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02. Jul, 2012

20,000km the stats

20,000km the stats

We reached 20,000km just south of Salvador on the Brazilian coast. Idyllic sounding, it was actually the rainiest day of our cycle trip around South America so far, and we only stopped for a few minutes to celebrate before getting back in the saddle for a day thinking about moments from the road.

It seems a long time since we marked 10,000km in the Sechuara Desert, Peru. Since then we’ve climbed many a long, steep road through the Andes in Ecuador and Colombia; explored the lost world of the Gran Sabana in Venezuela; traversed the oft-forgotten Guyanas, three countries unique and removed from the continent they sit in; and, now, we find ourselves back in Brazil, crossing this huge country where our journey started and, very shortly, will finish too. (more…)

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…)

06. Dec, 2011

Escorts and milestones: Trujillo to Ecuador, via the coast

Escorts and milestones: Trujillo to Ecuador, via the coast

Leaving Peru, it was hard to believe that the last seven weeks of cycling covering over 2,000km was just one country such were our variety of experiences.  Lucho’s casa de ciclistas had been a welcoming place and fun to meet other cyclists but it was time to get moving again.

In Bolivia, we met cyclists who told us about an incident of bikers being shot at along our next stretch. Paijan, the particular hotspot, was 50km north along the Panamerican, so at Lucho’s recommendation we stopped at the police station on the outskirts. The chief officer confirmed the place was dangerous and insisted we have a police escort through the town and desert for 30km. (more…)

28. Nov, 2011

10,000km: the stats so far

10,000km: the stats so far

In the blistering heat of the Sechura Desert we celebrated cycling 10,000km since we left Rio de Janeiro in May this year. In the process we have survived the traffic in Buenos Aires and Lima, cycled up the Andes in the snow, sweated it out in the Atacama Desert and battled altitude sickness crossing the Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia.

It’s been a fantastic six months with many highs and some fantastic down hills. We thought we would take a look back at the highlights from the road. (more…)

25. Nov, 2011

Crazy drivers, strange castles and desert, desert, desert on the road from Lima to Trujillo

Crazy drivers, strange castles and desert, desert, desert on the road from Lima to Trujillo

By now we are used to South America’s crazy, city traffic, so carefully planned our departure from Lima for 6am on a Sunday morning, when everybody should have been asleep. However, the ride out along the Panamerican Highway was the most nerve-wracking of the trip so far and we were glad, 50km along, to get onto the quieter coastal road with French cyclist, Joel, for company.

We left our hostal in Miraflores via deserted streets thanks to road closures for a running race later that day. Lulled into a false sense of security, we quickly woke up as the road spat us out into central Lima and we began dodging taxis, combis and tuk-tuks all driving without any indication or sense. It was a harrowing ride, the scariest departure we’ve done so far. We averaged 23km within the city trying to keep up with the traffic, and on the outskirts stopped for a rest, exhausted. (more…)