Tripstagram pt. 2: Colombia – Medellin to the border

My journey, on Instagram, part 2: Medellin to the border of Colombia & Ecuador. Find part 1 here. https://www.instagram.com/p/BaFsqtzn-Zl/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BaIYCSBH0ih/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BaNsR5GHDZt/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores   https://www.instagram.com/p/BaWcLAiHZFX/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BaXdoKwHv-b/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BahtrZAnr01/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/Baj93iqHM4f/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BakB_jDnEhh/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BamyC-THVpM/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BasEU8MnCPV/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BauYxt2nQEz/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BazUeclnYjI/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/BazXStrn1uD/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores https://www.instagram.com/p/Ba41lPpnM9l/?taken-by=alexcooperexplores Part three is here.      

Tripstagram pt. 1: Colombia – Bogota to Medellin

I haven't written anything on this blog since I completed my trip. I have a few things I plan on writing about, but for now, I've simply decided to compile a few posts from my Instagram page of my trip. This covers the first three weeks of my trip in Colombia, from my arrival in … Continue reading Tripstagram pt. 1: Colombia – Bogota to Medellin

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

8Salento 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 8Salento 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