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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…)

18. Jul, 2011

The one about Paddy’s broken rim

The one about Paddy’s broken rim

Two months after starting our adventure in Rio de Janeiro, we rolled unceremoniously into the pretty port of Colonial del Sacramento on the Uruguayan coast. We’d pedalled over 3,500km, but the last 100 was reluctantly spent on a bus.

After four days in the river port of Salto, there was still no sign of the parcel from home with my replacement clothes which we had been waiting for. Itching to be back on the road we set off empty handed, hearing a few days later that the package had arrived and I was able to dash back by bus to pick it up.

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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…)