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Back to the Beach...Yea!!!

As most of you folks know, we rotate between the apartment in Cuenca and our place on the beach, just out of Montanita...

And...each trip back and forth brings something new to photograph or to experience...this trip was no different...Coquita was worried that she wouldn't get to go...she kept getting in the soft bag...

 

We left early, and the clouds in Cuenca were already breaking up...a good sign as Cuenca attracts clouds and rain on a regular basis...everyone wears "long pants" all the time...and that sort of sums it up...

 

We like going early, as the llamas grazing wild are usually closer to the road, and have not been too scared of those big ol' buses and trucks roaring by...take a look...

 

There is a massive road building project going on all over Ecuador...here is what they start with here in the mountains...

 These boulders are larger than the car...

 

The road building project creates a one foot thick ribbon of concrete.

 The real story for this trip was the weather...it was gorgeous--all of the bright green mountains stood razor sharp against the blue sky...

 

 We had lunch on this wide spot in the road, created by thousands of tons of earth from the various road cuts and landslide repairs...gives us a nice view...

As we descend, we don't just lose the mountains, and acquire the flat farm lands--we go through a bunch of jungle first...

 

 

Well we finally hit the flat lands and make a run for Guayaquil...there are lots of banana plantations and rice farms, but we have no shots of those...and...I have to admit that I did not follow Rox's advice about a significant turn in the road, and got lost again in Guayaquil...so, when I finally reached the four lane freeway on the West side, I really stuck my foot in the carburetor in an effort to make up time...

About thirty minutes later, while cruising at about 80 mph (120 kph), I hear the old familiar sound of a tire blowing out...(and I am sure that all of you old hands know that the first thing you do, when you have a high speed blow-out, is NOTHING!!!)  Well, I made sure that my grip on the wheel was secure, took my foot off the gas, and coasted down to about half speed, and gently eased the car over to the side of the freeway, all the time, making sure that I had a flat spot available to me to make the tire change.

Changing a tire is not a big deal, but today, it was a little more dicey, in that we had to unload all of our junk from the rear area, 'cause the spare tire rides underneath.  The good news was that there was a ribbon of one foot tall, green grass all along the concrete apron, so we just laid all the luggage and junk out in a long row...

It was pretty hot, and the jack was one of those that is shaped like a diamond, and when you turn the screw in the middle, it lifts the car.  This is fine, but it is more work than a jack should be, so Rox was thinking that maybe my red face was a prelude to a heart attack...no...just hot and sweaty...

However, I did go down and purchase a "roll-away" 2 ton floor jack as soon as I got home.

As an example of just how great the people are, I have to relate how some of the people who had passed us waved and sent help in the form of a "Transit Police" pick-up, with a really strong, and generous officer inside.  His flashing red and blue lights relieved Rox from the duty of holding Coquita and waving for oncoming traffic to move over.  He immediately grabbed the tire iron, and insisted on making sure that I had gotten all the lugs tight enough on the new tire, and then he stayed around to help us load all of our junk back in the car. 

Since some of our stuff was heavy, and on the ground, this generous gesture was more appreciated by me, than the help with the tire. 

When I took the tire in for repair, I asked if a nail might have been responsible, but the tire guy just shook his head and said "rocks & holes" (piedras y huecos)...so, as usual, I had him put in a tube...seems to make those tires last a little longer on bad roads...

When we neared Montanita, we were greeted by the normal coastal road sights...

 Well, we arrived home a little late, but Agripina and Isidro were waiting to help us get all the stuff upstairs, but first Coquita had to run circles around them, and there was lots of singing and kissing--we are pretty sure they miss Coquita more than they miss us...

We had a little catching up on Coastal events, and then we made a beeline to our closet, threw off our Cuenca clothes, and put on shorts and tees, throwing shoes in the closet where they will stay...

We are having a cooling trend as the sun travels north to give Northern climes their summer...but cool here is still 75-80 degrees---not too bad...plus the sunsets are fabulous...

We even had our daddy iguana puff himself up in greeting...

Posted on Fri, May 15, 2009 at 09:02AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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