Pasto, Colombia to Pimampiro, Ecuador

Here are our travel photos from Colombia and Ecuador
Loaded up and headed to the bike store.

Loaded up and headed out of town.

Pasto

Pasto

The Andes mountains are carved up into family farming plots like a patchwork quilt.

The Andes mountains are carved up into family farming plots like a patchwork quilt.

Our friend, Carlos, joined us for the ride out of Pasto.

Our friend, Carlos, joined us for the ride out of Pasto.

Carlos took us to stay with some family members in Pilcuan, where we took over an empty house for the night.

Carlos took us to stay with some family members in Pilcuan, where we took over an empty house for the night.

We had had enough!

When Davy woke up sick, we decided we had had enough.  Davy and I loaded all our panniers into a wheelbarrow to take them to a bus; John and Daryl continued on without us.  We will eventually go back and get the bikes – after Davy gets his toe surgery and recovers from his stomach bug.

Climbing out of the river valley

Climbing out of the river valley

It was threatening rain, but held off for them!

Davy and I crossed the border on bus.

Davy and I crossed the border on bus.

John and Daryl came a day later on their bike.

John and Daryl came a day later on their bike.

The countryside of Ecuador.

The countryside of Ecuador.

Ecuador

Tulcan

Tulcan

Wheee

Whee!  A huge downhill to the river, then another climb to Pimampiro.

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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2 Responses to Pasto, Colombia to Pimampiro, Ecuador

  1. alister and anna November 5, 2009 at 10:20 am #

    Hi all,

    Just wondering how you are doing. Has Davy had his surgery and has his belly trouble cleared up?
    Hope you are being taken care of a bit by the Ecuadorians…Your photos of southern Colombia and Ecuador look amazing, looks like there are some hills between us…..
    We are in David, Panama, and have a boat booked to Cartagena next week! We can’t wait to start ‘episode 2′ of the trip.
    Thinking of you often,
    big hugs
    ali and anna
    ps if you’d ever need medical advice, be it from a distance, always feel free to ask.

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  2. Nancy November 5, 2009 at 2:23 pm #

    Hey guys! Good to hear from you! Enjoy Panama – we enjoyed the interior part, but once we hit the canal it was… well… blah. Which boat will you be taking? I’ve heard it’s pretty rough at this time of year, so be sure to take Dramamine with you!

    You are right about the hills – the magnitude of them will blow your mind. Given the fact that the highest you’ve been for quite a while is about 3- or 4000 feet, it’s mindboggling when you have a 6- or 7ooo foot climb ahead of you!

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