Tag Archive: Mexico

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 07

The Forgotten Coast

Petrol Station

This stretch of coast is alive.  At my feet dozens of tiny hermit crabs inch their way across the black sands leaving diminutive little trails in the soft wet sand behind them while in front of me a squadron of a dozen pelicans fly low over the crashing surf, looking more like boats magically hovering …

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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 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 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 15

The Gringo Trail

Beer Revolution at Playa Tunco, El Salvador

Three days after leaving Antigua, Tony and I found ourselves rolling into Playa Tunco, a El Salvadorean surfer hot-spot, and yet another town that has made a name for itself on the Gringo Trail of Central America.  This was alright with us.  The place was tiny, but there was still a beach, a guaranteed party …

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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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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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