|April10 -- Cruising
down the main highway south from Quito, Ecuador this morning, we found
ourselves following behind a cement truck with mud flaps that displayed
(no kidding!) R.Crumb's legendary Keep on truckin' graphic.
It was both comforting and surreal.
We were on our way to the Thursday market at Saquisili,
about 100 kilometers from Quito in an area known as the Avenue of the Volcanoes.
Alas, it was fairly overcast and the volcanoes, including Cotopaxi (the
big one) were all in seclusion.
The market itself was quite fascinating. As in Peru,
they grow lots of different kinds of potatoes here, but there were also
several types of fruit that were new to us. They also sold pigs and
lambs and chickens, whole and still kicking, or in parts. The Saquisili
market was clearly a major social and commercial gathering.
We've been keeping our excursions fairly low-key since we returned from
the Galápagos Islands last Sunday. Eight days at sea can be
pretty relaxing, but we were fairly tired too. After seven and a
half months on the road it's hard to maintain the same pace of travel.
Hard to believe we'll be home in a few more weeks.
The Galápagos cruise, aboard the good ship Guantanamera,
was a trip into a whole new world, definitely one of the highlights of
this little adventure, with little surprises every day. The birds
and sea lions on the Galápagos were as curious about us as we were
about them. Best of all, we didn't get seasick and the food was great
They tell us it's winter here in Quito now and it's going to be a wet
one. For the most past the weather has been fine, sunny and +25,
but the leaves are falling off the trees on the street in front of our
guesthouse. Interestingly, they're maple leaves (we're staying at
the Posada del Maple), so maybe this is a sign that it's time to come home.
But the adventure's not over yet. We're off next on the overnight
bus to Cuenca, an old colonial town in the south of Ecuador. It's
a World Heritage Site as well, and ought to be an interesting little spot.