Tag Archives: South America
29. Jun, 2014

Ipanema Turtles – get the book!

Ipanema Turtles – get the book!

Read about our South American adventure by bike in our new book, Ipanema Turtles. It is available to download from Amazon as an eBook or to order in paperback – check it out now!

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22. Nov, 2012

Our top tips for cycle touring

Our top tips for cycle touring

The advice we picked up from other cyclists and websites whilst we were planning was invaluable. For that reason we thought we would put together a list of equipment we loved and that we hated, along with a few top tips from our time cycling around South America.

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31. Oct, 2012

Sleepless back in London: three months on

Sleepless back in London: three months on

Lying wide awake at midnight last Wednesday, I start to hear distant police sirens wailing in the distance, which triggers memories of having a local police escort whilst cycling in northern Peru.  Fast forward through a couple more random memories, I then realise that it’s precisely three months since we finished our circuit of South America by bike.

“How are you finding adjusting to being back?” is one of the most common questions we get asked.  Not that I mind of course as I honestly enjoy any opportunity to talk about the trip, but it’s a question that I have probably not given the same answer to twice.  I feel like I’m expected to say that “it’s awful”, that I can’t stand another day and that I’m going to leave on the bike tomorrow.  Overall, though, I think we have surprised ourselves about how it has been fairly easy to slot back into life. (more…)

23. Oct, 2012

Stove reviews: MSR Whisperlite versus Primus Omnifuel

Stove reviews: MSR Whisperlite versus Primus Omnifuel

During our cycle ride around South America, we used our stove to cook most of our meals.  Initially, we had the MSR Whisperlite but changed to the Primus Omnistove after the former developed an ‘unfixable’ fault in Colombia (and the resulting fireball almost burnt down the hostel we were staying in), when we were roughly halfway through the 15 month trip.

Both are multi-fuel stoves – meaning that they work with a number of both liquid and gas fuels – yet we for the vast majority of the time used ours with unleaded fuel as it was easy, reliable and relatively cheap to come by. (more…)

31. Jul, 2012

Going back to the start

Going back to the start

The taxi driver eyed me quizzically. We were heading towards Rio de Janeiro Airport for our flight home and he didn’t seem to believe my English/Portuguese account of our 14-month, cycle ride around South America. Suddenly, a look of recognition washed over his face as he said, ‘You were on TV’.

He wasn’t the only one to recognise us after our appearance on Brazilian national TV which showed us returning to the start point of our trip on Ipanema Beach. We were spotted on the metro and congratulated by a passing motorist in the centre of town, an odd feeling but an amusing three minutes of fame. (more…)