Today a pretty and not too difficult ride through Ecuador. This being Ecuador, there was climbing involved, but less that the last two days of riding.
Started out cycling through the small streets of Tulcan, from city center and then south along the spine. It was early and not much on the road yet. The roads were wet as there had been intermittent rain.
After 6km, came to the main road and started the longer climbing for the day, ~400m (1700ft). Road had a good shoulder. Found it interesting that Ecuador also adopts 911 as emergency number.
Today was mostly across agricultural region with these patchwork fields.
This photo near the top, at 3300 meters (10,850ft).
Look carefully on the horizon and you’ll see people up working on the field.
Cattle as well. See a number of small dairies along the way.
Toll booth. In Colombia, motorcycles are free, in Ecuador they cost $0.20. Since there isn’t a motorcycle lane to bypass on the right, we had to take cues on where to ride. Eventually directed all the way left to bypass the toll area.
Colon Christobal was one town over from our destination.
San Gabriel, destination for today.
Sculpture at center of town.
We walked around town to find restaurant for lunch as well as buying some groceries. Otherwise a quieter and not too difficult ride today.
So far, haven’t noticed a lot of difference between Ecuador and Colombia. Starting in southern part of Colombia, I did notice some wool ponchos start to appear. Otherwise, these look like little towns in the Andes with cooler temperatures. Lots of hills, but that was true in Colombia as well.