Bikepacking with Brendan Part 1: Pucon through the Huilo Huilo Reserve

2/6/2017. Pucon, Chile.  Leaving Pucon was a joy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s in a beautiful place and I met great people there. Just not my vibe. Too much hyper-wealthy tourism. Too many pre-packaged adventures. Not enough silence. So when … Read More

Digging into Peruvian Dirt: Cajamarca to Huaraz

7/24/2016. Cajamarca, Peru. I’d been riding within Peru for around 2 weeks, and despite the famed dirt routes throughout the country most of my riding thus far had been on paved roads. It was at last time to shift the … Read More

Getting the Lead Out: Santiago thru the Monkey Puzzle

1/12/17. Santiago, Chile.   Day 1: Leaving Santiago to San Fernando dump (148km) Riding away from Dalila’s home on a warm Santiago morning, I was filled with conflicting emotions. Although we’d agreed to meet up again further South, I knew … Read More

Bringing in the New Year Urban Style: Samson in Santiago

12/30/2016. Santiago, Chile. NOTE: This is another one of my process-y and highly personal posts. Not a lot of bike riding or amazing scenic places. More about contrasts. Between wild nature and metropolitan density. Between solitude and intimacy. Between self-sufficiency … Read More

Meandering to Merriment in Mendoza: An Xmas Excursion

12/10/2016. Cafayate, Argentina. Two restful days in the wine-filled town of Cafayate refilled my energy wells (and perhaps my internal wine cellars), thus it was time to continue South to the grand meeting of meandering cyclists in Mendoza. With 1400 … Read More

Atacama Alternate: Gravel Grinding San Pedro to Cafayate

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 3: The Lagunas Route

11/24/2016 San Juan, Bolivia. I’m only 300km from the Chilean border! All that stands behind me and the last two countries to the South is an enormous amount of huge mountains, sandy roads, and among the highest UV indexes in … 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

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