South America Blog

   This is the journey I have always dreamed of,  to ride my motorcycle across the Americas. 

   Follow me as I travel south from Texas to the tip of South America on my BMW GS.   

    Here's a view of the  Map 

Day Ride

I decided to spend my day riding around the Chimborazo volcano which is Ecuador’s tallest volcano with an elevation of over 20,000 feet.  I rode my GS to an elevation of 14,500 feet.  It was great to ride above the timberline were it was extremely quiet.

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Notice the Altitude at the lower right of the screen

Even at this high elevation I saw native people working their livestock.  I tried to photograph some of them but they do not like having their photos taken and I have learned to respect that.  I also spotted several Guanacos roaming the countryside.

After traveling about three quarters of the way around Chimborazo I spotted a small country lane.  I followed it to see where it would lead me.  It was amazing to see that the mountain sides were covered with a patchwork of vegetation.  It did not matter what the angle or height of the land was, there was something being grown in it.  Space is not wasted in this part of the world.

After traveling a distance I was facing Tungurahua, the active volcano that had released steam and ash earlier.  I was now viewing it from a different side.  I stopped to take a few photos and while waiting for the cloud cover to clear, two very young boys and little girl approached me.  I asked them what they were doing and they replied that they were taking a break from work.  They also wanted to inform me that I was looking at Tungurahua and if I waited a while I could hear the roar coming from within the volcano.

Herbert is on the left and Fernando is on the right, I did not obtain the little girl’s name.  Tungurahua is in the background.