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

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

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

Crossing the Cordilleras (again): Westward Ho to Parque Los Nevados!

4/17/2016 Villa de Leyva, Boyaca, Colombia. After a very odd few days in Villa de Leyva (see previous post), I gathered my stuff and pushed Westward again. My goal: the enormous peaks of Los Nevados National Park and the city … Read More

Coughing through the Cordillera Part 3: Laguna Negra to Villa de Leyva

4/7/16 Laguna Negra. Boyaca, Colombia.   I think this damn cold might actually be getting better. Still seem to be subject to regular coughing fits, but the frequency is dropping, and I feel totally well otherwise… So my technique of … 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

Coughing through the Cordillera Part 1: Zapatoca to Cocuy

3/24/16 Zapatoca, Colombia.   I seem to have acquired a little sore throat and cough during a short stop off here in Zapatoca. Taking a rest day to get well seemed to do little more than establish the intensity of … 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

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