near disaster with an agreesive dog and a high speed descent

The climbs continue to be quite challenging. I find that if I can get into a zone it is easier to endure. During a stage we may climb 2-3000 ft.

Yesterday, while pedaling to Ingapirca dogs were attacking constantly. Sometimes two or three. Then the worst, flying down a descent one was already out in the road. There was nothing to do but move to the left and hope for the best.

When passing through villages and towns along the PanAm highway I try to remember that the drivers do not care. They make that clear. So you must be on guard every moment.

Tomorrow is our first rest day. Perhaps I will be able to add some photos then.

Good news I was able to obtain the bag in Cuenca today that Delta would not take when I departed. Tariffs were an additional $170 in addition to the $927 to ship.

Ride from Alausi to Chunchi short and fast

Chased the mechanic, Lugo, who races for his hometown in Peru for 37 km. I had the advantage of narrower tires and aero-bars for the descents. Staying in my big chainring as much as possible I was able to catch him as we climbed the last hill before entering the town of Chunchi, Ecuador. The Orbea held its own arriving first with the Bike-Dreams mechanic. Our competition was all in fun.

Scenery is improving, the bike is performing well, and I feel good. Life is good.

Limited ability to post…bad luck

The missing gear saga continues.  I think it will  eventually be released.  I hope that it will arrive Cucuenca in a couple of days.  After yesterday’s ride I found a pair of cycling shorts to purchase for today’s ride.  Finding bike parts especially 29ers are impossible.  Most ride 26.

Yesterday we rode as a group North 27 km to the Mitad del Mundo where there is a monument at 0 0 0 .   Some of us raced back to Quito gaining 639 m.  Quite a nice ride.  There were several flats.  I admit I didn’t have an extra tube, pump, or lever.  Those are elsewhere in Ecuador sitting in customs.  They are convinced that I will try sell items I need for camping and cycling.

I will post photos but there’s a reason why  I haven’t yet. Today we were able to get all away by 9:30.  Quite the workout gaining 1313 m with a massive headwind.  The elevation added significant stress as I gasped for breath while trucks and buses belched out black smoke.  Much of the route was on the PamAm Highway.  The flip side was that all of that climbing provided a really speedy descent to within striking distance of Latacunga.  I’m pleased with my training and feel good.  Tomorrow we will gain 1744m in about the same distance.

So here is the reason that I haven’t posted.  Last night a very smooth pickpocket lifted my new  Galaxy S 5 phone.  I am borrowing my roommate’s laptop.  Besides the luggage ordeal now I am minus a phone and all of it’s contents.   Replacing it may be very difficult and expensive.  Actually there is no maybe to it.  I may need to ride fast each day and find work to help with these surprise expenses.  Oh well,  the riding is good and that helps take my mind off the  annoyances.   Plus all went well today.  The Orbea bicycle and I are meshing well.  That’s it I need some sleep.