It’s 5pm on a Sunday evening and an icy gust is shaking the tent like it’s a flimsy piece of washing on the line. The gusts ripple over thick grasslands that in turn roll into jagged peaks while a shaggy llama grazes nonchalantly nearby.
The rain’s coming down in a steady stream causing the rustic dirt road to turn from bad, to worse and then to something resembling a river. It’s just day one on the tough but stunning Trans Ecuador Mountain Bike Route and already we’ve found that sweet cyclist spot of physical pain mixed with jaw-dropping scenery.
There were just three kilometres left to the top. Three. Measly. Kilometres. By foot it would take just over 30 minutes, hell in a crowded mall on your hands and knees it would take under an hour. But at the rate we’d been going, pushing up 20 per cent dirt grades on one of Colombia’s […]
“If everything you’ve done up until now is just a warm up – then South America is the main game!” It took one day of cycling in Colombia to realise exactly what this meant…
Bicycle touring Mexico from the colourful city of Guanajuato to the capital city of Michoacan – Morelia.
Cycle touring the Baja California can be a treat… but this long and fairly isolated stretch of peninsula is about as Mexican as Taco Bell. If you stick to the main road, it’s also about as riveting as “senior hour” at the local bowling club.
What happens when a hurricane wipes out most of the road on Baja California’s little used Highway 5? Pushing, swearing and maximum speeds of about 10km per hour!
For the past six months countless well meaning Americans had warned us against cycling to Mexico. And they weren’t without reason. In 2017 alone almost 30,000 people were murdered as a result of suspected drug cartel violence…