March 08, 2008 GMT
DAY 39 - Tour of Alausi & Nariz del Diablo

"ALL THE PATHOS AND IRONY OF LEAVING ONE'S YOUTH BEHIND IS THUS IMPLICIT IN EVERY JOYOUS MOMENT OF TRAVEL: ONE KNOWS THAT THE FIRST JOY CAN NEVER BE RECOVERED, AND THE WISE TRAVELER LEARNS NOT TO REPEAT SUCCESSES BUT TRIES NEW PLACES ALL THE TIME". Paul Fussell

Shorty is feeling better.
Whilst it was dark we went to take the bus half a block away, we went through Quamote, Tixan and we arrived at Alausi where we took a bus that went on the train tracks, further ahead it stopped so we could go up on the roof. We sat around with our feet hanging over. The whole trip was in zig zag through the mountains until we arrived at one called Nariz del Diablo and the we began the return trip. All of it very beautiful.
Speaking with people, we got to find out some tips such as the road to our next stop in Cuenca is not the best for about 20kms and that the border to Peru is closed due to so much rain. We will take another route and we will see at the border what happens. Despite having two weeks of rain today the weather held off and made it such a wonderful day for us.
In Alausi we took photos and the bus to Riobamba was $2 but because it going to Quito it left us at a crossing and a taxi to the city centre was another $2, we walked a while and then went to the hotel, Internet, and packing up ready for the next morning, where i will re-encounter with Angie who I haven't seen for two days.

SAME TEXT HERE IN SPANISH: Día 39…………………………………..Viernes 7

Shorty ya esta bien.

Oscuro fuimos a tomar el bus a media cuadra, pasamos por Quamote,Tixan y llegamos a Alausi, donde tomamos un bus que iba por la vía del tren, mas adelante paro y nos subimos al techo, nos sentamos todos alrededor con los pies para afuera, todo en zigzag por las montañas hasta que llegamos a una que se llama Nariz Del Diablo y empezó el regreso, todo bellísimo.

Siempre hablando con la gente me entere que el camino a nuestro próximo destino Cuenca esta malísimo como 20 kms, y también que la frontera a Perú esta cerrada por tanta lluvia. Tomaremos otra ruta y vemos en la frontera. El día estupendo nos hizo, ya hace dos semanas que estaba lloviendo. En Alausi tomamos fotos y el bus a Riobamba por 2.00 como iba a Quito nos dejo en un cruce, un taxi al centro 2.00, caminamos un rato y al hotel, internet, hotel a preparar las cosas para mañana y el reencuentro con Angie que hace dos días no la veo.

Posted by Hugo Albini at March 08, 2008 09:44 AM GMT
 


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