Bikepacking with Brendan, Part 3: Volcan Osorno

2/13/17. Entre Lagos, Chile. Brendan and I had just descended from the fantastically challenging experience of the Puyehue Traverse, and noticed the next potential debacle in our sights: Volcan Osorno. Given our track record of drastically underestimating the terrain challenges … 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

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

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

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

Pervading Peru’s Central Altiplano: Huancayo to Curahuasi

 9/6/2016 Huancayo, Peru. I reached Huancayo 4 days ago after an intense 12-day frenzy. Some rest days were long overdue, as I was feeling my joy for the road overpowered by the challenges of extreme altitude, cold, and overexertion. High … 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

A Walk in the Huayhuash: 9 days in the Peruvian Andes

Huaraz, Peru. 8/6/16 (Note: this is a republish of this post which I originally posted many months back. In interest of keeping the chronology of the blog I reposted it in order with the others. ) I’ve not written a … Read More

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