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

Sorata Singletrack: A Short and Steep Detour

10/27/2017. Copacabana, Bolivia. One last look at the sweet, albeit touristy, lakeside town of Copacabana. After a couple of nights in town surrounded by gringos and griguettes, I craved pushing onward to the gems of Bolivia’s natural world. Next stop: … 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

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

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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