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

On Fear, Anxiety, Paralysis and Integrity

4/13/2016 Villa de Leyva, Boyaca, Colombia. Note: This is one of those internal process posts. If you’re looking to see amazing vistas and hear stories of the road, please skip ahead to the next post! Ricocheting through the rocky roads … 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

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

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

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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