Sunday, September 25, 2011

Back to the equator

After a tiring trip back to Quito Ecuador, we decided to spend a couple of days resting and touring around on the iron pony some more. We rode up to the celebrated monument of Mitad del Mundo where the equator lies and has been marked with a vivid yellow line. On this day of the Equinox, September 23rd, Quito is the nearest possible community to the sun.

Jordan straddling 2 hemispheres at Mitad del Mundo

The setting around the monument represents a small indigenous village that identified the line over a hundred years ago, before the Global Positioning System (GPS). However in more recent years, with the advent of the satellite generated GPS, it was determined that the real equator lies 240 m away, a 10-minute walk. But no one pays much attention to the latter.

Fully restored, we then rode Ruby, our trusty motorcycle, back to Puerto Amistad.

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