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

Rolling on La Ruta… Sin los Conquistadores: San Jose to Pavones, Costa Rica

1/7/16 San Jose, Costa Rica.   Central America seems to have a hold on me. I expected to pass through these countries within 2-3 months total. It’s been 4 and I’m still in Northern Costa Rica! Lots of bike technicals … Read More

No Bike on New Year’s: Being a Backpacker in Costa Rica

12/26/2015. Just outside of Montezuma, Costa Rica. I can’t believe it. Grounded yet again due to a major technical problem. That odd new grinding noise that began shortly before a very steep section of road on the Nicoya Peninsula followed … Read More

Nailed on the Nicoya: Rompiendo un Rohloff

12/17/2015. I landed in Liberia international airport in Northern Costa Rica from a restful, exciting, and unexpectedly long side trip to Colombia. The 5000’ elevation loss was significant to say the least, as I was drenched with sweat the moment … Read More

Cadence in Colombia: Kapauking the Andes

12/6/2015. The Ogresa is safely stowed at a local bike shop in Liberia, Costa Rica, awaiting much needed rim replacements. With my lady left in waiting, I headed to the Liberia airport for a flight to Medellin to connect with … Read More

Liberia Liberation: Going Down to get Up, in the Air!

12/2/2015. Over 2 weeks spent basking in the sunny comforts of San Juan del Sur, it was time to keep moving. Not only because I longed for the road, but also to do the unthinkable: get on an airplane. Many … Read More

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