Sorata Singletrack: A Short and Steep Detour

10/27/2017. Copacabana, Bolivia. One last look at the sweet, albeit touristy, lakeside town of Copacabana. After a couple of nights in town surrounded by gringos and griguettes, I craved pushing onward to the gems of Bolivia’s natural world. Next stop: … Read More

Singletrack on Isla del Sol: Laguna Titicaca at it’s Finest

Copacabana, Bolivia. 10/25/2016. Having finally acquired legal entry into Bolivia, I decided to take advantage of my passport stamping detour to Copacabana and explore the trail around Isla del Sol. My now long-time bike adventure advisor Steve Garro had suggested … Read More

Bolivian Border Ball Busting: How NOT to do it…

10/22/2016. Huancané, Peru.   Crossing international borders by bike has perhaps obviously been a pattern of mine over the last couple of years. Each crossing has its own unique flavor and is more or less memorable depending on the details … Read More

Plummeting down Peru: Ausangate Traverse, Titicaca, and Passport Issues

Cusco, Peru. 10/15/16. I’ve been in Cusco long enough. It’s really a wonderful city in a fantastic area, and I am certain I will be back sooner than later. Great food, warm and welcoming Peruvian culture, strong biking culture, fantastic single track, … Read More

Crossroads in Cusco…

Cusco, Peru. 9/29/16. I arrived in Cusco by trail yesterday afternoon. Landing in a dense urban environment is alway jarring after long stretches in the calm of wilderness and small villages, but with cities comes the ability to replenish certain resources than run … Read More

Shall I Meet You, Machu Picchu?: The Sacred Valley Shuffle

9/19/2016. Curahuasi, Peru.  Let the sufferfest begin! Sure, I could elect to take the direct route to Cusco from my current perch in Curahuasi. It would only be a day’s ride, a mere 125km on smooth pavement… But that’s just not … Read More

Pervading Peru’s Central Altiplano: Huancayo to Curahuasi

 9/6/2016 Huancayo, Peru. I reached Huancayo 4 days ago after an intense 12-day frenzy. Some rest days were long overdue, as I was feeling my joy for the road overpowered by the challenges of extreme altitude, cold, and overexertion. High … Read More

A Walk in the Huayhuash: 9 days in the Peruvian Andes

Huaraz, Peru. 8/6/16 (Note: this is a republish of this post which I originally posted many months back. In interest of keeping the chronology of the blog I reposted it in order with the others. ) I’ve not written a … Read More

Digging into Peruvian Dirt: Cajamarca to Huaraz

7/24/2016. Cajamarca, Peru. I’d been riding within Peru for around 2 weeks, and despite the famed dirt routes throughout the country most of my riding thus far had been on paved roads. It was at last time to shift the … Read More

Permeating Peru! Border Crossing to Cajamarca

7/11/16. Vilcabamba, Ecuador. Waking up from my tranquil riverside abode at the Rumiwilco campground in Vilcabamba, it was hard to motivate. I’d had 3 fantastic days there, including a sweet 40th birthday celebration (see previous post). But at long last it … Read More

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