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 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