July 24th 2015
Quito to Machachi
Start 7.15am and finish 2pm
Distance – 65.7kms
We left Quito after more goodbyes and in clearer weather this time. The road out of town was the same as yesterday and I can’t say I enjoyed the 12 km climb back up to the same round about we got stuck at yesterday. Once through there it was into new territory with a nice enough duel lane road and for the most part clean shoulder to ride on. Unfortunately it was mostly uphill and while nothing too epic it was enough to put us into the granny gears and affect progress.
Around Sangolqui we turned towards Aloag and followed a now single lane narrower road and while it had a shoulder there was giant pot holes in it so you had to pay attention or end up putting yourself over the handle bars or into traffic.
Once it joined the Pan Am it was brutal and mind numbing riding. Now there was three lanes of traffic on a new highway with clean wide shoulder again but it was still uphill with a strong gusting head wind all day. Headwind, noise and fumes and general proximity to that much traffic made for mind numbing riding and it was just head down and ride today as while scenery was nice it wasn’t amazing (like all highway riding).
Surprisingly given the strength of the head wind we made it to Machachi in good time. We tried staying at the Bomberos but they were away celebrating 132 years of service for the weekend and had shut their station so we had to find a hotel. The first 2 hotels we tried didn’t have anyone there so maybe they were at the same function with the Bomberos? By chance we saw a sign while riding back to the main square and followed it to the hotel which was clean and quiet and we managed to barter down to $30 for 3 beds in one room which works out to $7.50USD each.
Once settled we went off in search of food and had a wander around town which seems enough though there didn’t seem to be much going on.
Back for a hot shower which was our first since Otavalo and then out for dinner – wild times on the road!