Amongst the volcanoes
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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The road now continued through a wide valley, with huge mountains and volcanoes on either side, many of which was covered in snow
For the next 30km or so, the road steadily rose at a low incline out of the valley, which was still steep enough to really slow us down. Thankfully the views were amazing though and the slow pace allowed us to sit back and really enjoy them. We had huge snow covered volcanoes in all directions, and cycled passed signs that warned of potential eruptions, which seemed really cool. I imagined that we had to pedal faster to make it through the volcano gauntlet, as they may blow at any second, which was, of course, highly unlikely as the last eruption in that area was over a hundred years ago.
Once we reached the ridge at the top of the valley, we could see the area stretched out before us. We had now arrived into a timber forest of pine trees, which looked remarkably similar to those in Canada. They even had a fire watch tower, which we could see from the road. We both thoroughly enjoyed letting the bikes free wheel down the road as it descended into the next valley. The downhill continued for an hour or so, and during that time we had reached speeds of just over 60km for short periods of time, but averaged around 30-40km per hour.
We came across a small village, that was about 15km before our destination, so we thought we would pop in for some food before completing the ride for the day
Once we had devoured our ice-cream, we were both starting to feel tired and lack motivation to push on the further 15km to Latacunga. However, as soon as we got on the road, we realised that the remainder of the distance was all slightly downhill and we had a little bit of a breeze behind us, so we peddaled hard and picked up a fast speed again. We arrived into town in no time, and easily found a place to stay.
The manager was very excited to see us and chatted none stop in fast Spanish. I think that if we had been better conversationalists, she would've chatted to us all night; she just loved to talk! The room was nice and we enjoyed one of our final hot showers, as I'm sure that when we descend to the coast we will be back in the land of cold showers. The lady directed us to a restaurant where she thought that we would want to eat, which was actually an Italian restaurant but we didn't realise it until we had been ushered into it. They made delicious lasagna though, so we were quite happy to follow the hotel manager's recommendation.