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Making a run for home as we coast down from the 12,000 foot level...

As we said in the previous entries,  pertaining to our Otavalo trip, we had to climb out of the Latacunga valley and drive up and over the Andes to finally see a downhill.  There are plenty of "jungle" looking areas on the west side of the Andes.  They just don't have the mystic of the rivers that eventually flow into the mighty Amazon.

Here are several photos of the sites as we coasted on down...plus several that show what happened when we made a stop for new construction so we could continue on...

 

 

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This young man is pulling taffy in front of his family's candy factory... 

 

 

 

Now, here you see what the beginning cuts of a long tunnel job look like...

This is what was in front of us after driving two hours on this road.  There is no backtracking, and no possible detour, and NO ROAD!

This is the shot of where the road used to be...

 That river is over 75 feet wide...to give a little perspective...

Here is the shot of me "superintending".  I have to say, that I was not disturbed at the longer than 60 minute wait, as I saw the incredible job these men and machines were doing.  They had to cut a road out of solid granite, when the original road slid 100's of feet into the river below.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

 The excavator, dozer, backhoe and steam-drill were all working at the same time to gouge that granite into a mound of dirt that could be hauled off by half a dozen 10 ton dump trucks.

This is the steam drill...Now we had the view of the back of this bus for a long time, but when it was time to go, we were happy to have them go first--figuring that if a big ol' bus stayed out of the gorge, than we could slip by just fine...and we did!The road just past that road crew member just wasn't there!!!   

Posted on Sun, May 1, 2011 at 07:35AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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