A heavily overcast sky, and the plus 3000 metres of altitude meant a very cold day as I cycled out of Machachi, and slowly uphill. Peaking at a little over 3500 metres a couple of hours later, I was a little disappointed in not being able to see Volcano Cotopaxi, which I am sure on a clear day, would have looked stunning. Still, there was a restaurant near the peak, and two dollars fifty was well invested in a huge warm meal.
These little restaurants have been a real bonus whilst cycling, serving big portions at reasonable prices. Warmed up at a bit, and with my stomach full, it was a nice 10 km or so downhill glide, before hitting a flat section which lasted all the way into the city of Latacunga. I had planned to go further, but as I approached the city, the skies opened up, and I considered it better not to get soaking wet without any need. Hotel Los Andes provided me with a good room for seven dollars including tv and hot water, and with a restaurant and supermarket close by, all my daily routine needs were easily sorted.