Thursday, February 28, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Saturday, February 23, 2013
The picture in the last blog post was taken about 100 meters lower than the place a little off the road, actually that was unpaved as Garmin's Jill mentioned earlier on, where I free camped. Almost exactly 2'000 meters below the peak of Ecuador's highest mountain, the extinct Vulcano Chimborazo. And as I read, not only the highest point of Ecuador, the top of Chimbarozo with its 6'310 meters is also the point with the greatest distance to the center of the earth. Due to the earth's equatorial bulge that is.
...it was just for about 30 seconds or so, early morninig when I could see some of the giant, usually it looked like...
...that. By the way, did you notice, here in the middle of no-where, where it looks like you might imagine it looks on the moon, Jill, Garmin's Jill that is, is ready to navigate and she believes to be on a road, while the day before she was sure to be driving on an unpaved road. Mmmmh?
By now I have been descending to nearly sea-level again. Camping at the splendid Hosteria Islamar, where the Swiss-Ecuadorian couple have built a paradise. Don't miss it if you are road travelling on the Panamericana and spend a couple of days relaxing here. You can rent a bungalow, pitch a tent or vehicle camp here at several platforms high up on the rock across the island of Salango. There is WiFi and a restaurant as well.
Friday, February 22, 2013
...on Ecuador's roads the blue truck is breathing kind of heavy and its power is very limited, so is mine. The lack of the usual quantity of oxygen lets all physical activities become hard work, not just for my truck.
I have more than just one friend who suffered from altitude sickness when travelling at those kind of levels. For my US American blog readers, 4'200 meters are about 13'800 feet. In Ecuador you can drive on paved roads (Garmin thinks different about that pavement) up to over 16'400 feet (over 5'000 meters). So please prepare accordingly and stay safe. When you do not feel comfortable at the altitude you are at, the best advise is to descend to lower altitudes and take time to adjust accordingly. Don't forget it is kind of normal that your blood pressure rises too as you climb to higher levels, you may need to think about that should your blood pressure be an issue back down/home already.
CLICK HERE to read more about Altitude sickness, how to prevent an treat it. And enjoy being up there!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Sunday, February 17, 2013
One of the blue truck's travelling buddies is NOW FOR SALE!
And all that for a hard to beat price.
Check out all the details about the fully equipped Dino HERE.
Book a flight and...
...start your trip in South America in the coming summer.
It really isn't all that small - the truck is just kind of big.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Stop looking at yourself!
There is a lot more to observe.
This is a free ride...
The first pictures of the fantastic Galapagos Islands are on approach and some have landed on the blue truck's photo gallery. There are more to come soon.
Click here to enjoy a free ride to Ecuador's Galapagos Islands.
Monday, February 11, 2013
...bizarre desert landscapes...
...and many pictures of beautiful colonial cities.
You can find all that in the latest and freshly up-dated photo gallery of Colombia, from Medellín to Ipiales.
Click here for all those pictures.
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Yes, my trip brings me through Central and South America, where the majority of the worlds drugs are beeing produced and transported through. So you might think "...he just had to try some of that sh*# himself..." And I must admit...
...this view could very well be while on a totally different than a Panamerican Trip. Or as one of my co-workers said when I presented HQ's budget targets when I was running a company in the US "What are those guys smoking up-there? I want some of that stuff too!"
But no, all this psychedelic pictures have nothing to do with what I smoke, drink or consume otherwise, and no I did not get into drugs either. It is simply the last view through a waterproof compact camera shortly before it decided not to be waterproof any longer.
Come back soon to see on the coming Galapagos Photo Gallery what that camera saw a view minutes before it got high on saltwater and took this psychedelic shots instead of fishes, stingrays and turtles.
Monday, February 4, 2013
Did you look a little bit like that?
Wondering why there is no news on the blue truck blog for...
Or you've been thinking about...
....where to look?
Here is the answer:
For the past week the blue truck got a break and rested in Quito, while we took a flight off the mainland to an amazing site: The Galapagos Islands.
More pictures and stories about that experience will come up here soon. Stay tuned!