Goodbye Andes, Hello Heat (Balsapalma, Ecuador)

The Andes are behind us. No more climbs until we decide we’re ready to head up again.  We still have about 25 km of descent to go and then we’ll be on the coastal plains – and heat.

Already I feel the heat – humid and muggy, but not all that hot yet.  I know it’s coming.

We did our final climbs of the Ecuadorian Andes today – insanely steep climbs.  I won’t miss them at all.  I hear the Peruvian engineers understand the concept of grading the roads, so we won’t have these impossibly steep climbs anymore.  I’m not quite sure I believe it, but I suppose I can hope, eh?

I’m looking forward to the flat lands coming up tomorrow.  Why can’t we combine the climate of the mountains with the flat roads of the coast?

Kilometers today:  73
Kilometers to date:  17255

An Andean village

I’ll miss these small mountain villages.


But I won’t miss the climbs.  Yes – we were down in that valley not long ago…


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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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3 Responses to Goodbye Andes, Hello Heat (Balsapalma, Ecuador)

  1. Rune Monstad February 18, 2010 at 4:04 pm #

    You are amazing. Love your story and what your doing. I bike alone, but you with 2 11 years old boys you get my biggest respect of all. And I have met a lot of crazy people
    I am twin self.

    Good luck with your jouney and i will follow you.

    Sorry my bad english.


  2. nancy February 18, 2010 at 4:36 pm #

    Thanks Rune! Biking with the kids is way more fun that biking without! I don’t know what we will do when they grow up and go on to live their own lives!

  3. Grand Canyon Harry February 18, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    Aw comeon! Flat lands, although most welcome, tend to be boring in that part of the world. Just giving you a hard time – you have had more than your share of ups and downs. Keep it up.

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