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
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 2: THE GREAT ALONE On July 25, my riding buddy Sharat rode his last day solo. Since his first day riding in Ecuador was solo, It seemed somewhat fitting for him to go on a last solo mission to see Chimborazo before returning to Germany. We said our farewells on a happy friendly … Continue reading Ecuador Part 2: The Great Alone
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.
In the morning of July 6, I went looking for my usual cloudy day resupply of chocolate milk and cake and couldn't even find a mini market that was open in Tulcán. I settle for mediocre snacks as I wearily climb the gravel up into the El Angel Reserve. It's cold and raining but when … Continue reading Ecuador Part 1: It’s a Party.
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
Staring at this while eating ajiaco soup =bliss My Airbnb courtyard Sergio and family treat me to a juice with them and the obligatory group selfie This was a fun story. Daniel and his wife and son were on a road trip and the first time they passed gave huge thumbs-up as I was climbing … Continue reading Colombia in Photos