Holey hell we had a great day. We left Cuenca , a town at 7000′ elevation and rode up to national alpine park at 13,000′ on dirt then down toward pacific coast where we r at sea level now. On way up we were stuck behind a christmas parade to small village where they had big procession of costumed kids do a nativity thing and they gave us and all passersby a snack bag of goodies. To the top was beauty windswept pass. On way down we stumbled upon some hotsprings and had a soak. Once we hit coastal highway the bliss turned to shit as we were battling a long line of trucks heading south on highway. All good fun tho.