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

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

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

Colombia’s Top 40

Colombia, 2016. Having spent 3 fantastic months in Colombia, I thought I’d take a moment to remember some of the top images, places, and memories. Minimal words here. Just basic captions. Enjoy!  Capurganá. My first moment stepping foot in Colombia … 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

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

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

Coughing through the Cordillera Part 3: Laguna Negra to Villa de Leyva

4/7/16 Laguna Negra. Boyaca, Colombia.   I think this damn cold might actually be getting better. Still seem to be subject to regular coughing fits, but the frequency is dropping, and I feel totally well otherwise… So my technique of … Read More

No es un MOTO??? Colombian Dirt Roads with a Celebrity

3/14/16 Girardota, Colombia. Just Northeast of the bustling metropolis of Medellin. Pedaling a stretch of pavement into Girardota to meet another cyclist friend, I noticed an iridescent shimmering on the road… a beautiful damselfly (I think?) lifelessly wavering in the … Read More

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