Bikepacking with Brendan Part 1: Pucon through the Huilo Huilo Reserve

2/6/2017. Pucon, Chile.  Leaving Pucon was a joy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s in a beautiful place and I met great people there. Just not my vibe. Too much hyper-wealthy tourism. Too many pre-packaged adventures. Not enough silence. So when … Read More

Getting the Lead Out: Santiago thru the Monkey Puzzle

1/12/17. Santiago, Chile.   Day 1: Leaving Santiago to San Fernando dump (148km) Riding away from Dalila’s home on a warm Santiago morning, I was filled with conflicting emotions. Although we’d agreed to meet up again further South, I knew … Read More

Atacama Alternate: Gravel Grinding San Pedro to Cafayate

12/2/2016 San Pedro de Atacama, Chile. 4 restful days in San Pedro were filled with great company, good beer, fresh food and gear restocking. While there I joined in on plans with a growing group of cyclists to rent a … Read More

Burning Across Bolivia Part 2: Scads of Salt Flats

11/21/2016 Sabaya, Bolivia. From my quiet perch in Sabaya I look out at the entrance to the Salar de Coipasa, an enormous salt flat here in Southwest Bolivia. It is the smaller and lesser-known sibling to the largest and famous … Read More

A Yaw into the Yungas: Inca Trails and Endless Climbs

 11/08/16 La Paz, Bolivia.   After a full week of city living in Bolivia’s dense capital, it was time to get back on the bike. My plan: ride a big loop down into the famously beautiful Yungas mountains and valley … 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

Southbound Soiree: A Band of Bikers Bound for the ‘Bamba

Cuenca, Ecuador. 7/6/16. I recall the magic of Cuenca in this moment from the perch of another grand colonial city in the Andes: La Paz, Bolivia. It’s been quite a Winter so far down South of the equator. Fantastic mountain … 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

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

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

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