Day 360-365 / Tumbaco, Ecuador / miles (Total 8725)
Hard to believe I left one year ago today! I feel like a different man.
The Mother Trucker needs some love
After 4 years and 15,000 miles the Mother Trucker has finally said enough. The teeth on the sprockets and cassette are worn down to a nub. My chain has nothing to grab onto anymore and my gears are slipping. My rear rack has two cracks in it and my tires are bald. I have beat her down on some rough roads these past few months and she has held up great. It’s finally time to give her the love she deserves.
I was lucky enough to break down at the Casa del Cislistas where Santiago is taking care of the items I need. I have been here a few days longer then what I have wanted, but sometimes life has different plans for us. So I have been using this time to get caught up on the blog, gaining some weight back and traveling to the great capital of Quito.
I ended up going with a smaller gear size to help out on the bigger mountain climbs ahead of me.
Huston, we have a major problem. The right crank arm was seized on tight while trying to take it off. This led to a major pain in the butt. Santiago gave blood, sweat, and I almost gave some tears. After 4 hours of hack sawing and hammering we finally got it off. Words cannot describe how thankful I am to Santiago’s help. I couldn’t have done it without him.
Santiago putting some time into the Mother Trucker
We were both excited when the crank arm came off. High-fives all around the shop. Thanks Santiago.
Quito, an unexpected love for a large city
La Compania or the Church of the Society of Jesus is considered the most beautiful church in Ecuador.
I ventured off to the Capital of Ecuador and was completely blown away by the beauty of this city. We took a bus up to the second highest capital in the world at 9,350 on a quiet Sunday morning. Our first stop was the museum Nacional Ministerio de Cultura. Hands down, the best museum I have ever visited. The outside of the building looks plain-Jane, making me wonder if we made a wrong choice in coming here. Walking inside the museum it was heavily guarded by security. I had to flip my baseball cap around so they could always see my face, security cameras in every corner and no photo’s were allowed. We walked into the first section and every piece of artifact left us speechless. Amazing that there was no entrance fee. Here are a few photos from the internet since photos were prohibited.
We then made our way to the old city where the streets were full and the buildings were grand. Like I said in the past, Barcelona, Spain set the bar high for me and Quito definitely is one of my favorites now. Glad we ventured off to the capital to do some sightseeing today.
La Compania from far away
Inside the large church and no photo’s aloud once again, but……
Another great view in Quito
The crowded streets of old town
Visiting the Presidential Palace. I would hate to have their job. People always pointing and laughing
They love their gold in Quito
I was doing the dance for too long. Good thing we found this store. It was a store like REI from back at home, called Tatoo, and I was in heaven. For the longest time I have been looking for winter underwear and a pillow. Found them both here for a great price
Casa del Cislistas
Santiago has been helping bikers for over 22 years now and I was the 394th person to stay at his amazing place. I am leaving here fully recharged and ready to hit the road again. I am still amazed at the number of people who has shown such great hospitality and kindness on this trip. Thanks again Santiago for the great stay.
Our great shelter at Santiago’s. We had shade during the day from the blazing sun. Shelter at night from the cold winds coming through. Absolutely perfect.
My new amigo! He would sit by our tent at night as if he was watching over us. I would wake up and he was right there ready for our morning game of catch. Going to miss this guy
Old school washing machine.
Santiago is amazing! Besides hosting traveling bikers, he helps neighborhood kid to learn how to ride. He spent 2 hours this day teaching these kids control of a mountain bike. This guy glows with good karma.
Thought it was time to clean up my act.
Pedaling for Pennies
One year ago today, I left for the greatest ride of my life to raise money for cancer research. I have been blown away by the hospitality and support along the way. Thank you everyone that has been apart of this ride!
This is from my old neighbor back in Zimmerman. Thanks Cindy and everyone that has donated. Talked to the Snow Ghosts, our snowmobile club, tonight about Pedaling for Pennies and Jim Rienstra‘s ride for cancer research and they donated $250.00 to Pedaling for Pennies. So thankful for their generosity. All of Pedaling for Pennies donations go to Randy Shaver’s cancer research fund.
Maybe there are other groups out there willing to donate if anyone out there are members. For instance, church’s ( our church in Cass lake are doing their own Pedaling for Pennies. A couple of our older women are going to ride their bikes around the parking lot for donations which will go to Pedaling for Pennies. There is The Lions club, the VFW, or even The Shriners club. Think about it people.
The Rambles of Raggle Taggle Rosie
My friend Mike OD from Oregon sent me this message on Facebook.
Hey Jim! My friend/coworker is embarking on her own pedaling fundraiser. raggletagglerosie.com.
Love seeing this! Words from Rosie. ” Cancer sucks. Breasts are beautiful. Let’s save those ta-tas together.” Good luck Rosie
Don’t mean to tut my own bikes horn, but sh’s looking good. I feel more dialed in leaving Tumbaco then I did the first day I left for this trip. All packed up and ready for the rest of Ecuador. Such an amazing year! Thank you everyone.
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