Relentless beauty, relentless climbs: Lasso to Salinas

Relentless. It's one of my favourite words. I often pre-curse it with the f-word - they just fit so well together. As I rode from my campsite above Angamarca on Wednesday, Nov. 29, to Salinas de Guaranda (or de Bolivar, depending on which source you use), all I could think of was how "fucking relentless" … Continue reading Relentless beauty, relentless climbs: Lasso to Salinas

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

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)