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

Border Bound: Mocoa to Ipiales

5/24/16. Mocoa, Colombia. After a powerful 3 days in the jungle above Mocoa, it was time to push on toward the Ecuadorean border. My newfound bike parter Raimon had arrived into Mocoa just in time to join me for a … Read More

Eye-2-K: Failed LASIK, Salsa, and Brotherhood in Cali

5/5/2016 Cali, Colombia. Two goals lay before me somewhere down in that enormous sprawling urban monstrosity: Get LASIK eye surgery and learn some new salsa moves. In reference to the first one, I’d been told LASIK surgery had originated in … Read More

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

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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