This entry covers the last leg of cycling in South America – the journey to the ‘end of the world’ (‘fin del mundo’). Ushuaia isn’t actually the end of the world, but it is the southernmost city in the world, hence 'fin del mundo'. Having finished the Carretera Austral, our intrepid group of 10 cyclists … Continue reading Journey to the end of the world
This post is going to be an attempt to get the blog more up to date (I claim lack of good internet and exhaustion as my defence). It covers a lot of distance, so I will try to let the pictures do most of the talking! From Bariloche I was finally into Patagonia. This vast … Continue reading The Carretera Austral
Having relaxed for a couple of days with my friends, I set off for a bit of exploring without the bike, first to Valparaiso and then to Santiago’s central district. Valparaiso is a bohemian city on the coast, famous for being a home at one time to Pablo Neruda, the Chilean poet. It has a … Continue reading Santiago, Valparaiso, and the road to Patagonia
I had long been looking forward to Mendoza. I’d heard great things about the food there, and then of course there’s the wine…… In the event it was even better than expected. Not only did the food and wine live up to (or indeed exceed) expectations, the countryside, the scenery, and the warmth of the … Continue reading Mendoza to Santiago – Wine, steak, pumas, headwinds and mountain passes.
I hope everyone had a great time over the holidays and that 2019 has started well. I had a wonderful time with my friends in Santiago and got going again on the 2nd of January. I'm currently on the doorstep of Patagonia, but as you know, the blog is a little behind….. After the tough … Continue reading Cowboys and Canyons
Leaving our unexpected and comfortable accommodation at the border, Stephano, Tracey and I set off towards the next town (some 68 kms away). We were promised that the Police there would be expecting our arrival and would be happy for us to camp behind the police station. The corrugated concrete road surface, together with sand, … Continue reading What’s new, Argentina?
(Or for those who prefer song to film: 'Riding through the desert on a bike with no name') Having spent the night in Tacna, Peru, the next day had me cycling through the desert for the first time. I only had 60kms to ride to cross the border into Chile where I was to stay … Continue reading One billboard outside nowhere, Atacama…
As usual, sorry for the delay in posting and consequent length - there's a lot to catch up on! So after much deliberation, I'd decided to visit Galapagos after all. I’d been in a quandary as I’d read that the best way to experience the islands is on a cruise (albeit they have small boats … Continue reading Galapagos and Peru – travels without my bicycle
The first days in Ecuador made me apprehensive of what the country would hold. All the towns and villages I cycled through felt deserted; as though everyone had moved away. One constant feature however was the presence of street dogs, including this chap who was happy to guard the bike whilst I had breakfast. I … Continue reading Ecuador, and past the 2000 km mark.
Well, maybe not illegal, but I did go against travel advice of Germany, UK and the United States by using the roads and crossing in Putomayo, in South Eastern Colombia. Embassies advise against all travel in the region. I didn’t do this lightly, and sought guidance from many sources over the preceding weeks, including repeatedly … Continue reading Illegal border crossings…..
Since my last post I’ve travelled through the last of ‘coffee country’, and continued to have an incredible time in this cyclist's paradise. I had another couple of days slogging up the hills with my original chainwheel. With some of the ascents being up to 20% in parts, with averages often being over 5%, many … Continue reading Coffee country
(Please note pictures can now all be viewed full screen just by clicking on them) Given that I've started getting messages asking whether I'm ok, thought I'd better do my first post from being on the road. An easy way to get started is with some stats for the first 8 days: Number of days … Continue reading Travels with my bicycle
So, all good things come to an end, and tomorrow I leave Medellín and finally set off on the bike. I’m healthily apprehensive of the challenges ahead, and more than a little nervous about those hills. The bike has been prepared; luggage reduced; everything squashed into the four panniers I’ll be carrying; and I’m as … Continue reading Medellín, I shall miss you….
‘The city of eternal spring’ (Ciudad de la eterna primavera) is how Medellín is known by Colombians because of its pleasant and more or less constant climate. Every day is a sunny day, and I can understand why increasing numbers of people are choosing to visit or even retire here. For me, however, it’s not … Continue reading Medellín, city of eternal spring
It’s been a while since I updated the blog, as I’ve been completely immersed in learning Spanish since arriving in Medellin two weeks ago. But before I start describing experiences in Colombia (all very good), here the final episode of my time in Nepal. Kathmandu was a strange experience. It’s dusty, noisy, and suffers with … Continue reading Namaste Nepal, hola Medellín!