Right now we are in Ecuador riding our motorcycles RTW ('round the world) and as you travel you come across some unique facts and Ecuador has a few hidden secrets.
Maybe you know the world isn't perfectly round, its often called an “oblate ellipsoid”: slightly flatter at the poles and bulgier at the equator than you’d expect.
That just happens to be where Chimborazo Volcano, the 30-somethingth highest mountain in the Andes and simultaneously is the highest point on Earth!
Yes due to the buldge of the earth around the equator and Chimborazo Volcano being almost on it, the Volcanos peak is the point fathest from the center of the earth and therefore closest to the sun, around 7000 feet closer than the summit of Everest is!
A few weeks back we were riding at 4400 meters in altitude or 14,435 feet, but in relative terms to Everest we were actually a few hundred feet closer to the sun than if we'd climbed Everest's summit...who'd have known!
Everest is the highest altitude on earth, Mauna Kea is the world's tallest mountain and Chimborazo is the highest point on the planet from the center of the earth.
...and if you'd like to take on a crazy record - there is one related to motorcycles and Chimborazo. Two riders set a new world record for riding motorcycles from sea level to the Earth's closest point to the sun, to the sea in a single day. Along the way they experienced a gain/loss in elevation of 56,678 feet.
To beat it you have to do it in less that 17 hours...and get special permission to ride as high as possible up Chimborazo from the Ecuadorian Government.
We opted out and just went to find a cold beer!