In Ecuador, Bertrand gains altitude with his STD 100 trailer. Time to think about this one year bike trip : “Time goes so fast ! ”
The day after, departure for the Quilotoa volcano with a descent in the crater and 3 days hiking. The landscape is breathtaking.
“The Quilotoa is a dead volcano. Its crater is filled with water. We are 3900m high…”
The goal is to reach Huaraz (3000m), cycling for 3 weeks. It’s opposite the White Cordillera.
“The first few days are quite hard with a passage 3880m high. I can feel it in my muscles …”
Bertrand gets back into his routine of finding a place to stay at the end of each day. For Christmas, firemen offer to share their meal with him.
Finally comes the Peruvian border.
“January, Feberuary, March. Three months in the full winter season. There will be rain and temperate climate in the mountains. The coast will be dry with sun and wind. Here the seasons imply different climates depending on the location.”
He meets little vultures and lizards sunbathing along the road.
For his first night in Peru, Bertrand finds shelter in a Jehovah community. He sleeps in a little cabin with his hammock.
After a week, Bertrands takes a break at Mancora, a seaside resort. “Last swim and last beautiful sunset on the Pacific Ocean.”