Riobamba

The downhill continued and by the time i reached Riobamba, it was time to peel off some more layers of clothes. Jo, a friend from France whom i had met in Indonesia, sent me the contact details of Borja, a friend of his in town. I ventured through town to find a place that could weld my bottle cage and to get my trousers stitched, before i headed to the house where Borja and Nathalie live.

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They had a spare room they could offer me, and after settling in, eating a fruit salad and taking a shower, we went out to the park for some slacklining. From the park one can see, on a clear day at least, the three vulcanoes in the area: Chimborazo, Tungurahua and Altar. Vulcan Tungurahua is better viewed from Ba√Īos, but the outbursts of smoke and ashes looked impressive from the distance as well.

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Borja on the slacky slackline.

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As much as i like my stove while travelling, it is nice to prepare food in a proper kitchen. We bought some mushrooms and other stuff which i usually don’t carry with me while biking and made a feast complete with a bottle of wine back at the house.

And since in the last post, there is only little to be seen of chimborazo, here another picture of Borja cycling past it a couple of days later to better weather and viewing conditions…

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While blazing the trail to Salinas and then some descent of 4000 meters towards the coast. Thank you Borja and Nathalie for a great time and a relaxing evening.

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