Awoke 6am at Chilcabamba.
Lots of dreams – and waking up in the middle of them, typical of sleeping at altitude. Dreamt I’d jumped off my bike going down a very steep hill- had no brakes – awoke up in cold sweat.
Lay in bed 6-7am writing this diary.
Breakfast, lovely porridge and poached eggs and 5 cups of coffee.
Bob and Pete – stayed at Hacienda – 1 hr walk with dog.
The rest of the group went to hacienda El Porvenir, 20 mins bus in Cotopaxi National Park.
We were welcomed with cinnamon tea. Bought a “spiderman alpaca hat’ $12.
Had 10 mins of free wifi. Found out that Phil Mickelson had won the open golf Championship at Muirfield.
We all did different activities:
- Sue and Christine (and Amber) went horseriding
- Trekking – Ossy, wynne, john, eddie and chesh
- Mountain Biking – Andy, martin, nigel, matt and keith.
We had good bikes – 29 er mountain bikes. Tyres only half filled with air due to altitude and very rocky tracks / roads. Excellent suspension needed on bikes too.
Mountain biking – 2 hours on rough roads. Nigel and Matt set the pace up front. Martin not cycled for 15 years at back. I helped Martin pull through, whilst taking pictures of the beautiful scenery at the same time.
Ossy predicted 3 hour ride – we made it in 1hr 55 mins. Very tough on hills – due to cobbles roads and loose stones. Very out of breath.
We had some more cinnamon tea and then all headed back for lunch at Chilcabamba.
I again missed Ossy’s team briefing meeting about the next day.)
3-4 pm afternoon chat – Bob, John, Sue and wynne.
Read book for 1 hour on bed – Harlan Coben new novel “seconds away’.
Late afternoon, took some beautiful photos of a clear Cotopaxi mountain. It was a fantastic site to behold.
Packed for next day. Three hour hike to illiniza norte.
Learnt from John (via Ossy) that Cotopaxi means – ‘neck of the moon’.
Lovely dinner. Vegetable soup followed by steak and spaghetti. Sat next to Eddie and Matt – discussed Olympics drug cheats – proven and alleged.
Ossy had gone back to Quito to get our kit – helmets, crampons etc for the climbs to come.
Found out from Sue that Amber has visited 50 countries and speaks many languages including Russian.
Bed at 10-30pm.