Atacama Alternate: Gravel Grinding San Pedro to Calafate

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

Lingering in La Paz: Cycle House, Comraderie and One Big Mountain

10/30/16. La Paz, Bolivia. It’s been many a month since I’ve been to a real city. At 2.3 million residents, La Paz would likely be quick to send me scurrying back to the mountains, but I had some items to … Read More

Sorata Singletrack: A Short and Steep Detour

10/27/2017. Copacabana, Bolivia. One last look at the sweet, albeit touristy, lakeside town of Copacabana. After a couple of nights in town surrounded by gringos and griguettes, I craved pushing onward to the gems of Bolivia’s natural world. Next stop: … 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

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

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