freedombikerental.com/ For many, motorcycling is the ideal way to explore a new country. No other means of transportation can get you so deeply immersed into the landscapes, the wildlife, and the local culture. Adventure riding on a motorcycle profoundly connects you with your surroundings - the aromas, local color, vistas, road surfaces and weather can't be ignored. This total enthrallment and connection is what many bikers crave.
Motorcyclists have recently become intrigued by Ecuador. It’s a nation with a rich cultural history, having been one of the first Latin American nations to win independence from Spain, and a place where traditions and customs dating back to the pre-Colombian era are still practiced with reverence in agrarian villages and remote mountain hamlets. Three distinct regions or “worlds” are connected by one of the continent's most modern highway system. Ecuador provides some of the most unforgettable motorcycle riding in the world.
When we ride into a small Andean village on market day, for example, we become part of the scene. We mingle directly with the villagers instead of passively looking through a car window. We are right there with them - outside - where interaction happens with a smile, a question, a comment--and the sense of connection and belongingness settles in.
Throughout our motorcycle tours, we take great joy in introducing our riders to the Ecuadorian villages and friends we have become acquainted with over the years and to watch as they discover the unique charms and peronality of each. We meet people from many different walks of life – from artisanal brick-makers, to moonshine distillers, to fishermen, to subsistence farmers high in the Andes. It's the people that we meet on each ride that sets it apart. They are gentle and kind and family life is of utmost importance – it is common to see three generations together – children, parents and grandchildren. Children are cherished and education is a high priority. Pack for a Purpose helps us make even more connections with the children in the communities we visit. [photo B]
Pack for a Purpose has now transformed each and every one of our motorcycle tours into a “Ride for a Purpose.“ It gives all of our riders the opportunity to give back to the communities that make our motorcycle tours so special. We bring school supplies to kids and teachers who are in desperate need.
Although Ecuador's public school system is free to all children, and recent educational reforms have increased school funds, the cost of school supplies and uniforms must be paid for by parents. For many children in the impoverished rural, isolated communities that we ride through, education may be sacrificed when parents cannot afford these necessities. Since starting with Pack for a Purpose in August, our customers have brought in over 58 kilograms of school supplies. The participation and support has already begun to make a big impact!
When Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental discovered Pack for a Purpose, we knew it was a perfect combination and an exciting way for us to make direct and meaningful contributions to our favorite communiites and villages. And what a great time it is for everyone involved!
Many of the schools we visit along our tours are located on dirt roads that are hours away from paved roads and cellular phone signals. The schools are simple, one or two- room schools handling up to 60 kids aged 6-13. They can only be reached by off-road capable 4X4 vehicles or with dual-sport motorcycles. In these parts of the country, visitors are extremely rare.
When we rumble into a school yard riding nine or ten late model adventure-ready motorcycles, the children look up from their desks in astonishment! They can barely contain their excitement when we walk into the classroom and greet us with a grand “Buenos dias!” all in unison
Packing for a motorcycle trip takes a lot of planning. Especially in a country like Ecuador, where we ride in several climatic zones that can change throughout the day. Temperatures can range from 100 degrees on the coast to the low 30's in the higher elevations. On our bikes, we need to carry different layers of clothing needed for sudden change in weather or altitude. In addition., we need to carry tools and supplies in case of an emergency. It all needs to pack neatly into a saddlebag or hard pannier and be carried on our bikes. Knowing what to pack in advance is critical for a smooth trip.
Pack for a Purpose lets our customrers know exactly what is most needed by the schools and communities that we visit so that we can make the most of the precious cargo space on the bikes. We carry several pounds of school supplies on each of our tours. Delivering soccer balls, flash cards, educational games, pencils, crayons and paints to the kids directly. It gives us a chance to bring to life the Pack for a Purpose motto: “Small Space. Big Impact”