Cycling from Cayambe to Quito over the Equator in Ecuador

Cycling in Ecuador is certainly rewarding in terms of scenery. This blog entry is from the day's ride between Cayambe and Quito as part of my Alaska to Argentina bike tour.

Cycling Ecuador

Blog post from 5th June 2010

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.

Cycling from Cayambe to Quito over the Ecuador rift


Along the way, I came up to the Equator.

Cycling from Cayambe to Quito over the equator in Ecuador

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 !

Dave Briggs from Dave's Travel Pages with bicycle at the equator in Ecuador

To think that I have cycled from the Arctic Circle to the Equator !!!

equator marker in ecuador

Cycling into Quito

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 cycling 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 !

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