As I sit here and looking over my maps, I realize that I have passed the Equator, long ago. I did not see any markers, no big signs and no tourist shops, maybe I was day dreaming again or maybe it was the rain. Maybe I will go back and look for it, or maybe not.
It is Christmas in a few days and I am looking for a place to park myself and the bike and relax. I think I will take a few days off and recharge, give the bike some much needed care and enjoy the warm weather. I have been riding a lot the five days, almost 2,000km. There has been no particular reason for covering this distance I was just enjoying the ride, the days are longer in the southern hemisphere and the bike just kept on going. Fortunately my brain has allowed me to live in the moment, no thoughts of yesterday or tomorrow just the NOW. This has not been an easy thing for me, living in the now, but I am learning. In my previous life as an accountant I could never live in the now, report on the past, budget for the future the only NOW was when things were due. I have to remind myself that I have left that life behind in Canada. So I ride, and ride and now I have a case of Monkey But, so tomorrow I will stop and rest and spend a few days taking in the local culture.
I am also going to focus on my Spanish a lot more. I enjoy speaking another language other than English and take great pride in understanding and being understood, and I want more. Many of my conversations relate to directions, clearing customs, how fast my bike will go, how much the bike cost and more recently “we are going to search you bike for narcotics”. I want a different and meaningful conversation, so I will learn more Spanish.
Ecuador is an amazing country to ride through, the roads are fantastic and the scenery will blow you away. I should have stopped and taken more photos, tomorrow I will for sure. Yesterday I touched the clouds while passing through a mountain range to reach the sea. The clouds were so thick that it was often hard to see and I was careful not to lose focus. At least there were no potholes.
This should do the trick. Lucky for me I have a bottle http://www.antimonkeybutt.com/