Tag Archives: panamerican
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…)

15. Sep, 2011

A video message from the Atacama Desert

A video message from the Atacama Desert


04. Sep, 2011

The high or the low road in Chile

The high or the low road in Chile

Chile is a long, skinny country, bordered on the east by the Andes and the west by the Pacific, which makes for some good cycling. Our problem on leaving Santiago was what we wanted to see more, the ocean or the hills and the pros and cons of each.

Leaving the capital our choice was easy. We headed to the coast and the pretty town of Valpariso, with it’s brightly coloured houses and funiculars built on steep hills overlooking the sea. Where we dipped our wheels in the water, so we had both the Pacific and the Atlantic ticked. (more…)