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Feb 15, 2018 - Equator

Did you know at the Equator: 1 you can balance an egg on top of a nail because the yolk internally is perfectly balanced. 2. That it is more difficult to maintain your balance because the centrifugal force pushing you up. 3. It is more easy to do press ups for the same reason as above. 4. Water flows straight down the plug hole but move 1 m either side of the equator and water flows in clockwise or anti clock wise direction. After sampling these effects we went back to the hotel to see Spurs drawing with Juventus. Alison was still...

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Feb 14, 2018 - Tuesday 13th February Santa Cerros Golf

Had an extended breakfast starting with sweet bread, marmalade, cheese and dulce de Leche, then a mixed fruit shake from the jungle, then poached eggs, then granola and youghart, selection of fruit, an egg cup of black tea After pigging out we was going to arrange a walk around the old town but the $100 everything in at the golf club sold us, so off we all went. Arrived at the clubhouse and had most of the club welcome us and getting sorted out. Only problem was that due to this being a public holiday, the pro shop was closed. We were then...

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Feb 14, 2018 - Quito and the middle of the world. Plus Valentine evening

Hi all, and welcome to new readers. I am not really sure what I am doing with this so please bear with me. This is a reminder to us of what we have been doing and also gives friends a chance to drop in and see if we are still alive. After the jungle mosquitoes I think we should get to the end. Just volcanoes and sharks to go - what could go wrong. Apparently you can find the itinerary of the holiday and there are photos and words to hear a bit more. We cannot always update every day due to the vagaries of the internet connections we get but...

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Feb 14, 2018 - Valentine's Day in Quito Old Town

Alison was not feeling too great as we met up with Deigo our tour guide for our entire trip through Ecuador. He was a bit like a smartarse but very clever with it. He is extremely knowledgeable apparently studied Amazonal wildlife, anthropology, zoology as well as languages and tourism. Amazing. He took us first up to see the guardian angel overlooking the city, whilst we up there he told the history of the indigenous peoples through the spsnish conquest through to independence. He relayed the stories through history and architecture of the...

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Feb 13, 2018 - Golf and relaxation in Quito

Today is a rest day. Alison and Bob were going to meet some friends who live nearby but have not been able to contact them. We have been trying to book some golf and Quito seemed to have some courses. The lady at reception yesterday said that she thought all were private apart for one and she couldn’t get hold of them, probably because it is a bank holiday. Anyway when she left last night another lady took over and she seemed to be a bit more switched on and said she would call them in the morning. We felt like it was not going to happen so...

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Feb 12, 2018 - Quito in Ecuador

Well despite me saying that we were on our way to Ecuador I have to mention our drive back to Lima. I have come to the conclusion that Peruvian drivers are not idiots, they are clearly skilled drivers that my initial biased view stopped me recognising the skills they possess. I have never seen drivers cut through traffic or use the hard shoulders of dual carriageways so skilfully. Most people would be happy to wait, particularly when an accident has occurred but these guys can see a route through that no one would see and carve their way...

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Feb 12, 2018 - Ecuador and Quito here we come

Left Paracus at 15:30 and had a shared transportation back to Lima, with 10 other people, it just was not on. Peruvians talking the whole way and we was on the coach for 5 hours back to Lima and the Marriott. Short over night stay and surprisingly Dave got his shirts and as well as pyjamas back and Irene had her brush. Up early 06:00 for internal flight at 10:30 to our next country Equador. When getting on bus Daves hopes were raised when they said they had a cap which had been keft on the bus, but that was from yesterday and David had not...

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Dec 10, 2017 - All in All Success

Sorry for the delay……. So day 5 was as mentioned earlier. It was a review and preparation day as well as a travel day to Cotopaxi. Not too exciting of a day we ate breakfast then grabbed our climbing gear, ropes, carabineers, and belay device. We moved out onto the lawn at our hacienda to learn knots, purpose of each knot, how to belay, when tied together in a group how to properly maneuver without tripping, getting tangled or impacting the safety of the other team members. The refresher was good and the knot tying I need to work on and...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Troubling times

Day 3 was supposed to be an easy day however we ran into some complications. Trevor was having a really bad morning, after our first climb on Ruku Pichincha he was really struggling with his breathing and started with a little cough overnight it worsened and by morning we had to have our guide Ossie come take a look at him. Ossie’s thoughts were to get moving continue to higher elevation to continue with the acclimation process and along the way monitor his progress. So we had breakfast packed up and headed out for what was supposed to be...

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Dec 6, 2017 - Illiniza Norte

First thing we did once we woke up was ask for an update on Trevor turns out he was still in the hospital and had altitude sickness and Pneumonia. Not good he was better and improving from the day before however he would probably stay. The hut slept about 12 – 15 people piled in bunk beds, not the best accommodations but necessary. I think I slept maybe 10 minutes the whole night. It was a long night to say the least, the higher the altitude the tougher it is to sleep and control breathing. Endless to say the morning came the first group...

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Dec 4, 2017 - 15,000+ foot Summit 1 of 3

Today’s agenda was to begin acclimation although we are currently sleeping at around 10,000 feet we needed to make a summit climb to a higher altitude so the plan was to climb Ruku Pichincha. Ruku Pichincha is about 15,413 feet. We started off and I think I can say we were all anxious and had some butterflies. We all seemed to struggle in different area’s of the climb, I think we started with a pretty fast pace, as a test to see where our skills were. We rest a couple times before we got to within 30 minutes of the summit and where we began...

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Dec 3, 2017 - 1 Leg in the South 1 leg in the North

Another exciting day. We woke today to a 6.0 earthquake on the eastern coast of Ecuador. The earthquake was felt all the way over to Quito (Not sure exactly how far it is however it’s on about an inch on google maps). Anyways, Marty felt his bed shake thinking it was me playing a joke on him. Zach thought he felt it as well and there were others that made comments in the morning. I didn’t feel a thing as I was extremely sleep deprived and in a coma. That was the start of the day, we then after a wonderful breakfast headed into Quito. We...

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