A push into the New Year (or how not to cross a river)

As the new year began, it was only fitting that we tried something a little bit different. Having spent the past month dealing with setbacks, we decided to try and get back on track with a little adventure route.
Originally planning on crossing over Paso Vergara, we were disappointed to discover that it was still closed due to heavy snowfall this year. Instead we decided to tackle a small circuit near the pass that involved a large river crossing and a small hike-a-bike. Unfortunately, things didn’t go according to plan.
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Rain gets real (Cuena to Loja)

I thought I knew mud and rain, but my ride from Cuenca down to Loja was a revelation as to how bad these elements could be. I read a rough outline of part of this route which is accompanied by some great photos.
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