Prepossessing Patagonia: Fjords, Rivers, Lakes, and Fitzroy!

3/5/2017. Cochrane, Chile. After riding Paso Roballos, a restful recovery night was well-earned. Now to continue onward, back on the Carretera Austral to it’s terminus in Villa O’Higgins, a few ferry crossings and some trail riding would hopefully bring me … Read More

Bikepacking with Brendan, Part 2: Puyehue!

 2/9/2017. Llica, Chile. I’d been traveling with Brendan James for 3 days so far. We’d laughed, spoken in strange accents to mask the frustration at non-existent trails, and on occasion even ridden our bikes. After our river fording and bike-dragging … Read More

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

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

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

Lingering in La Paz: Cycle House, Comraderie and One Big Mountain

10/30/16. La Paz, Bolivia. It’s been many a month since I’ve been to a real city. At 2.3 million residents, La Paz would likely be quick to send me scurrying back to the mountains, but I had some items to … Read More

Singletrack on Isla del Sol: Laguna Titicaca at it’s Finest

Copacabana, Bolivia. 10/25/2016. Having finally acquired legal entry into Bolivia, I decided to take advantage of my passport stamping detour to Copacabana and explore the trail around Isla del Sol. My now long-time bike adventure advisor Steve Garro had suggested … 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

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