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Arrival at the Pacific Ocean

Arrival at the Pacific Ocean

December 07, 2009 by 13 Comments

I stood at the edge of the continent and took in my first views of the Pacific Ocean. The desert abuts the sea at Paracas National Reserve with dramatic cliffs, sea life, and powerful winds. I felt a true sense of accomplishment. There have been a small handful of cycling days on this trip that [...]

Fellow Adventurers on the PanAm Sur and 3000 Miles

Fellow Adventurers on the PanAm Sur and 3000 Miles

November 30, 2009 by 20 Comments

Just when you cross the Andes, almost cross the continent, you start feeling pretty tough. Then you get put in your place… twice in a few hours. I started north out of Nasca into a brutal headwind through the desert and met some fellow adventurers along the way.

Over the Andes Into the Desert

Over the Andes Into the Desert

November 28, 2009 by 11 Comments

I´m writing this post after spending 19 hours in bed with a raging fever, maybe too much street meat? I made it over the Andes and have descended down into the Atacama desert, the driest in the world. “It feels good to be out of the rain.”

Flat Tires and the Altiplano

Flat Tires and the Altiplano

November 27, 2009 by 4 Comments

I am all for people protesting for their rights. I don´t mind a riot now and again. But for the sake of God why all the glass? All travelers on inflated tires suffer… even the common man. An otherwise beautiful day of riding was punctuated by 5 flats!

Cock Fights and Riots Spice Up the Days

Cock Fights and Riots Spice Up the Days

November 27, 2009 by 6 Comments

You never know what a day will bring you. When I left Cusco the day wore on like any other with long climbs and long descents. Traversing the Andes proved to be alot of hard work. At the end of the day I had been ascending for about 4 hours when I arrived in the small town of Curahausi with a flat tire when I got an unusual invite.

Down in the Pampas and Cuzco

Down in the Pampas and Cuzco

November 20, 2009 by 15 Comments

I descended out of Tinqui in a cold rain with a fever on my way to Cuzco. After a few hours of high rises and long descents I could see the fertile valley of the pampas thousands of feet below and prayed my brakes were going to land me safe and sound far below.

Steep and Cold Haul Over 15,500ft Pass

Steep and Cold Haul Over 15,500ft Pass

November 19, 2009 by 11 Comments

The last thing you want to do when you know you have a climb ahead of you is to start the day going downhill. Leaving Maracapata I quickly lost hard climbed altitude with a long muddy decent. I didn´t realize exactly how far I´d be going up until I reached the Abra Pirhuayani pass at 4,725 meters.

Winding Road to Marcapata

Winding Road to Marcapata

November 18, 2009 by 13 Comments

The previous night´s thunderstorms left the route to Marcapata, at just over 10,000ft, a muddy disaster. However, the mud was very different than along the TransAm and didn´t jam my wheels. I slipped my way up, and up, and up…

Leaving the Amazon Basin

Leaving the Amazon Basin

November 18, 2009 by 4 Comments

Like any city Puerto Maldonado got old quick and with the Andes just out of sight over the horizon I set out for my last few days in the Amazon Basin. Very quickly the scenery would change, my cycling patterns would change, the weather would change, so many things I had become accustomed to over [...]

One Block Into Peru and I Make Friends

One Block Into Peru and I Make Friends

November 12, 2009 by 12 Comments

One block over the border into Peru I get called over to a table at a bar. I spent the next 7 hours with these guys in the town of Iñarapi. On the left is Marco, then Bullet Face (he told me he was shot in the face recently), then Stallone (Antonio), a bag of coca leaves, and finally yours truly, for the day known as Michael Douglas.