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

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

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

Meandering to Merriment in Mendoza: An Xmas Excursion

12/10/2016. Cafayate, Argentina. Two restful days in the wine-filled town of Cafayate refilled my energy wells (and perhaps my internal wine cellars), thus it was time to continue South to the grand meeting of meandering cyclists in Mendoza. With 1400 … 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 3: The Lagunas Route

11/24/2016 San Juan, Bolivia. I’m only 300km from the Chilean border! All that stands behind me and the last two countries to the South is an enormous amount of huge mountains, sandy roads, and among the highest UV indexes in … 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

Burning across Bolivia Part 1: La Paz to Sabaya

11/15/2016  La Paz, Bolivia. Okay. Enough of city life. Well, 2 days were truly enough for me, but errands and great new friends kept me here in La Paz a little longer than expected. Now heading for huge volcanos, enormous … 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

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