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Archive for July, 2009

Floreana, Galapagos, Ecuador

Friday, July 31st, 2009

There are two ways to visit Galapagos Islands. Do a tour or do day trips. I am doing four days of each and want to ascertain whether you need to do a boat tour to enjoy the islands. So I did my first day tour to Floreana. The land turtles were cool but overall it […]

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Get to the Galapagos, Ecuador

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Second time lucky. Got a flight to the Galapagos. It is cold here. Or at least not warm. I understand it being cold at the higher altitudes near the equator but the equator line runs right through the Galapagos which is obviously at sea level. But apparently a cool current called Humboldt flows from the […]

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Robbed in Quito

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Well it turns that I am not going to the Galapagos Islands today. I got to the airport to find out that my flight was two hours earlier than scheduled even though the airline issued my ticket after the change. So I went to the hostel where the travel agent is and decided to go […]

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To Do or Not To Do

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

I spent all Monday trying to decide whether to go to the Galapagos Islands or not. It is pretty expensive but I don’t know if fate will bring me this way again. So I spent the day going around travel agents in Quito and managed to find a fairly cheap lastminute deal. Whoowhoo, I am […]

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Lost with No Light

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Alexander the dutch rider (his website) is also in Quito so we decided to met up and ride to the middle of the earth (equator). Turns out there is two places. One with a monument and the other with a museum and we went to the wrong one. Then we went up to Otovalo to […]

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Rough-Road Riding

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

On Sunday on of the local riders Luigi and his wife Karine invited me out to do some back roads to one of the Ecuador volcanoes. I realised in El Salvador that I wasn’t able to off road ride but I haven’t done much off tarmac riding so I was looking forward to testing myself […]

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Congratulations to Rhonda and Ngatikawa

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Congratulations to my sister Rhonda who just had her fourth child Hawaiki Ngahuia Moetu Hemo Taituha and her husband Ngatikawa who delivered the child. I am looking forward to going back to New Zealand after the trip to see my family.

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Mean Old Man

Friday, July 24th, 2009

My border crossing into Ecuador didn’t go so well. The old guy who had to do the paper work for my bike obviously was ticked off with my poor Spanish and served everyone else while I was waiting until one of the guys that came after me finally said he should do my paperwork which […]

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Colombian Confidence

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

I have loved Colombia. The people have been incredibly friendly. Every traffic light I pull up to someone wants to have a chat. And when you are traveling in a foreign country you can feel like it is a have but in Colombia it feels really genuine. So I took a bit of Colombian confidence […]

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Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

The ride down from Popayan to Pasto was really weird. One moment you were in dry valleys and the next minute in the more typical green Colombian countryside.

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