well I never expected to still be here but that´s just the way of it sometimes… you know, you meet some nice people, you get talking, share beers and dinner and all of a sudden it get´s harder to move on… so I guess I am ´stuck´but in a nice way. Very much exercising the right of the independent cyclist to do absolutely bugger all whenever I like :o) The bike was all packed and so on ready to leave this morning but it´s so laid back here, and facing a long climb I guess I had one too many coffees over a leisurely breakfast hoping to be talked into staying a day longer… one of my German friends did the honours in that respect, which I´m quite happy about, and despite the mist and rain today I think I´ll be exchanging 2 wheels for 4 legs later today as we rent some horses and head up into th mountains…. I´ll ´catch up´ tomorrow and make a big push all the way to Riobamba. … honest I will!
Must admit, there´s not a lot new to report…. had a bit of a sore throat yesterday so just went wandering on the trails in the mountains, getting nicely muddy, enjoyed some more of the local brew and talked…. a lot. The guys have been working on volunteer projects down in the jungle… somewhere I have no real desire to go… been there, done that, got the mouldy clothes and fungus in my shoes to prove it…. besides… the bugs, ugh! Daniel is sporting quite the collection of scars from where various ´things´have had to be removed… the stories are good though.
so, that´s about it… I´ll leave with a couple of views of Baños and a flower that this morning struck me as particularly amusing… can´t think why :o)
p.s in case you are wondering.. nope, no major action from the volcano yet… :o(