A short motorcycle trip up the Yanuncay River from Cuenca, Ecuador for lunch. Total about 60 kms out and back. We’ve been getting rain here daily for the last 10 days. Today, I woke up to rain and this evening it is raining again. Perhaps a bit unusual for this time of year – it’s the beginning of spring south of the equator – but welcome none-the-less. The rivers are running well again and the reservoirs are filling. We have great mountain spring water.
A friend called this morning and asked if I wanted to go to lunch today, just a short ride. It didn’t take long to switch up what I was going to do and put on my motorcycle gear and head out to meet up. I filled the gas tank and checked mileage – 49mpg, and that should improve as everything breaks in!
Last time we went down the Yanuncay River, this time we headed upstream, closer to its origins in the mountains. Lunch in Soldados at the foot of the Cajas National Park the destination.
A rather uneventful trip, half on pavement, half on improved dirt road, wet from the rain of course, but not muddy. Lunch of chicken, beans and rice with coffee for two for $8.00. Then home again.
Weather permitting, we will do a day ride to the other side of and from a different direction from Soldados.
The large house in the pictures belongs to the family that once owned all of the land up and down this valley. It was slowly sold off over the many decades and this pasture and house is all that’s left. Hopefully the money serviced that generation and those that followed well. It is a truly spectacular valley.
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