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Ecuador

Day 601: Finally we get to the Ecuador border

QuickPeek: Boat Ride. Wait for boat.

Amazon Journey Day 2 We had a boat ready to take us across the border from Nuevo Rocafurte to the Peruvian border town of Pantoja. Fernando,The guy we had set up the travel with, was a friendly chap. Actually pretty… Continue Reading →

Day 600: The Journey on the Amazon begins

QuickPeek: Boat Ride.

Amazon Journey Day 1 The first leg on the Amazon would start on one of its Tributaries, Napo, as we head out of Coca towards the border of Ecuador and Peru. We had a 7:30 AM boat to catch and… Continue Reading →

Day 599: Back on the road again

QuickPeek: Bus Ripoff. Start of the Amazon journey.

Boat Journey on the Amazon – Day 0 With the rain in the air and a pretty dense weather cover all over the country, we thought of our options to get to the town of Coca. We had about 8… Continue Reading →

Days 597-598: Making that perfect Cuppa before heading on the road

QuickPeek: Cooking. Farewells. Coffee Grinder!

My primary focus in this post will be about making coffee. But before we get to that… The last couple of days have been Rainy and we decided to make a tour of our friends in Tumbaco to wish farewell… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Sinewave Cycles Revolution USB adapter

I’d be the first to admit, I am a Power Hog. Though I am on the road on my bike for years now, being a technophile, I do numerous things on the road electronically. Taking pictures (multiple cameras), videos (Garmin… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Ortlieb Elevation 42 Backpack

This is more of an initial impression rather than a long term use review. However, my observations are valid for a pretty heavy duty user and given I had some experience with the Track Backpack. The only thing missing would… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Ortlieb Track 31 Backpack

I got my Ortlieb Track from Wayne at The Touring Store. First up, here is a plug for the exceptional experience of buying things from Wayne. He is a fantastic person to deal with and if you look thro his… Continue Reading →

Gear review: Schwalbe Marathon Dureme 1.60

Schwalbe Marathon – Two words to end discussion on touring tires. Before I started my first tour in SE Asia, I had read about tourists and touring for many years and the consensus among everyone on the road was that… Continue Reading →

Gear review: Schwalbe Marathon Mondial 1.60

From what I hear, The Mondial’s are Schwalbe’s response to the discontinued, but legendary Marathon XR’s. Pretty much everyone I met on the road, had Montials on their bikes or were planning to get them when their tires run out… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: SunUp Eco MaxiDyn 8W Dynamo

A year and a half or so back, I was looking for recharging options that I could have on the go. Given the recent trend in USB output adapters that hook on to the dynamo and the advancement in Solar… Continue Reading →

Day 596: A tour up to Quilotoa

No I am not counting wrongly, I just wanted to make a separate post of our trip to Quilotoa, so there is a double posting for the day. Quilotoa is a Crater lake in Ecuador and as we were making… Continue Reading →

Days 579-596: Out and about in Tumbaco

QuickPeek: Rest. Craft. Missions. Planning. Tattoo. Cooking.

The last couple of weeks have been quiet, relaxing, productive and fun. I have been in Tumbaco, mostly researching my next leg of the journey and getting some stuff done. I think it’s a long time to do research, but… Continue Reading →

Gear review: Henessey Hammock Asym Zip

About a year and a half ago, I was in Portland and REI had a sale on Hammocks. I was in the middle of my Tour of America’s and was tempted by gear lust and really wanted to try a… Continue Reading →

Gear Review: Busch & Muller Toplight Tail light

I’ve had my B&M tail light for nearly 5 years now. I’ve used them while commuting to work on a regular basis and when I started touring, It has been a faithful companion on a 6 month tour of SE… Continue Reading →

Gear review: Busch & Muller Lumotec IQ Dynamo Head light:

B&M makes a shit ton of products, It takes a while to understand the nomenclature and figure out the differences between each of them. The one I have (can’t remember the actual name), has a light sensor, stand light and… Continue Reading →

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