With today turning out to be an overcast day back home in Perth I’m spending the morning catching up on a few things, and finally I am getting around to sorting through some photos. Its almost two years since I rode into Ushuai where there was no more dirt roads to pedal, the memories are still there, some a bit hazy now so these photos are a good way to remember.
This is a snippet of photos from a month cycling along the Carrertera Austral in Patagonia with Dana and Robin from Lichtenstein, Markus from Austria and Thomas and Ellie from Germany. I miss you mob!
La Familia In this installment we go on a months adventure with part of the family. Mum, Dad and my Sister come our from Aus to travel around Chile and Argentina with me while the two brothers stick it out back home working for the man. Then its back on the road again for some Patagonian cycling.
Check out what happened in the previous installment here
Following up on some epic riding through Bolivia (check it out here) we crossed the border into norther Chile where things start to take a change of pace. With Birthdays, the festive season, family visits and thoughts of making plans for Patagonia arise we start to take our time stopping off for weeks at a time and realizing bus trips can lead to some unexpected delights. We say good-bye to german friends Anja and Marko as James, Mateo and I explore the promised lands of Chile and Argentina. – Tom
Its finally here! im going to try and catch up on the blogging in the next few weeks in order to shorten the distance between my actual location and where i am on the internet so stay tuned.
In this edition we search for Jesus, get stuck down rivers, say good bye to legends and start a new family
In my last post i was hanging out in the small coastal town with a good mix of hippies surfers and laneways that smelt like piss. Carlos and I spent 2 weeks here chilling and catching up with a good friend. But it was time to drag ourselves away and get back on the bikes – Here’s how it went
Ecuador is like a lucky dip lolly bag, but one of the good ones.
Coming down through Central America the word from other cyclists and backpackers along the way is “wait for Colombia, you are going to love it”. And they are true. Colombia was bloody fantastic. But little is given for its southern neighbor. Most people fly into the Ecuadorian Capitol and then head straight for the Galapagos islands (still on my bucket-list) and not much is said about the rest of the country.
Ecuador is home to Volcano Alley and some amazing national parks that runs the length of the country. Ideal for riding a bike through. It had me picking up my jaw from the dirty floor more often than not and a it produced a ride to Volcan Cotopaxi that is going to be hard to beat.
Since my last very recent blog, I’d just arrived in Panama City leaving you in suspense of how to get to the continent below (no doubt you have been on tender hooks ever since!?). Well I’m no longer sitting in Panama City and have replaced that town with another, this one in another continent, a few countries down and in the Southern Hemisphere. The star alignments I don’t know anyway seem a little more familiar.
Colombia. Before I jumped on my bike and before i began to pedal south, I had gathered loose bits and pieces of stuff..ideas.. thoughts on what this country might be like.
My mind could only muster up images of women with curves and bumps pouting with a seductive tone to their talk and images of possessed soccer nuts screaming and running through ramshackle streets of beaten down suburbs. Looting and plundering.
Its a bloody beautiful thing to arrive in place for the first time and only have a pretty thin idea of what it may be like.
Colombia was a good place. And i know have more stuff..ideas and thoughts
The main highway will get you from San Gil to Bogota in under two weeks on paved and well kept roads but with plenty of traffic to go with it. It can get pretty frustrating having truck after truck blow past within a beard whisker so once again i decided to turn of the main highway and head towards the back roads to get me to the city. It added an extra week onto the ride and it threw up some rough and steep climbs but this section was one of my favorites so far.
So i have kept the text short again and chucked in plenty of photos. Im going to try out this google maps gaget (you will see a second map halfway through the post) to give you an idea of where the heck i am and where i’ve been.