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05. Feb, 2012

Farewell to the Andes – moving memories

Farewell to the Andes – moving memories

After months of climbing up and down the Andes we have finally left the mammoth mountain range to head east across Venezuela’s plains. As way say farewell, we also look back on special moments and some incredible riding.

It has been an amazing experience from the first time we saw them as we cycled towards Mendoza in Argentina. We were so in awe we stopped to take countless photographs of the snow-topped peaks, only to end up a few days later snowed-in when the road to Santiago was closed. (more…)

24. Oct, 2011

Get me down from here: cycling at altitude

Get me down from here: cycling at altitude

I totally underestimated the difficulties of cycling at altitude, thinking that rising slowly on our bikes we would acclimatise easily. We’ve been pedalling at over 3400m for four weeks now though, and I’m still gasping for breath at the slightest exertion. As beautiful as it is high up in Peru, I can’t wait to get back down to sea level and oxygen.

Altitude sickness is a strange one. There is no rule as to who will suffer; you can be young or old, fit or sick. Whilst I continue to have problems, Paddy acclimatised well after a couple of days. We’ve met cyclists coming from Lima towards Bolivia who told us of being sick and suffering bad headaches, whilst others haven’t noticed it at all. (more…)

02. Oct, 2011

Breathless in Chile: Cycling Calama to Ollague

Breathless in Chile: Cycling Calama to Ollague

It took us a whopping four and a half days to cover 200km from Calama to Ollague, on the Bolivian border. We were slowed by the supplies we were carrying, the poor roads, the effects of climbing to 13,500ft and Paddy’s desire for an adventure.

As we left Calamaour bikes were the heaviest they’d ever been, loaded up with seven days of food and enough water to get us the long distances from one refuelling point to another. (more…)

18. Sep, 2011

Cycling the Atacama: Copiapo to Calama

Cycling the Atacama: Copiapo to Calama

After five nights in the tent and six days cycling through the Atacama Desert we made it from Copiapo to Antofagasta in time to celebrate my 30th birthday.

We’d been looking forward to this stretch of the trip, through the driest desert on Earth, since we sat at our kitchen table back in Peckham planning our route. From Copiapo we would head north through the desert and its stunning landscapes and starry skies towards Antofagasta on the Pacific coast. This was the first stretch of our time in Chile’s desert and we were both excited and prepared for some tough cycling.

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15. Sep, 2011

A video message from the Atacama Desert

A video message from the Atacama Desert