Reflections on the road so far

2017 was a momentous year for me. I remember the day I walked into my publisher's office and told her I was leaving the paper. Actually, I don't remember the exact day - I forget if it was a Monday or Tuesday, or if it was the last week of May or first week of … Continue reading Reflections on the road so far

Crossing borders and changing weather: Santiago, Colombia, to El Angel, Ecuador

After six weeks in Colombia, I was eager to move onto Ecuador. Not that there's anything wrong with Colombia - it had exceeded my expectations - but I was eager to experience something different. Every day in Colombia was starting to fell the same, riding up and down endless mountains covered in farms and lush … Continue reading Crossing borders and changing weather: Santiago, Colombia, to El Angel, Ecuador

Stone statues, waterfalls and death trampolines: San Agustin to Santiago

They say it's the rainy season in Colombia and I believe it. Only, until a few days ago, it hadn't affected my trip. I only got stuck riding in a torrential downpour once, and that was on pavement and was mostly downhill. Plus it was pretty hot that day, I was on my way to … Continue reading Stone statues, waterfalls and death trampolines: San Agustin to Santiago

Salento to Ibague, and how my trip nearly got derailed

The loud rattling took me by surprise. I was used to my gear jostling around as I descended bumpy diet roads, but I'd never heard anything rattling in my spokes. I was having a great descent down to the tiny outpost of Toche, flying past forests of wax palm trees, which are only found in … Continue reading Salento to Ibague, and how my trip nearly got derailed

Manizales and the return to dirt

(Note: My laptop won't charge so I'm posting this from my phone.  For some reason the photos are showing up in the wrong order. There may also be some odd auto-corrects I missed.) I've never actually cried tears of joy. The other day, while biking at 4,000 metres in Parque Nacional Nevado del Ruiz, I … Continue reading Manizales and the return to dirt

Medellin and the Pan-American (to Manizales)

I’m sitting in bed at the amazing Hostel Kaleidoscopo in Manizales, relaxing after exploring part of the city on foot today. Manizales isn’t on the classic backpacker circuit of Colombia, which is all the better after spending too many nights in Medellin. I spent 4.5 days in Medellin, Colombia’s second biggest and most modern city. … Continue reading Medellin and the Pan-American (to Manizales)

The route so far

A few people have asked to see my route map. I can't figure out how to embed it in WordPress, so here's the link: https://ridewithgps.com/trips/18240178 Basically, it's been Bogota - Suesca - Villa de Leyva - Paipa - Mongui - Paramo Ruisa - San Gil - Zapatoca - San Vincente de Chucuri - San Rafael - … Continue reading The route so far