Dashing Around Danger: Cali to Mocoa

5/17/2016 Cali, Colombia. The time has come. I must push on from Cali after two wonderful weeks here. The plan: cross the central Andean mountains yet again to check out some remote archeological sites, then head South to a small … Read More

Eye-2-K: Failed LASIK, Salsa, and Brotherhood in Cali

5/5/2016 Cali, Colombia. Two goals lay before me somewhere down in that enormous sprawling urban monstrosity: Get LASIK eye surgery and learn some new salsa moves. In reference to the first one, I’d been told LASIK surgery had originated in … 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 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

Coughing through the Cordillera Part 1: Zapatoca to Cocuy

3/24/16 Zapatoca, Colombia.   I seem to have acquired a little sore throat and cough during a short stop off here in Zapatoca. Taking a rest day to get well seemed to do little more than establish the intensity of … Read More

Setting the Tone for South America: Capurgana to Girardota

3/8/16 Capurgana, Colombia. At long… long last, I have arrived in South America. Words cannot convey the excitement I feel about this piece of land. Somehow it seems that all I’ve ridden, all I’ve experienced, all I’ve learned, has been … Read More

Crossing to Colombia: By land, sea, land, sea, etc.

3/2/2016 Panama City.   My last day in Panama City (I HOPED!). After spending weeks longer here than I expected, I finally had a moderately reliable plan for how to get on with the journey South, to enter Colombia. Having … Read More

Deciding the Darien Gap — To Ride or not to Ride?

1/25/2016   Panama City, Panama. “So… How are you planning to cross the Darien???” This question has been repeated countless times both by friends, family, other cyclists and locals alike (never mind the broken record in my own head). For … Read More

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