Tag Archive: tour cycling

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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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 29

Same Same Syndrome

The boat to Isla Ometepe

One of the most inevitable consequences of traveling longterm, particularly if you are traveling in just one region of the world, is what I like to call “Same Same Syndrome”.  It is a variant of Traveler’s Fatigue, but its symptoms do not include exhaustion, depression, or purposelessness, rather its symptom is something that many consider …

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Nov 23

Volcano Boarding.

Climbing along the ridge of Cerro Negro

After Somoto, Tony and I made our way down from the highlands of Nicaragua to the colonial town of Leon, perched near the coast and within striking distance of several Volcanoes.  One of those volcanoes is Cerro Negro, which means “Black hill”. Cerro Negro is the new kid on the volcanic block, having appeared only …

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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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