PERU Part 2 #andTom

Less than halfway through the country and I feel the pulse of the air around me, from the lowlands with humidity, higher population, palm trees, heat and sugar cane, to the constant honking horns in chaotic towns of any elevation. The mountains with reserved, sometimes isolated, kind people, alluvial rock layers exposed in through-cuts of … Continue reading PERU Part 2 #andTom

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Ecuador Ends, Peru Begins

ECUADOR Ends- PERU begins. I wasn’t sure I got the translation right when Sylvia said "No charge” in Spanish. But then she said “Buenviaje!” And wanted to take a picture with me. I was at Sol de Verano brewery outside of Vilcamaba. I almost passed the restaurant because I thought it might be ‘touristy’. I … Continue reading Ecuador Ends, Peru Begins

ECUADOR Part 1 NUTS AND BOLTS = Distances + Vertical Feet.

Disclaimer: I used the app MapOut (and sometimes my variably reliable memory) to record our rides, and although it’s an impressive and useful app, I think it sometimes overestimates amount of uphill ridden. There’s no way to assess or rectify this (or enough interest or time) so I’m just putting down what it recorded and … Continue reading ECUADOR Part 1 NUTS AND BOLTS = Distances + Vertical Feet.

You’re not supposed to have a favorite child but mine is Colombia

I needed time to digest all that happened there and now that I'm two countries past I can put words to it. It was magical. and more than I ever could have imagined or hoped for, not only because it’s the second most ecologically diverse country in the world (behind Brazil which is 7 times … Continue reading You’re not supposed to have a favorite child but mine is Colombia