Category Archive: Cycling

Dec 09

Fluency: Redefined – Bicycle Spanish – Part 3

"Live Más"  Taco Bell uses Spanglish for it's marketing in Costa Rica.

In Part 3 of Bicycle Spanish Zack looks at his command of the language after 11 months of cycling in Latin America.  With only 2-3 months left before leaving the land of Spanish speakers he asks himself “Am I fluent?” The Ticos love me. My stomach spotted the man before my eyes did as I …

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Nov 20

This here be cowboy country.

Dragging out the lame bull.

When people think cowboys, they tend to think about old western films like the The Good the Bad and the Ugly.  For most of the world, cowboys are synonymous with the Wild West and the good ol’ USA, people think Texas. In Latin America though, the cowboy dream also lives on.  On this tour Tony …

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Nov 20

Truck Surfing

I caught a tow on this truck a couple of times. Good boys.  This was on the road from Mexico City to Puebla.

— DISCLAIMER:  This post describes a sport that is inherently risky.  This post does not condone the practice of Truck Surfing in urban areas or in areas populated with grumpy truck drivers.  This sport should only be attempted by experienced and competent cyclists who understand the risks and the dangers involved.  Always exercise good judgement and …

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Nov 19

Stage 6: Nicaragua, Costa Rica & Panama (AKA Operation: Enduring Freedom!!!)

Stage 6 map

Operation: Enduring Freedom!!! So here we are, Stage 6, the penultimate stage of the tour and the final stage on the North American Continent.  We are running out of road my friends and we hope you are excited as we are. Stage 6 of the Tour de Zack y Tony, AKA Operation: Enduring Freedom!!! will …

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Nov 19

Blasting through El Salvador and Honduras – The End of Stage 5

Traffic.  Near the Honduran/Nicaraguan border.

Reaching the Nicaraguan Border – the end of Stage 5 of the Tour de Zack y Tony AKA Operation: Jungle Boogie! After a couple of days of glorious inactivity and a bit of salsita, Tony and I left Playa Tunco and headed east, our gaze fixed fixedly towards the border of Nicaragua, about 360 km …

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Nov 19

Roadside Advice: Free in Honduras

Love your country.

These days it seems like few things are free.  Not true in Latin America though as free sage roadside advice has been a common sight on the Tour de Zack.  These painted rocks that we found on the road in Honduras though have been the best selection of the trip so far.  

Nov 12

Life Cycles – What we think about on the bike

Pacific Coast in El Salvador

The wobble in the handlebars increased noticeably as Tony and I steadily picked up speed and flew down yet another hill.  We flashed through the slightly cooler pockets of shade and I arched my neck to the left and right, taking full advantage of the cool breeze and trying to expose as much skin as …

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Nov 12

Breakfast in El Salvador

mmm tasty pupusa toppings...

It was our first morning in El Salvador when Tony and I rolled up to the roadside comedor that was obviously pretty popular with the locals.  It was a pretty typical affair. Nothing more than a few picnic tables set out in front of a shop with a corrugated tin roof extending out over the …

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Oct 31

The tough life in Antigua.

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The day after hitting 10,000km Tony and I rolled into Antigua, the old colonial capital of Guatemala, and the biggest tourist destination this country has to offer.  Foreigners roll into this town from all over whether it be to see the sights, visit the surrounding areas, climb a volcano (or two, or three), study spanish, …

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Oct 28

10,000 KM PARTY!

Me and my buddy Brandon at the 10,000 km mark of the Tour de Zack y Tony.  Near Tecpan, Guatemala

After 10 months and 23 days, five countries, 62 blog posts and more flat tires than I care to recall, Tony and I found ourselves in the highlands of Guatemala when it finally happened.  We slowed the bike down to a crawl and watched with childish delight as our trusty odometer finally ticked over from …

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