Once again, Latin America comes through with an amazing adventure!
Andres and Marco from Zona Xtrema met me at the airport in Guayaquil where we then took a crazy 2.5 hour bus ride (which was supposed to take 4 hours…) to Andres home in Manta!
There Andres family welcomed me in every way possible, providing a bed to sleep in, showers and his mom making some of the best food I ever had! Besides the food and lodging,
We spent most the days on the beach at the jumps, and most the nights laughing and having a few cerveza’s before bed.
All the locals were so awesome and very welcoming as well. Even unable to actually speak to most, we still managed to have jokes and laughs and become great friends!
The people I spent most my time with were kelvin, Marco, Adrian and Andres. These people along with many others, made sure my time in Manta was exciting at all times!!
Also during my stay, I got to meet and chat with the Mayor of Manta and the sports city official: both of which were super good to me and spoke proper English to me!
I think the only negative part of the trip was the amount of flat tires my bike had! Most of which were from all the little local kids sharing my bike hours a day! It was well worth it though. Seeing how excited they were, and one of them learning no foot cans on my bike one day!
So I guess even the flats weren’t negative!
I wanna give a huge thanks to Marco at Zona Xtrema for making this entire trip actually happen! And for his non stop efforts to build bmx in Ecuador!
Big thanks to Andres and his mom, dad, brother and sister for everything they did for me and provided me!
So much thanks to them!
All the locals who took me in as a friend and shared laughs and good times!
And the city officials I Manta for so much support!
Thanks and I look forward to swing you all again ASAP!!