Trans Ecuador MTB Route Pt 2: Tumbaco to Guamote

6/19/16. Tumbaco, Ecuador. You wake up with sore throat and stuffy nose. Your cough seems better for those initial moments laying in your sleeping bag with the “bunker” in Quito’s casa de ciclistas, but that all changes when you stand … Read More

Trans-Ecuador Mountain Bike Route Part 1: The Border to Quito

 6/2/2016. Ipiales, Colombia. “Colombia is fantastic. Peru is amazing. I pretty much rushed through Ecuador.” Many travelers I’ve met, whether heading North or South through the Andes, state this same basic perspective. This being my first time in the area, … Read More

Colombia’s Top 40

Colombia, 2016. Having spent 3 fantastic months in Colombia, I thought I’d take a moment to remember some of the top images, places, and memories. Minimal words here. Just basic captions. Enjoy!  Capurganá. My first moment stepping foot in Colombia … Read More

Border Bound: Mocoa to Ipiales

5/24/16. Mocoa, Colombia. After a powerful 3 days in the jungle above Mocoa, it was time to push on toward the Ecuadorean border. My newfound bike parter Raimon had arrived into Mocoa just in time to join me for a … Read More

Zig-Zag through the Zona Cafetera: Manizales to Cali

5/1/2016 Manizales, Caldas, Colombia _____________________________________ Energized from some lovely connections in Manizales, I followed my gut and continued my sights South towards Cali, the salsa dance capital of South America. Of course it’s never about the goal. While Cali was … Read More

Momentos Magnificos en Manizales: The Purpose behind a Pause…

4/25/2016 Manizales, Caldas, Colombia. ________________________________________  Why do we travel? I see great variety in the apparent methods and motivations of my fellow tourists/travelers/journeyers. Along one spectrum lays the variation in activity: from timeless sprawls on white sand beaches to daily packed itineraries … Read More

Crossing the Cordilleras (again): Westward Ho to Parque Los Nevados!

4/17/2016 Villa de Leyva, Boyaca, Colombia. After a very odd few days in Villa de Leyva (see previous post), I gathered my stuff and pushed Westward again. My goal: the enormous peaks of Los Nevados National Park and the city … Read More

Coughing through the Cordillera Part 3: Laguna Negra to Villa de Leyva

4/7/16 Laguna Negra. Boyaca, Colombia.   I think this damn cold might actually be getting better. Still seem to be subject to regular coughing fits, but the frequency is dropping, and I feel totally well otherwise… So my technique of … Read More

Coughing through the Cordillera Part 2: Cocuy to Mongui

4/2/2016. El Cocuy. Boyaca, Colombia. After a solid rest day seemed to do exactly nothing for my pesky cough, I intelligently decided to continue dragging my lungs up and down daily 3-4000’ continuous climbs, varying both temperature and humidity enough … Read More

No es un MOTO??? Colombian Dirt Roads with a Celebrity

3/14/16 Girardota, Colombia. Just Northeast of the bustling metropolis of Medellin. Pedaling a stretch of pavement into Girardota to meet another cyclist friend, I noticed an iridescent shimmering on the road… a beautiful damselfly (I think?) lifelessly wavering in the … Read More

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