March 29, 2008 GMT
DAY 40 - not an easy road

"STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE POTHOLES IN THE ROAD AND CELEBRATE THE JOURNEY!" Fitzhugh Mllan

Saturday 8th of March

Yesterday afternoon i stopped at a tourist agency and was offered a 4 day package with everything except entry to the Galapagos for 700 Guayaquil. However they wanted me to book dates and i have no idea when i will be able to arrive there, particularly with all the rain and road closures we have come across. I had a chat with Shorty, but he has no interest, he has decided to go some other time with his wife. Then there was the matter of where the bike was to be stored while i was there. In a city of over 3 million with not the best of reputations, i decided i too will leave the Galapagos for some other time.


We took our bikes out of the garage and Shorty ran over a wooden board with nails. His front will was flat and got fixed in 5 minutes. We had a huge breakfast and departed with Machala in mind (near the Peruvian border).
The first kms, fine but as soon as we passed Cajabamba a mess, then from Pallatanga to El Triunfo fantastic. Some 20 kms before Guayaquil we turned left on the South Road number 25 towards Naranjal and Machala, again at first a good road then it worsens with pot holes so deep, it was a miracle i didn't fall off the bike after going full force into two of them.

It has been a long day, 300 kms. We are staying at Hotel Ejecutivo in the centre of Machala, third floor recommended by Lonely Planet it has cable, internet and air for $US18 dollars. Machala has a population of 250.000.

This morning while on the road we would have reached a height of 4000 mts, my feet and finger tips were frozen cold. But here in Machala it is 33 degrees, i reached my room 303 and thought i was burning. The bikes are at the side of the hotel in an enclosed area although with no roof cover but with security guard. Later on we might take a stroll around the centre and have dinner, at the moment i am watching a 'Cantinflas' movie.

SAME TEXT HERE IN SPANISH: Día 40 Sábado 8

Ayer de tarde fui a una agencia de viajes y me dieron un paquete por 4 días todo incluido menos la entrada al parque de Galapos por 700 de Guayaquil, pero quería que pusiera fecha y yo no se cuando podía llegar a esa ciudad, con tanta lluvia y caminos cerrados, hable con Shorty y no tenia interés, quiere hacerlo mas adelante con su señora, se empezó a complicar donde dejaba la moto por cinco días en esa ciudad de 3 millones y su fama de peligrosa, decidí dejar para otra vez.
Sacamos las motos del garaje y Shorty pasó por arriba de una tabla con un clavo y pincho la rueda de adelante, la arreglamos en cinco minutos, tomamos un buen desayuno y salimos a tratar de llegar a Machala, cerca de la frontera con Perú.
Los primeros kms la carretera bien pero después de Cajabamba un desastre, Pallatanga, hasta El Triunfo después un lujo y unos 20 kms antes de Guayaquil doblamos a la izquierda por la Sur25 para Naranjal y Machala, la carretera igual al principio muy bien y después había que hoyos que querían devorar a Angie, agarre dos de lleno que salte como un metro, fue un milagro que no caí. No podíamos comprender con Shorty la profundidad que tienen. Fue un largo día por 300 kms. Estamos en el Hotel Ejecutivo
En el tercer piso, en el centro de Machala un cuarto de millón de habitantes, hotel recomendado por Lonely Planet, cable, Internet, aire por 18 dol.
Hoy de mañana cuando salimos llegamos como a los 4.ooo metros se me congelaron los pies y las pu8ntas de los dedos, Aquí hace 33 grados, llegue a mi cuarto el 303 pensé que me iba a prender fuego. Las motos al costado del hotel en un lote cerrado y con guardia, sin techo. Saldremos a comer algo y caminar por el centro, en el momento estoy mirando una película de gran Cantinflas.

Posted by Hugo Albini at March 29, 2008 07:55 AM GMT
 


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