Up against the divide: Cajatambo to Tarma

Cold. Tired. Uninspired. Bored? The last week of riding was my toughest mentally and physically yet. For three days I felt like I was on the world’s largest yo-yo – ascending huge climbs, only to drop a long way down again. I had one particularly amazing day that renewed my spirits, but the three after … Continue reading Up against the divide: Cajatambo to Tarma

Into the land of glaciers: Huaraz to Cajatambo

"Is it worth it?" It's a familiar question I ask myself often. Is riding close up to glaciers it worth it, even if it means riding through snow and rain and wind and cold afterward? Is pushing my loaded bike up and over multiple passes more than 4,500-metres in altitude worth it for the expansive … Continue reading Into the land of glaciers: Huaraz to Cajatambo

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

From sea level to 5,000 metres: Quito to Cotopaxi

I was keen to leave the Galapagos and return to the mountains and my bike. But first, I had some unfinished business to take care of in Quito before leaving on the second stage of my adventure through the Andes. I landed at the airport and headed straight into Quito instead of dropping by the … Continue reading From sea level to 5,000 metres: Quito to Cotopaxi

Bike and hike and bike (Villa de Leyva to San Gil)

I’ve developed a pattern so far on this trip – two days of biking followed by a day of rest. After taking a day off in Villa de Leyva, I hit the road again to make my way to Mongui, with a stop off in Paipa along the way. Mongui was described as the prettiest … Continue reading Bike and hike and bike (Villa de Leyva to San Gil)