Planning for Iceland

We’ve been talking about Iceland for months & we have finally taken the first step in actually getting there in June! Initially we thought we would take our own bikes, but after a bit of research, it seems like a better plan to rent. Yesterday, the rental company confirmed that the bikes we want to…

Day 13: Quito to KC

We woke up early to return our bikes to Freedom. The night had been rough for Rob. He may have gotten a parasite from our time in the river in the Amazon. Thankfully by morning he was ready to attempt to rally & we headed out for our last day! It was going to be…

Day 12: Amazon Rain Forest to Quito

Today is it. The final day of riding in South America. We covered 145 miles on our trek back to Quito, endured a little rain, and incorporated 2 last adventure tours before getting back to the city. Our first stop was just a few miles down the road in Puerto Misahualli. A small river village…

Day 11: Banos to Cotococha Amazon Lodge

Today was beautiful. Adventurous. Amazing. I loved everything about today. We rolled out early so we could make it to the lodge in time to do a waterfall hike. It was a pretty ride, as always. The roads were good, the weather was great & this would be our first venture into the Amazon, and…

Day 10: Banos

Day 10 of the ride was a free day in Banos.  We woke up in our super cute hotel, had breakfast on the patio with a great view of a waterfall, played with a kitten that was very interested in watching us eat, then prepared to head out to explore Banos, which is amazing!! Our…

Day 9 Cuenca to Banos

The ride from Cuenca to Banos was one of our longest days.  It was beautiful & definitely another one of my favorites.  We traveled 403 km through small towns, cities, farmland, and high mountain ranges.  Our lowest elevation was just under 6,000 feet and we climbed well over 14,000 for a perfect view of Chimborazo…

Day 8: Vilcabamba to Cuenca

Staci and I met at 8:50 to head up to the spa for our morning massages!  The resort is beautiful & the spa had excellent ratings, but we weren’t sure what to expect for $37.  It turned out that our one hour sessions were amazing!  If I had to post a tiny complaint, it would…

Day 7: Zaruma to Vilcabamba

With only 165 easy miles to ride today, we got up & headed out for what was supposed to be the best breakfast of the trip!  Sadly, it was not the best breakfast, but it was a good experience.  We ate at La Romeria where we had amazing pizza last night.  This morning we ordered…

Day 6: Guayaquil to Zaruma

Today we traveled just about 170 miles to Zaruma. We traveled through banana groves, cacao groves, and an interesting mix of mountains and flat lands. At one point there were large shade trees that remind me of ones I have seen in photos of Africa. The tree tops had a large circumference, but they were…

Day 5: Canoa to Guayaquil

Today’s ride was great!  It was warm & once again we saw a huge variety of landscapes & people on our last day along the coast of Ecuador. Near Bahia we saw quite a few of the ceibo trees.  These look like upside down trees, with thick trunks and branches that look like roots that…