Machu Picchu

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Peru, South America | 4 Comments
Machu Picchu

For the moment at least I am fast forwarding you through my journey from the Bolivian Antiplano and onward to the Peruvian Andes. Leaving Cass behind at the road head in the Peruvian town of Tinqui, 130 kilometers outside Cusco I take a bus in to the historic capital of the Incan Empire to meet […]

Bolivian Backlog:¡Salar Espectacular!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Bolivia, South America | 4 Comments
Bolivian Backlog:¡Salar Espectacular!

As the dirt road peters out, the crunch beneath our tyres signals our entry in to the Salar De Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat. A vast white expanse of nothingness, measuring over 12,106 sq km. Under the dazzling light our eyes begin to adjust. Stopping for a moment we gaze ahead, the scale difficult […]

Bolivian Backlog: ¡Viva Bolivia!

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Bolivia, General, South America | 8 Comments
Bolivian Backlog: ¡Viva Bolivia!

Over a month ago our adventures took us deep in to the Bolivian Antiplano, a land of fluffy Llamas, dramatic landscapes and non existent internet. Here is the first of my attempts to bring you up to date as I currently head north toward the Peruvian border and in to the Corderilla Real. The tally […]

The Lagunas Route

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in Bolivia, South America | 8 Comments
The Lagunas Route

Another year older, another year wiser; at least so the saying goes. As we say goodbye to our adopted home of San Pedro De Atacama, we begin the long ramp like climb from the Atacama Desert toward the lofty heights of the Bolivian Antiplano. Heads gently thumping, as the midday sun beats down on us […]

Adventures in San Pedro De Atacama

Posted by on Jul 31, 2014 in Chile, South America | 13 Comments
Adventures in San Pedro De Atacama

Arriving in San Pedro De Atacama on my birthday should have been the thinly veiled excuse Cass and I needed to go out and party after weeks spent on the road. Instead uncharacteristically I want nothing more than an early night and something to soothe a cough and cold picked up over the previous weeks […]

Cafayate to San Pedro De Atacama: Wine, Rarefied Air and Birthday Cake

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in Argentina, Chile, South America | 10 Comments
Cafayate to San Pedro De Atacama: Wine, Rarefied Air and Birthday Cake

Fortified on Torrientes the fruity vino blanco that makes Cafayate and the surrounding Valle Calchaquíes famous throughout Argentina, Cass and I begin our journey in to the high mountains. Stood high above the area’s vineyards the snow capped Andes stand as sentinels seperating the neighbouring countries of Argentina and Chile. Leaving the vineyards behind we […]

To Mendoza: Pushin’ On

Posted by on May 14, 2014 in Argentina, Chile, Cycling, South America | One Comment
To Mendoza: Pushin’ On

Sat next to the roaring log fire, the sound of rain drums on the roof and patters on the window pane. The weather forecast for the next 10 days looks equally dismal and depressing. It seems that Chile and my native Calderdale arent that dissimlar when it comes to winter weather. I spend a further […]

The Lake District: Autumn Leaves, Asphalt and a Volcano

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Argentina, Chile, Cycling, South America | 8 Comments
The Lake District: Autumn Leaves, Asphalt and a Volcano

As the days grow gradually cooler Autumn leaves gather on the ground. A daily reminder that winter slowly approaches. It is a slow spin out of Trevelin in to strong head winds and squalls of rain in Los Alerces National Park. Feeling unwell I slow things down and ride some shorter days, seeking sanctuary and […]

Carretera Austral: A Ripio Odyssey

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Chile, Cycling | 2 Comments
Carretera Austral: A Ripio Odyssey

The construction of the Carretera Austral under General Pinochet aimed to connect remote communities in Chilean Patagonia as tensions escalated during the Beagle Channel conflict in the 1970s. Today it remains a grand feat of engineering linking the remote and isolated communities of Puerto Montt in the north with Villa O’Higgins in the south. Perhaps a […]

Lago Del Desierto: Border Crossings and Fond Farewells

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Argentina, Chile, South America | 5 Comments
Lago Del Desierto: Border Crossings and Fond Farewells

As each day passes Autumn slowly draws nearer, the ever telling chill in the air and shortening of days as evenings draw in. As the tail end of the season approaches the Villa O’Higgins ferry, an integrale part of the jigsaw which links the dead end of El Chalten to Villa O’Higgins and the start […]

El Chalten: Fickle Weather and Enchanting Granite

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Argentina, General | 9 Comments
El Chalten: Fickle Weather and Enchanting Granite

Riding in to El Chalten there before me stood the Fitzroy massif bathed in sunlight. Monte Fitzroy, Cerro Torre, Poincenot, Inominata and many more I was to learn the name of. Like many other tourists, climbers and mountaineers before me I had come to marvel at the imposing granite spires in Los Glacieres National Park. […]

Patagonia: The Windy Bit. Punta Arenas to El Chalten

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in Argentina, Chile, Cycling | 3 Comments
Patagonia: The Windy Bit. Punta Arenas to El Chalten

Last minute purchases in Punta Arenas enable me to carry extra food and water after my struggle through Tierra Del Fuego. The Carradice saddle bag proving a trusty capacious companion adeptly allowing me to burden it with yet more stuff. As the worst of the winds subside, Anita an Austrialian cyclist and I roll out […]