Buses galore to get to Riobamba, then football with the Ecuadorean streetkids!

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Honestly, who catches a bus before the sun is up ???

So who wants to wake up at 5:15 a.m., cĀ“mon put your hands up, I know you're out there.  The scary thing is that this is one of the better times to leave Black Sheep Inn, it's only on Fridays that they have a 6 a.m. bus, most other days you have to be at the end of the driveway at 3 or 4 a.m. (ouch!)  Of course you can throw money at the problem and get one of the locals to bring a truck along at a sensible time, which I might of considered at 3 a.m. but 6 a.m. seemed bearable.

So I joined the American Phil for a crazy morning of buses galore, first a cramped few hours on bumpy roads with both my backpacks crammed on to my lap somehow, which took us to Zumbahua.  Fortunately a bus was just leaving for Latacunga so we got on that one for another hour.

Like you haven't got a plume of smoke from an active volcano at the end of your street
  A quick stop at Latacunga then an hour bus to Ambato, and finally another bus and another hour to Riobamba (I did learn that you can watch a Schwarznegger movie in any language, but shamed my movie knowledge with the fact that I didn't recognise it :( )

After a quick glimpse of the plumes of smoke from the nearby active volcano (have I metioned that a few kilometres away near Banos Mt Tunguhrua erupted a few days ago) we began to accumulate friends we'd already met on the trail and lined up a dinner. 

Before dinner we headed up to a lookout to see if we could get any more views of the volcano, however on the way we see some streetkids playing football, that's like a red rag to a bull for me!  After we watched for a little while we managed to get invited to play in it was just brilliant.  These kids were damn good for their age too, so we had to foul them quite a bit (just kidding, just kidding).

Settled in for dinner in Simon Bolivar house with Mick (Blackburn, England), Inga (Belgium), Mark & Brooke (Oregon, USA) and Phil (Florida, USA).  Delicious food!

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