Ambato to 2 kms west of Parque Cotopaxi entrance: Highway ride

Statistics for today
Distance 74.82 kms 46.60 miles
Climbed 1,076 meters 3,530 feet
Ride time (hours) 5.56 -
Avg speed 13.4 kph -
Avg climb 2% -
Max grade 8% -
Statistics for trip to date
Distance 12,329.21 kms 7,660.88 miles
Climbed 143,749 meters 471,617 feet
Ride time (hours) 990.40 -
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Saturday, July 6th, 2013

I had breakfast next to the hostal then hit the road. Not too exciting today, just lots of highway riding. At times it was pretty dodgy because the shoulder disappeared and it’s a 4 lane highway from Ambato to Latacunga. Latacunga is another good-sized city like Ambato. Later in the day I stopped for a sandwich and chips and got directions for the Parque Cotopaxi. I could see glimpses of the volcano all day off to my left but the top was always in the clouds.

In Lasso I stopped to get a few things at a store and ended up talking for a while to the owner and a young couple who were customers. They had lots of questions about the different countries I had visited. At one point the store owner said: “As our president (Rafael Correa) says, the pope is from Argentina, God is from Brazil, and heaven is in Ecuador.” I like that, it’s catchy in Spanish. They told me where the exit was for the park so I continued on to there, then rode 5 kilometers up towards the park before finding a nice campsite in a pine forest. It’s a joy to be camping in a bona fide forest again. I made a big dinner of pasta, peppers, tomatoes, chile peppers, onion, garlic, and spices. I overdid it with the chiles, dinner was smoking hot. I was packed up and in the tent by 7…early night in the woods.

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Can sort of see the volcano here, near Latacunga, Ecuador.
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He tried hard to find a way down off the roof to get me - thankfully he was unsuccessful.
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Hanging out in a eucalyptus forest. Smelt great.
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Nice to be camping in a real forest again.