Tag Archives: Paraguay
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…)

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…)