We had a fairly short ride from Ibarra, Ecuador to Quito where we were going to spend Christmas. On the way to Quito we crossed a milestone in our journey – the Equator, moving from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere so we had to stop off at one of the monuments in Ecuador – apparently there are 3 in total. We got to the monument around 9am, and were fortunate as we were the only ones there so had the entire place to ourselves and the young lady was nice enough to let us take our bikes in for a few photo’s. The next time we will cross the Equator back into the Northern Hemisphere will be in Africa. Even though we are now in the Southern Hemisphere, we are still high up in the Andes and the last few days have been a bit chilly in the mornings and evenings. The sun comes out during the day, and without fail, it pours every afternoon for a few hours.
|Angela (northern) & Daryll (southern) hemisphere|
|Basillica in Quito|
|Ice cream in the Square on Christmas Day|
By the way, Paul used to work for BMW Corporate and is kind of semi-retired at the moment and gets a new BMW 1200GS every season to ride and returns it during the off season only to get another new bike the following season. Tough, I know.
|Daniel & Mario - Quito riders|
|Christmas dinner with Shane & Paul|
New photos added to the Ecuador photo album.