Group of four: Salento – Ibague

It might all be pavement from here until Mocoa, somewhere south near the Colombia-Ecuador border. Luckily, we found some riding buddies for the next chapter of our ride. Some amigos are a nice welcome addition to make for a fun ride and take the edge off the anticipated boredom that pavement brings. Plus we are…

Hiking El Cocuy National Park

El Cocuy – Alto de la Cueva – Hacienda La Esperanza – Laguna Sierra de la Grande – Alto Bellavista – Hacienda La Esperanza – Guican – El Cocuy We spent several days in El Cocuy, the town, planning the logistics of hiking the whole loop in the park. It is illegal to hike the…

In between

San Gil was not the adventure capital we were hoping for. I find it to be more like a gritty town full of tourists both gringos and Colombians alike. We nonetheless enjoy our time there. Strolling in the market is becoming a habit now, eager to try out what the fondas have to offer. Suffice to say,…

Colombia 101

With heavy hearts, we finally let ourselves loose of the tight Medellin grip. But it wouldn’t let us go without swinging. Before we knew it we’re having our first taste of the Colombian hills. Or mountain? Right out of the gate of Medellin, we were greeted with a good ‘ol mountain spanking courtesy of a…

Setting foot in South America

Since leaving the mountains of Mexico, our eyes were set on South America. Many backpackers I met in Central America often reminsce of thier time south. Tell them how beautiful Mexico is and they would respond with a blink of an eye “Oh wait ’til you get to Colombia”.  Browse long enough on the internet and…

Bienvenidos a Guatemala

After a hot sweaty night sleeping to the lullaby of Genghis Blues a.k.a. Howler monkeys, we finally leave Mexico, the country we love so dearly. I have fond memories of Mexico but it’s time to move on and see Central America.  A country also rich in culture, Guatemala seems like a perfect transition so as…

Equipments

Durability. Quality. Practicality. Compatibility. The balancing act that is choosing the “right” gears. If only money is not an issue, choices are a lot easier. Even so maybe not. One of the overlooked part of traveling by bike is how easy weight can accumulate. You want to be self-sufficient hence you bring all the “necessary” gears….

Midfat

Bikes: Big Decision After a lot of back and forth on which bike, I went with the Surly ECR. Its a newly released 29er bike fully capable of swllowing 3 inches tires. Now few people have tried using it for long-term bike touring. I got my inspiration from this and this. The frame is made…

The Americas and Beyond

I plan to start in Prudhoe Bay and slowly make my way down to Jasper where I will rendezvous with Dang. From there we will ride the Great Divide before veering west from Colorado to Nevada and Utah because we intend to check out the Arches National Park and the Grand Canyon. From Nevada we don’t know if…