Hola, familia y amigos! Welcome to the beginning of a three-month bike adventure through Ecuador and Colombia with Cody, Jon, and Ryson, often called the Troll Boys (both for the inevitable pungent odor we will produce, and for the bikes we are riding, Surly Trolls).
Our journey starts in Guayaquil, Ecuador, the largest city in Ecuador with a population of 3.5 million, and the primary trading port along the Pacific Ocean. After arriving at the airport at midnight, we stayed up through the night to build our bikes in an obscure corner so as to avoid the inconvenience and potential danger of finding a hostel late at night.
Bike touring tip #1: Safety comes first! Never make dangerous or rash decisions for the excitement of adventure, as nothing will end your adventure more quickly.
The next morning saw a desperate search for a place to nap, and after resting up, our first ventures into town for food and sight-seeing. Our research into places to go brought us to the Malecón 2000, a new boardwalk overlooking the bay area as well as offering views of the lighthouse on Santa Ana hill, which legend says is the site of Guayaquil’s founding.
In the evening, we finished recuperating and planned the first stretch of our journey, a grueling climb from sea-level through the mountains to reach Cajas National Park and Cuenca. Anxious to begin the following morning, the Troll Boys ride!