filled with flowers, mainly roses that are exported predominantly to the USA. On the lower grounds we have seen a few sugar plantations over the past couple of cycling days; with sugar cane growing tall next to the road.
As we coasted down the road I whizzed past a sign that said the town was straight on; great, we should be almost there, in the next 5km or so. The road snaked its way up another hill, which took us about half an hour to coax our tired legs to haul us over
There was a petrol station at the intersection, so we grabbed a couple of goodies and found a place to hide by the river. Our camping spot was fairly close to the road but it was well hidden down a little track, and we doubted that anyone would be very interested in two sweaty cyclists anyway. As we set the tent up, we made a simple dinner and settled in for an early night, after what turned out to be an eventful day. Thankfully Kory was beginning to feel much better and his appetite was returning, which was great because we knew that we had a long climb ahead of us to get to Quito the next day.