11/30 Hola Ecuador and adios Colombia! I can’t say I’ll miss Colombia that much but I did get to see a couple really unique places that I’ll remember for a long time. I’m certainly not going to miss the stares of death, the crazy drivers or the insane dogs.
Crossing the border was easy. I got a little nervous on the Colombian side because the immigration area is up some stairs so my bike was out of sight. The money changers kept an eye on it for me. They tend to do everything possible to help as long as you remember to come back to them when its time to exchange currencies. Ecuador uses the US dollar which suits me fine since I’ll be needing them in 8 days.
It wouldn’t be a normal day unless something broke and sure enough I lost another spoke on the rear wheel. It happened yesterday. I just didn’t realize it even though thinking back I did hear something weird but just thought I ran something over. The wheel stayed true so it wasn’t until this morning that I happened to catch that one had snapped up near the nipple.
This is about the worst thing that could have happened because now I know the wheel is crap. The further south I go the less likely I’m going to run into decent bike shops which means I have to deal with this quickly. I just wish I knew why they were breaking. This bike manual PDF I have says a million things could cause it which helps a lot. I’m either going to find a really good bike mechanic in Quito to check it, take a repair course in Florida so I can fix it myself or order a brand new wheel. The only people I know that build good wheels are the criminals that sold me the bike in the first place. Maybe I can get someone else to order it so they don’t know its for me.
Froze my butt off today. I’m still up at 9500 feet and its a bit chilly. No rain though.
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