Stuck, Unstuck (Milagro, Ecuador)

(written in morning)
This sucks – big time.

I woke up in the middle of the night to the pitter-patter of raindrops bang-bang-banging of pouring rain on the corrugated tin roof outside my window. And it’s still at it.

We’ve decided if it stops by noon we’ll take off – we don’t have far to the town of Milagro and any progress is, at least, progress.  If it continues raining like this all day, we’ll stay put and then ride like hell tomorrow.

We figure we could get to the border in 3 days of hard riding from here – and we have 7 days before our visas expire.  Ideally, we would do it in 4 or 5, but could make it in less.  As much as I don’t like the idea of waiting until the very last day before crossing the border, I like the idea of riding in this rain even less.

(added in afternoon)

We’re 47 km closer to the border!

The rain stopped about 10:00 in the morning, so we packed up and hit the road.  The humidity level is sky high and it’s hotter than blazes, but we made good time. In fact, we averaged over 20 km/hour the whole time!  We haven’t ridden at that speed for a l-o-n-g time!

Kilometers today:  47
Kilometers to date:  17346

PS:  We got our pics of Carnival up.   See them here!

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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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4 Responses to Stuck, Unstuck (Milagro, Ecuador)

  1. Dave February 19, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    20 kms an hour??? Thats just a dream for me recently !!
    I’m sure you’ll make the border in plenty of time 😉

  2. nancy February 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm #

    It’s a dream for us too, Dave! After so long in the mountians when we were grinding up hills at 2 km/hour, this seems totally unreal!

  3. Jim Gent February 21, 2010 at 10:02 am #

    I have been with you for the past year. What a ride you are taking, wish I were there. Time to update your map.

  4. Sia February 24, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    Have you been able to find in Milagro any Stores that sell Wireless Modems for the area, looking for a store on the web and have come up empty, let me know what electronic stores/cell phone shops you may ride by, we are stateside.
    Many Blessings,

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