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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…)

02. May, 2012

Pedalling about Suriname: Information for cycle tourists

Pedalling about Suriname: Information for cycle tourists

We cycled across Suriname in April 2012. Below are details of the route we took as well as other information cyclists planning a trip may find useful. If there’s anything else you’d like to know please email us.

Suriname has many similarities to its former colonial power, the Netherlands. Dutch is the principal language, canals and waterways cover the country and the coastal terrain is as flat as a pancake. The coastal road spends most of the time in the jungle, with small villages cut out of the bush. The population changes from Indian in the west to Black in the east, a result of redistribution of people after the abolishment of slavery.

It doesn’t take long to cycle through Suriname, but time spent there is nice, with friendly people, great food and a beautiful city in the form of Paramaribo.

You can download this information on pedalling about Suriname as a PDF(more…)

20. Apr, 2012

Cyclisme en France: Pedalling from Paramaribo to Cayenne

Cyclisme en France: Pedalling from Paramaribo to Cayenne

From the Suriname capital, Paramaribo, we set off towards France, our last new country of the trip. French Guyana is a department, rather than a country in its own right, and has all things you’d expect to find on the mainland, including fantastic cheese and wine which we treated ourselves to. We also took a more leisurely approach to being on the bikes, stopping off to explore the many attractions on the road to the capital, Cayenne.

We were late leaving Paramaribo as we had to wait for a cycle shop to open to replace my pedal cleat. Cycling with one foot clipped in and the other loose had left me with weird muscle ache, but we were able to find a replacement plate in a shop specialising in Dutch bikes. By the time we’d got that sorted I was in need of my second breakfast, so we dashed into a roti shop for a spicy fix. (more…)

16. Apr, 2012

A little bit like cycling in Europe: Georgetown to Paramaribo

A little bit like cycling in Europe: Georgetown to Paramaribo

Being in the Guyanas is a little bit like being in Europe with the different foods, cultures and languages as well as being able to hop between capitals in next to no time. It took us just five days to cycle from Georgetown, Guyana to Paramaribo, Suriname, with plenty of time to chat to friendly locals and enjoy tasty curries at roadside, roti stalls.

We spent a quiet weekend in Georgetown. It didn’t take long to wander past the pretty, wooden buildings that are the city’s main attractions and with little else to do we enjoyed the opportunity to relax in our chintzy guest house, which reminded us of something out of an Agatha Christie novel. (more…)