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

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

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

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

Convergence in Cuenca

 Cuenca, Ecuador.  7/2/16 Having spent the last few weeks trudging through some of the most challenging conditions in South America thus far, I had finally arrived at my next intended (and well-earned) resting point, the gorgeous colonial city of Cuenca. … Read More

Trans-Ecuador MTB Route Part 3: The Incas did NOT Mountain Bike

6/27/16. Guamote, Ecuador. … In fact the Incan empire, for how amazingly advanced it was on so many levels, remained remiss in utilizing two fundamental architectural/design developments quite common by it’s heyday: keystone bridges and wheels. They overcame the lack of stone … Read More

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

A Time in Tumbaco

6/10/14 Tumbaco, Ecuador. After riding the first section of the Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route from the Colombian border, I’d reached the suburbs of Quito, my first major metropolitan area in many weeks. I’d planned to spend a few days … Read More

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