I’ve been looking forward to meet the Ellises, bikepackers from Alaska, since they landed in Colombia. But they ride past the country while we, as expected, went west to east and back again. Eventually, we did go south but not until after renewing our visa and realizing we’re still halfway to the Ecuadorian border. A hurried ride to Ecuador will make it possible but then that’s not how we travel in general. The possibility became slim to meet these folks who’ve been our virtual friends, chatting over the internet sharing bits and pieces of our respective rides.
Fast forward three months after, we are all carefully examining the same map planning our route around Volcan Cotopaxi. The goal is to get our feet wet so to speak with the TEMBR route created by the Dammer brothers(more on them on my next post). We rarely meet bikepackers so when their plan to go around Cotopaxi coincide with our plan to ride/push on the eastern side, we jump at the opportunity to share the trail with these folks albeit just for several days.