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RacingThePlanet: Ecuador 2015 Blogs

Goodbye Houston, hello Quito!
24-Jul-2015 12:41:17 PM [(GMT-05:00) Bogota, Lima, Quito]

Carb loading in Houston went well (thanks Jess and Justin!) but now the main event is only a few days away. We landed at 8000ft in Quito (which is quite crazy in itself) and immediately felt the altitude and the cooler temperature. It was a nice change from the steam room of Singapore and sauna of Houston. Around 15 degrees.

It was great to stroll around the old town area of Quito yesterday and get used to the effects of altitude - slight headache all day and shortness of breath. Also forgot to put any sun tan lotion on as it was cloudy, that was a mistake as we are on the equator. Woke up this morning and feeling a little easier on the headache/breathing but with a pink glowing face.

Final packing for both of us today and then a visit to some volcanic thermal baths - last bit of relaxing before hitting the mountains. Bring it on! itching to get going now.

Ben
Energy levels: 10/10
Feet: 10/10
Injuries: None

Strange incident log: If you have a birthday in Quito at a restaurant they play a recording of a clock striking 6 o'clock, dim the lights and a guy in a KKK gown and hat (purple rather than white) pops up with a liquid nitrogen smoking ice cream cake. Classic.

Dilpa
Energy levels: 10/10
Feet: 10/10
Injuries: None
Handling outdoor life: Good so far but seems to have only warm clothes and tabasco sauce packed for the week. Currently trying to substitute something for real food on the final pack.

5 COMMENTS

Vibhaker Sthankiya

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:44:51 PM

Hey guys Hat's off to B1

Vibhaker Sthankiya

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:43:51 PM

Hey guys Hat's off to B1

Vibhaker Sthankiya

Posted: 31-Jul-2015 10:42:51 PM

Hey guys Hat's off to B1

Matt Chapman

Posted: 27-Jul-2015 01:43:26 AM

Hi Ben, Good luck for day 2. By time this comes out day 1 under your belt. Keep strong and focused. Have complete faith you will conquer this!

Geoff Kirk

Posted: 26-Jul-2015 12:39:36 PM

Keeping a keen eye on your progress, Ben. Best of luck to you both. Still can't believe you both decided to wear traditional Ecuadorian Panama hats all week...

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I have been working in Singapore for over 5 years. Prior to Asia I was in London and originally grew up in Devon.

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