Archive for September, 2009
Kidney Splitting 105 Degrees in the Shade

Kidney Splitting 105 Degrees in the Shade

September 28, 2009 by 13 Comments

After leaving the town of 50km I headed to Tucurui with about 1L of fluids…bad idea. I have found that my perception of the conditions I´d be facing in the Amazon have been quite off so far. This has truly been a desert journey to this point.

One Hundred Mile Day and a Baptism of Fire on the Fazendas

One Hundred Mile Day and a Baptism of Fire on the Fazendas

September 27, 2009 by 45 Comments

I started the day´s ride at 5:30am and left the pavement behind me. Even at this hour I was sweating like a madman as I negotiated the washboard dirt road with my 100+ lb rig. I was right to be nervous the night before.

Indians, Desert and 10,000 ants

Indians, Desert and 10,000 ants

September 27, 2009 by 3 Comments

The ride from Igarape-Miri to Cameta´ was fairly easy going. I started at dawn to beat the absolutely life zapping sun and made it to the river Tocantins where I recieved some daunting news.

29th Birthday in Igarape-Miri

29th Birthday in Igarape-Miri

September 24, 2009 by 27 Comments

Not only is it my birthday but also the day of the Acai Festival in Iagarpe-Miri. This was my first full day of cycling and the Amazon is HOT!

Tudo Bem From Belem

Tudo Bem From Belem

September 23, 2009 by 20 Comments

This is my first full day in Belem at the mouth of the Amazon river and at the edge of the jungle. So far I have assembled my bike (with some issues), figured out the land line (SAT phone is having issues) and took a quick ride around this huge city.

Sewing Mosquito Nets and Skining My Knuckles

Sewing Mosquito Nets and Skining My Knuckles

September 17, 2009 by 1 Comment

These next few days are all I have to iron out the kinks in my gear and pack it up. My mosquito netting needed some alteration to accommodate guy lines, the bike needed to be broken down and boxed, and the remaining gear divvied up into the appropriate weight bundles to minimize baggage fees.

Flawless 70k Ride: Last Run Before Belem

Flawless 70k Ride: Last Run Before Belem

September 17, 2009 by 2 Comments

I loaded all the gear I currently have, filled all my water containers, and weighed the whole package. Including the bike, rack, bags, and gear I have about a 82lb load. Once you add my weight (165lbs) the entire machine is quite a beast that likes to go in a straight line!

What Do You Take on a TransAmazon Cycling Trip?

What Do You Take on a TransAmazon Cycling Trip?

September 16, 2009 by 5 Comments

Many people ask me what I am taking on the trip. This wasn’t easy to answer in a few sentances so I put together an inventory including some pics of the major categories of equipment I am bringing: clothes, electronics, mechanical parts/tools, and first aid supplies. Of course these are the basics and odds and ends are plugged in everywhere!

Man Swims Length of Amazon River

Man Swims Length of Amazon River

September 14, 2009 by No Comments

I read about Martin Strel about a year ago and was inspired by his story. He just finished a world record marathon swim down the length of the Amazon, 3,327 miles!

One Week Before Epic Jungle Expedition: Time For a Soak & a Beer

One Week Before Epic Jungle Expedition: Time For a Soak & a Beer

September 12, 2009 by No Comments

With one week to go it’s time to fatten up, stay healthy, get some rest, and relax! Over the past few months I have chipped away at the slew of preparatory tasks. With the exception of a few minor loose ends (waiting for the camera and dry bags to show up) I am ready to ship out to Belem.