Loc: before Montanita
Dist: 48,5 km
Start: 6:25 End: 17:00
Estimated landing: Machalilla
I slept well, watched by the guard on the bridge who’s duty was to take care that no unwanted ship was landing here. I cut across the bay on dead calm water and almost no wind, just by myself, no escort boat today. Boring, but in freedom and peace.
The water temperatures were a bit lower now out of the bay of Guayaquil, maybe around 25 degrees. Still nice and warm, but also a bit refreshing when I make my shirt wet.
I noticed that since the bay of Paita with those fat sea bears I have not seen any seal or dolphin or whale or penguin any more, don’t they like warmer water? I was sure the penguins would stop now to show up, but no dolphins? Actually quite boring also. It’s all about endurance now…at least tomorrow I’ll paddle closer to the coast again.
I was estimating to reach Manta in three days from Salinas, but it will be four days. The wind doesn’t help, and in the late afternoon it felt even like headwind again. So just about 50 km is enough until 5 pm. And it’s more than 120 km left to Manta.
The wide sandy beach between the two villages I am camping on looked bare of people before I was landing, but later now there is quite some promenading of people up and down – almost only European looking young people in Hippy style. Seems to be a popular holiday spot here…
The dress code is rasta hair, back pack, and the girls with (almost) bare ass in a string tanga. Well…I enjoy the view. I assume those backsides will be shown off more often coming to the Caribbean and Brazil…