We packed our motorcycles and left Montanita and the beach
We had rented a room in an apartment in the northern part Guayaquil, not because we wanted to visit Guayaquil, but because Esbens computer was getting really sick and shutting down all the time. Without Esbens computer we would not be able to edit our pictures for the blog, and without any pictures the blog would be really boring. Esben had found a Lenovo service center, and we hoped that they could help.
On the way to Guayaquil I had to fix my headset. I only had sound in the right side of the helmet, and going 55 miles an hour on the freeway, I was having a hard time hearing Esben. During lunch I look the helmet apart, and luckily it was just a plug that had come apart, so it was easy to put it together again.
Not even after 2 weeks of relaxing in Montanita could rise our joy for travelling on the motorcycles. Esben was feeling better, but just after one day of riding he felt tired again. We knew that something had to be done if we wanted to continue our adventure. We felt that we have tried pretty much everything on this trip to make sure that Esben could get enough relaxation and sleep, but still is was only enough to survive. We didn’t have any more energy for new adventures. So we took the decision to put up the motorcycles for sale. We used half a day just finding the right pictures, writing an informal text and posting the sales add all relevant places online. We also visited the Lenovo service center, but they didn’t have the spare part (a new motherboard) for Esbens computer, because it was to old (1.5 yesrs!!). We left with the computer, and the service center would be in touch when they got the spare part.
In the mean time we spend time at the apartment, were we had rented a room on Airbnb. The apartment was in a closed community and we could use the pool and a small gym. Trying to exercise and eat healthy to built up energy for new adventures.
Going for a walk in the community, where a snail was enjoying the sprinklers
We had good response on the sales add for the motorcycles, but we had one condition, which was that we wanted to sell them as a pair. Trying to find two different people from two different countries, and were could we meet, it was just really hard. Then others were interested in buying them in December 2017 or January 2018, and in the situation we were in, we didn’t wanted to spend 3 months more travelling on the motorcycles. At the end we were contacted by a company called ADV Factory, who offered to buy the motorcycles in Santiago de Chile. They would pay us 6000 USD and include 3 weeks rental of two motorcycles in Central Asia. We accepted the offer.
Still having some days left in the apartment, and we were waiting to hear from the Lenovo service center, we spend time on planning the ride from Guayaquil, Ecuador to Santiago, Chile. We had to drive 5000 km, and we estimated that we could do 500 km a day, which is 10 days, but we also had two border crossings, so we added two extra days. In total 12 days and went grocery shopping for the next 10-12 days.
So much bread – so many choices
We never heard from the Lenovo service center, so all that was left, was to pack everything on the motorcycles for the last time
I took us 16 minutes to put all the luggage on the motorcycles, after all the bags were already packed (the upper picture) – but we speeded the work up for you, enjoy!
We were ready to leave Guayaquil – I know what you are thinking… “Didn’t they visit Guayaquil at all?” Yes, we did… huge celebrations was going on in Guayaquil, because they were celebrating Independence (9th of October) and Dia de la Raza (12th of October). We spend one day in Guayaquil – read more about it in the next post, before we head out on the 5000 km to Santiago de Chile.