meteorologists believe that this system could become one of the most intense storms to move over the Bering Sea....If the pressure of this storm does drop this low, it will be in contention for becoming one of the most powerful storms to ever develop over the Bering Sea in recorded history
The calm before the storm for certain. In fact, as Blaster and I head south to equator nirvana, the house will be frosty as a pumpkin! Apparently Mother Nature will be sending off with much fan fan, and this storm while smacking Alaska, will be a frosty front to the our dear Old Line State.
If nothing else, those are some mighty pretty pics of the weather.
The summer months whirl by. We book our plane flights and lucky for us, United is only landing in Quito at midnight, and coincidentally departing Quito at midnight. However, this has also created 2 extra ride days. Blaster often laments that he wants a stay-cation. Never fear, I can fill every waking minute. With that, we decide to expand the bike rentals for two days.
Really, what's not to love about this little excursion:
Leaving the table that night, the plan seemed intriguing yet unrelenting at the same time. For one, we were going deep into a new continent, on a one-way bike rental needing to navigate multiple visa requirements. The bigger problem however, Blaster, was still short on work leave thanks to a little 2012 incident that left his foot (and his human) with a few less bones.
Over the coming months, the band of riders meets in Canada again and again. We mull over the options. Our dear friend Marty wants to ride there from Maryland. Our other dear friend Keith, wants to rent bikes and head north for 3 weeks as he had done previously. In the end, it seems that Blaster and I will be going at this alone mostly due to time constraints. To support that end, we chose Ecuador.
Why Ecuador? Well, for one it is very politically stable, it uses the US dollar as currency, and the topography is everything from volcanoes to rain forests. Enter our destination:
There are a myraid of choices they offer. The one that sings to us is a 4 day, self guided tour.
Some might say that our adventure planning to South America started at a small table set for four very near the 55th parallel on during our 2013 Trans Taiga trip. Being 4 days into 16 days, we figure the Trans Tiaga adventure is on cruise control. So, let's add some chaos...where's that map of South America.
Yep, it time to start planning for the next big trip..
They always say, start with the end in mind. I, however, have to personally wonder why on earth someone has a map of another continent in their side bags! Packing by volume, not weight.
It was a lofty goal indeed. The tip of South America--Ushuaia.