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

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

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

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

Dashing Around Danger: Cali to Mocoa

5/17/2016 Cali, Colombia. The time has come. I must push on from Cali after two wonderful weeks here. The plan: cross the central Andean mountains yet again to check out some remote archeological sites, then head South to a small … 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

Zig-Zag through the Zona Cafetera: Manizales to Cali

5/1/2016 Manizales, Caldas, Colombia _____________________________________ Energized from some lovely connections in Manizales, I followed my gut and continued my sights South towards Cali, the salsa dance capital of South America. Of course it’s never about the goal. While Cali was … 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

On Fear, Anxiety, Paralysis and Integrity

4/13/2016 Villa de Leyva, Boyaca, Colombia. Note: This is one of those internal process posts. If you’re looking to see amazing vistas and hear stories of the road, please skip ahead to the next post! Ricocheting through the rocky roads … Read More

Coughing through the Cordillera Part 2: Cocuy to Mongui

4/2/2016. El Cocuy. Boyaca, Colombia. After a solid rest day seemed to do exactly nothing for my pesky cough, I intelligently decided to continue dragging my lungs up and down daily 3-4000’ continuous climbs, varying both temperature and humidity enough … Read More

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