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Thursday September 22, 2016
OMG, where has the time flown?? THANK YOU to the kind souls who have enquired about our well-being because a week has gone by without a Blog!! This is the first time such a time lapse has occurred and I honestly didn’t even realize that it was such a long time!
The fact is, is that I haven’t done anything very exciting other than shopping, or going to the bank, and I don’t take the camera on those outings usually.
We have been sticking very close to home, being very lazy, up too early with the dogs, so long naps in the afternoon are needed to recuperate. I also have been very much into the World Hockey Championship (Canada is leading the pack), watching 1 or 2 games per day and reveling in the success of my Oiler players like McDavid and Draisaitl. International hockey, with the best players from multiple countries, is 10 times better to watch than anything else.
We even had delightful company for lunch yesterday and we were so engrossed in conversation that the camera wasn’t even a thought. Lo siento.
Also this week has been very stressful with the realization that we need to start again from square one to get proper end-of-life documentation…
I do promise to be more active in coming days. I am excited that I should be getting my new Panasonic Lumix ZS60 sometime tomorrow… It is the only pocket camera that I could find that takes photos in RAW format, has a viewfinder, 18mp, and a 30X zoom… What an incredible package (but not cheap…)!
I also will be doing some gratis photography for charity and am beginning to get requests for custom work. Things are looking up.
Thursday is almost a guaranteed day for photos because of the weekly ride with the Herederos del Pasado de Cuenca, which I hate to miss. The only frustrating part is the long wait before departure. They ask to meet at 7:30, but don’t leave until 8:30 most nights. Tonight we were headed again to Llacao (the same ride that got rained out last week) but they decide to do a tour of El Centro first, then some bikers had problems (got lost, I don’t know??), so we hadn’t even passed Monay and it was already 9:30… But the ride to Llacao is nice even though we did not go up to Table Mountain above it for the spectacular views because of darkness and gravel bumpy roads. At one point, I think we had 14 bikes tonight, including some folks who saw us on Remigio Crespo and asked if they could join in the ride.
There were futbol matches underway in the square next to the church and family matches in the surrounding flat areas. It is amazing to see the incredible skill levels of the children!
I hope you enjoy the photos. That was the day's excitement, Cheers, Al
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|Ernesto's gorgeous Royal Enfield (500cc)|
|Great place to meet every week.|
|More bikes to come yet|
|Love this location|
|Todos Santos (All Saints) church|
|Gotta take this shot every week|
|Different angle on the Puente Roto (Broken Bridge)|
|Rio Tomebamba is low again|
|Lots of couples meeting along the banks|
|The bridge below the Escalinata|
|OK, one last Todos Santos shot...|
|Dr Juan's Vespa|
|The owner of this bike is the President of another group|
|Getting closer to departure time|
|Gotta love those beautiful arches|
|The line-up is almost complete|
|Posing with the Royal Enfield|
|These are now made in India|
|Funny angle with depth of field|
|Almost 9:30 and just getting to the real ride|
|Stopping in Llacao|
|Neighbourhood futbol matches in progress|
|The stop is usually 30-45 minutes|
|The view from the town is not as spectacular as from the mountain above it|
|Spectators for the futbol match|
|Kids playing on their own|
|Most of the group on this ride|
|Ernesto takes lots of photos too, and he likes selfies|
|Artsy-fartsy shot of lit-up tree|