Earlier this week, Todd and I made a quick trip to Cuenca to take care of some business. As always, we had a lovely time there, but busy with appointments, so not much opportunity to get together with friends (in particular Mary and Steve Beckman of "South of Zero" fame), though we did run into Nancy and Chuck Watson (“Nancy and Chuck – Retirement in Ecuador") one morning, while having a late breakfast/brunch at Local 5.
It is a six hour trip between Olón and Cuenca.
Three hours by bus between Guayaquil, and then a three hour drive from there to Cuenca, across the Cajas Pass. We have generally hired shuttle van drivers for that portion of the trip (either direction we are headed).
That is if you can see them, because it is frequently foggy across the pass.
AND, this is assuming one is able to enjoy the view, since the usually slick road is full of hairpin turns, steep drop-offs, and maniacal drivers.
Not a scratch on any of us, and on initial inspection, the only damage to the car was two flat rear tires.
|Kind strangers returning|
with planks and logs to get
over the culvert.
Emilio (the older gentleman) had gone up a narrow uphill path to higher ground to try and get cell phone reception (nope, not in that spot) and I scampered up there to join him (after changing into my old Converse shoes – fortunately easy to retrieve) to get some of these pictures and videos.
To see the videos, click on the YouTube links below: