Leaving Cayambe through the main road running through the town, I was treated to some downhill, but the overall tone of the day was that of uphill cycling. The road ran on the left hand side of a valley, whose ground had been additionally split by an earthquake, which I hope you can make out in this picture.
Along the way, I came up to the Equator.
I have cycled over the Equator once before in Kenya, and have actually visited the Equator in Ecuador a few years back. This was a different spot though, and so of course a photo was obligatory. Apologies for my stuffed mannequin stance !
After that began a rather laborious uphill section towards Quito that seemed to last the rest of the day. Being a Saturday, there were plenty of other road cyclists out, each one more amazed than the next that I was cling up such steep angles, and in certain cases overtaking them !
As per usual, I was mapless on entering a big city, but had memorised what Google had to show me, and miraculously managed to find my way into the centre, and more specifically exactly to the hostal I had in mind to stay at. Hostal Chicago was 13 dollars a night, quiet and with a good internet access. Time to put the bike in storage for a week and switch off from cycling !