Leaving Baños and Riobamba
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Having confidently predicted that the one-day strike in Baños wouldn´t affect me because it was only one-day (and not the day I wanted to leave), I learnt a little about strikes here. Namely that they are not always as short as hoped for!
Leaving Baños thus became a bit of a nightmare as the roads were shut on both ways out of the town, and it turned out that my plan of ´walk a little bit beyond the blockade and catch a bus from there` wasn´t my best ever as there was a further blockade 8km up the road and it was only possible to catch buses after that. And this wasn´t just any road - it was through some really rough terain very close to the volcano with big signs warning you of the danger of falling rocks and ash. And carrying a large backpack, and being on the first really hot day since I´d arrived, this was not looking like much fun.
Anyway, the reason to leave Baños was to go to Riobamba to catch the famous train south. Riobamba itself was small given it was meant to be the provincial capital, with little to do, and although nice enough for an afternoon I wouldn´t have wanted to stay much longer!