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We have sand in our shoes...Yipeee!!!!

STA71223.JPGWell, we had a lot of living in the last two days, and I´m sitting here in an internet cafe trying to get a little of the news out while Rox is back at our ocean view room reading about apartments for rent...

 

First of all, if you bring up a map of Ecuador, you will see a nice red road going from just below Quito thru Santo Domingo and on  to the coast...So...after trying to go south out of Quito for over an hour, and incidently driving the car for the first time and driving for the first in Ecuador, plus it was raining, and at least it was the reverse rush hour...sort of like teaching a baby to swim by throwing it in on the deep end.  In Ecudor the drivers all sort of follow a rule that anything almost goes as long as you don´t have a wreck. 

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Jack D. if you are reading this, Ecuador was made for you...there are hardly any rules...bold is beautiful...It took me about twenty minutes to get my sea legs, so to speak, and then Rox was telling me that I was driving more aggressively than the locals...I reminded her that I had 50 years of driving experience with lots hotter cars than this KIA...so I knew what to do...just aim for the middle of an opening and hit the gas!!!(not really, but close)...

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So we finally turn west, and after a half hour of driving were finally driving thru the most beautiful jungle like foilage I´ve ever seen.  Big flowers on trees, and huge leaves on some of the trees...one leave was over 3 feet in diameter, but Rox refused to stand in that two lane traffic just so you all could see how big it actually was...and on that note...we were driving at about 50 mph and were passed by everyone on the road...curves, blind corners, and with other cars coming...if you read in a guide book about how cheap the buses are to the coast...save your money for a plane ticket...As we were passed by about 100 busses, I have to say that most would have at least rated a ticket from the CHP...not to mention filling about a dozen barf bags in the bus...plane tickets are almost as cheap as buses...a very good investimet...

 

Now for a geography lesson...Quito is at 9300 feet, and the coast is at zero feet...so guess what, you are going downhill the whole way...not really but pretty close.  I have the wonderful young girls load my memory chip into this computer, so I am going to try to upload some...if you don´t see them...its´the nut behind the wheel. 

 

Sandy...I can get my new computer on the local internets with Wi Fi, but the computer gets stuck and won´t open after that...is there any easy fix...no question mark on this machine, it goes to some other squiggle...

 

Now for the bad news...most of the wonderful red highway line on the map is wishful thinking...there are some parts that have poured cement for miles, then there are dug out places on one lane for miles...then there is the contract that was let out about 10 years ago to put in culverts in the new highways, but since they haven´t been built yet, you have a sixty mph road with a four foot gash filled with really old dirt and rock.  Needless to say, we were truly wondering if our new little KIA would be in one piece after about a million axle (alel) busting hits...Rox almost got an ulcer telling me to watch out...and then there were about a million pot holes...we don´t know how anyone in Quito ever thinks of driving to the coast.

 

So...it was dark when we arrived, and most of the good hotels were across the straits, and we were just too tired to go.  So...we found a place that secured the car, but had pretty lousy rooms...just remodeling...The little girl who wss running the place told rox that the price per person, was $8.00 per night, and Rox said $6.00 so we settled on seven bucks...and boy was it worth it!!!  Anyway we took the ferry this am...and it was a beautiful sight to sail the straits and see coastal cities on both entrances.  Total of 3 bucks for us including the car...

Nuff said...we have an ocean view tonight at $70 and Rox is quite happy...STA71242.JPG

 

Now I will try to up load some pics

 

 

Posted on Wed, October 10, 2007 at 02:42PM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | Comments2 Comments | References46 References

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Sandals are better than shoes for sand.
Thanks you.

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I mean sand-als. Get it! ha ha.
K

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