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03. Sep, 2011

Wimps into the wild?

Wimps into the wild?

Before we started our trip, wild camping was one of the things we were most looking forward to. But so far we have spent less than ten per cent of our nights in a tent, which leaves us wondering if we are lacking a true adventerous spirit.

So far we’ve really enjoyed the camping we have done. The tasks are simple; find somewhere secure, level and hidden; put up the tent; cook some pasta, and soon after it gets dark, climb into our sleeping bags with a book, before falling into a deep sleep. In the morning we wake up to stunning views, pack up the tent and pedal off. (more…)

07. Jul, 2011

Three countries in one day

Three countries in one day

Saying goodbye to Paraguay was hard. It had thrown us some curve-balls, like falling off and losing a bag, but had supplied some amazing roads and friendly locals.

So it was with mixed feelings that we set out over the bridge which separates Paraguay and Argentina, through which we would pedal to Salto in Uruguay. (more…)

06. Jul, 2011

Winter arrives in South America

Winter arrives in South America

We knew that our route would take us straight through the heart of South America’s winter, but it shocked us by arriving abruptly and with force.

It was 34 degrees in Asuncion when we went shopping to replace Paddy’s lost clothes, so we picked out relevant replacements. Trousers and waterproofs were ordered from the UK to collect in two weeks time from Uruguay. With no immediate need for these items, it seemed an excellent plan. (more…)

19. Jun, 2011

The bumpy road to Asuncion

The bumpy road to Asuncion

It was supposed to be a  simple 330km to Asuncion, along one straight road from Ciudad del Este which cuts Paraguay in half. How wrong we were, for we hadn’t anticipated the bumps.

Generally, the road is in good condition with a hard shoulder. For long stretches along the shoulder though, there are speed bumps every 100m, which throw the bike in the air with a bang, bang, bump. It was these bumps which were to bite us. (more…)