Transportation is a fun and open topic. Ailsa posted this as her travel theme this week at Where’s my backpack.
A few years back I traveled to Ecuador. Part of the fun, of course, was crossing the equator. There are plenty of touristy opportunities that also let you try to balance an egg right on the equator or see if the water really moves differently depending on if you are in the southern or northern hemisphere.
But the best part – and far less traveled road – was the mountain bike trip we took down from the Volcano Pichincha. It was a rough ride. It rained a lot the night before. There was mud all around. The Land Rover that took us up the mountain got stuck in the mud. And I’d love to make the next part up, but this is what really happened: we got pulled out of the mud by a dumpster truck.
As we finally got up the volcano, we were greeted by stunning views over the Andes Mountains and we started our descent, where we covered a 1800-meter altitude change over a 38km route.
One of my favorite parts of this trip was that we crossed the equator in the middle of nowhere on a muddy dirt road by bike.