I am now in Tumbaco, Pichincha, a few kilometers outside of Quito. Today, I rode from Guallabamba to here, starting at the firestation, and stopping for three hours at the zoo. The end of the ride was a beautiful, long stretch of trail over a former train track. It wound through the hills and across the ravines, passing through tunnels...spectacular. The train path is perfectly designed for bicycles as it follows a trajectory to minimize ups and downs.
In the end, I am hosted at a Casa de Ciclistas that has been active for twenty-two years. The owner is Santiago who runs a bicycle repair shop out of his garage, and he repairs the bikes of some of Quito's wealthy mountain bikers.
Tomorrow, we will pick up tickets to Manu Chao who will play with Calle 13 in Quito next Tuesday. In a couple days, we will move to the Casa de Ciclistas in Quito, ConstruBicis in the Mariscal Sucre district. It is looking to be an exciting next couple weeks here.