Sunday, June 18, 2023

Ecuador 6-18-2023 Chmborazo

We have a long ride down to the village of Angamarca.  Then we climb a steep hill up from the river.  We find a nice camp in some trees on the ridge.


Riding up and down across the high hills   Much logging in the area with most wood chain sawed to meter size boards and I am thinking that is only good for pallets.  Finally find a camp spot on a ridge above some homes.


In the morning we ride down a road being work on with fresh mounds of dirt and rock with a road grader slowly trying to turn it back into a road.  In Simlatug we try to find a few provisions.  There is another climb out of the valley with a not to bad grade. Back to over 13000ft to camp in great spot in the trees.



The head wind is strong and makes the ride more chalanging to over 14000ft.  We continue to work our way around Chmborazo.  There are lots of Vicuñas around the volcano.  When we get to entrance a 3:00 the park is already closed.  Another day we will ride to 16000 ft.  Going down there is off road bike trail.  This gives us a good camping spot.

Vicuñas and Chmborazo in the background

Some other bikepacker

Off road riding down the mountain.  We see another bikepacker camping below us.  The route wanders back roads further around the base of Chmborazo.  Then we coast into Riobamba

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