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

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

Rolling on La Ruta… Sin los Conquistadores: San Jose to Pavones, Costa Rica

1/7/16 San Jose, Costa Rica.   Central America seems to have a hold on me. I expected to pass through these countries within 2-3 months total. It’s been 4 and I’m still in Northern Costa Rica! Lots of bike technicals … Read More

No Bike on New Year’s: Being a Backpacker in Costa Rica

12/26/2015. Just outside of Montezuma, Costa Rica. I can’t believe it. Grounded yet again due to a major technical problem. That odd new grinding noise that began shortly before a very steep section of road on the Nicoya Peninsula followed … Read More

Nailed on the Nicoya: Rompiendo un Rohloff

12/17/2015. I landed in Liberia international airport in Northern Costa Rica from a restful, exciting, and unexpectedly long side trip to Colombia. The 5000’ elevation loss was significant to say the least, as I was drenched with sweat the moment … Read More

Cadence in Colombia: Kapauking the Andes

12/6/2015. The Ogresa is safely stowed at a local bike shop in Liberia, Costa Rica, awaiting much needed rim replacements. With my lady left in waiting, I headed to the Liberia airport for a flight to Medellin to connect with … Read More

T2, T3 and now T4! A reunion in San Juan del Sur

 11/16/2015. I rolled away from Hostal Zopilote on Ometepe Island early in the morning towards San Juan del Sur to stay with my old friend Tucker’s Dad, also named Tucker. It felt a little premature to leave Ometepe as I’d … Read More

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