Bolivian Border Ball Busting: How NOT to do it…

10/22/2016. Huancané, Peru.   Crossing international borders by bike has perhaps obviously been a pattern of mine over the last couple of years. Each crossing has its own unique flavor and is more or less memorable depending on the details … Read More

Shall I Meet You, Machu Picchu?: The Sacred Valley Shuffle

9/19/2016. Curahuasi, Peru.  Let the sufferfest begin! Sure, I could elect to take the direct route to Cusco from my current perch in Curahuasi. It would only be a day’s ride, a mere 125km on smooth pavement… But that’s just not … Read More

Peruvian Playland Pt 2: Huaraz to Huancayo

8/19/16 Huaraz, Peru.  I’d been in Huaraz for 3 weeks. It’d been a fantastic stop filled with mountain biking, trekking, good friends and much needed repairs. But the itch returned and I’m really excited for this next section of dirt … 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

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 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

Trans Ecuador MTB Route Pt 2: Tumbaco to Guamote

6/19/16. Tumbaco, Ecuador. You wake up with sore throat and stuffy nose. Your cough seems better for those initial moments laying in your sleeping bag with the “bunker” in Quito’s casa de ciclistas, but that all changes when you stand … 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

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