Bikes imprisoned (Guaranda, Ecuador)

Well, what a bummer.  I had a to-do list a mile long that I had hoped to get done today – but nearly everything on the list revolved around stuff from my bike.  And our bikes are still safely locked away in the church.  We’ve been trying all day to get hold of the priest, but nothing.  The church remains locked, and our bikes remain inside.

So – our camera battery charger is in John’s trailer so the batteries can’t be recharged. That means not many photos until we can recharge them – whenever that might be.  Our photos from the parades are stuck on the camera and we can’t get them off – the cord is on the bike.  My shoelaces need to be replaced – but the laces are on the bike.  Davy’s Kindle needs new books – but it’s on the bike.

About the only thing I managed to do was laundry – just barely.

And so, dear reader, I apologize for talking about the bright colorful parades and not showing you any photos.  I will get them up as soon as I can – promise!

Tomorrow morning the church opens at 6:00 in the morning and we plan to be there then.  We’ll grab our bikes, stash the few items we have with us, and hit the road.  It’ll be a mad dash to the Peruvian border – our visas expire next week so we have to be out of the country.  If all goes well, we’ll make it in plenty of time.  But – if one of us gets sick or, God forbid, Davy needs another surgery, we’re dead in the water.  I really, really don’t like cutting it this close!

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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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