Category Archive: Cycling

Feb 26

The End.

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After getting stuck in Cali for nearly two weeks, I woke up one morning and knew that it was time to get back on the road.  Tony and I had a job to finish; The last 400 km to Medellin.  So I got out of bed, got a cup of coffee, took a shower, and …

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Feb 23

Cali Salsa Nights

Salsa in Cali.  Photo: Esme McAvoy

I lifted both of Eliana’s hands up above her head and, holding them there, led her in a slow spin to her left and watched in complete awe as she effortlessly grooved to the caribbean beat, leading with every dangerous curve of her body; thighs, hips, bum, waist, and boobs all appeared to be moving …

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Feb 04

Confronting the Darién Gap

DARIEN GAP

The Final 90 km Having arrived in Panama City, it was time for Tony and I to finally confront a problem that we had been slowly approaching ever since turning south in San Francisco:  There is no road to Colombia. Remarkably, the Darien Gap as it is known is the only break in the Pan-American Highway …

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Jan 29

The End of a Continent!

Tony poses in front of the Bridge of the Americas

The Bridge of the Americas. In the end, it took Tony and I five days to ride the 440km from David to Panama City.  It was a journey that in our minds was a blend of raw perseverance, blissful satisfaction, and triumphant nostalgia, as we were very aware that this was the final push and …

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Jan 06

The Final Push

Final push

We got NO brakes. On the 2 of January, exactly 1 year after crossing the US/Mexican Border, I loaded up Tony for the first time since his accident, said my goodbyes to the boys at Mamallena and set out on the easiest ride of the entire trip.  I was going 40 km to the city …

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Jan 05

Volcano for New Years

The sun makes it first appearance of 2013 in Panama.

The lead up to New Years We arrived in Boquete in shambles, I was scraped and bruised and slightly shredded, Tony was in pieces and not worth much more than scrap aluminium.  It was raining.  I checked into Mamallena’s, a hostel in central Boquete that I had been hearing about by word of mouth for …

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Jan 05

Third Blood on the Tour

The end of my board shorts after 4 years and over 15 countries...

After Christmas Tony and I left the Lost and Found Hostel and headed off towards Boquete, but we didn’t make it very far before we had the second bike crash of the trip. We had been going down a fast winding descent on good quality road, when suddenly we came around a corner to find …

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Jan 05

Christmas on the road.

Getting festive for the lead up to Christmas.

Pig for Christmas I put down my book Cascabel by Arturo Arias and got up from my perch which had been carefully positioned to be sheltered from both the rain whipping around the corner and the smoke coming up from the fire.  I moved over to the fire, on top of with was a gigantic …

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Dec 27

Hangovers in Paradise

My personal beach on Isla Colon

Power Hour “So, wait, are you saying that…”  I stopped mid-sentence at hearing Summer of 69 by Bryan Adams cut mid-chord and change to The Proclaimers’ I would walk 500 miles.  Pulling away from yelling into Erin’s ear I grabbed my plastic shot glass full of beer and “clinked” with my Finnish friend Heikki before …

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Dec 14

Don’t hate on Costa Rica

A man sells fruit on the road in Costa Rica in front of one of the country's 50 McDonald's restaurants.

“Everything in Costa Rica cuesta rica.”   That was Monika’s spanglish catch phrase describing her and Martine’s experience riding through the country.  I had met the two Swiss girls in Baja California, they were cycling north on their way to Canada having already ridden all the way from Argentina, and their negative review of Costa …

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