Managing Inevitable Zip Failure on a Long Bicycle Tour

WARNING: this post is about zip repair, which may be quite dull for some. But if you’re going on a long tour it could be quite handy. Top tips / short version: Clean and lubricate the zip (e.g. candle wax, soft 2B pencil, some kind of specialist zip lube: e.g. this ). Fix slider with pliers. Bring spare sliders…

Optimum Productivity on a Bicycle Tour

It’s a cliche. But it’s true. We live in a world of distraction. Every moment of our day ‘things’ are jumping out at us for our attention.  Most of them do nothing to further what is most important to us and should be classed as shallow activities with little meaning to us. In this regard, social media…

AirBnB Thief, Thank You For Robbing My Camera

No, I really mean that. This isn’t irony. A three day visit to the picturesque port city of Valparaiso in Chile turned into a testing moment of mental fortitude for me after my expensive camera and external disc drive with years of photos was swiped in a hostel I was staying in.  I had been…

Effing Hot Ruta 40 – Cafayate to Jachal, North Argentina

“Why?” Endless stretches of paved road disappearing into infinity. At times hours would go by and it was hard to tell if I had actually progressed.  The death of my phone and thereby podcasts and various educational audio literature I like to listen to compounded the boredom to ‘hard to bear’ levels. All the while…

The Sirens of North Argentina – Irresistible Salta and Jujuy

Mate, malavares, fiambre, ice cream, high quality beef, Malvinas, Maradona are all mainstream Argentinian experiences but one thing stands out above the rest for me: Of all the Latin American countries I’ve visited (there are a lot of them), Argentina can safely claim the nocturnal noise and sleep deprivation award by a considerable margin. No matter what…

Wild Desert Donkeys – San Antonio to Cafayate

After accidentally timing Paso Sico and San Antonio de Los Cobres perfectly with the busiest days of the year (or possibly ever), due to peak tourist season and flooding roads, it was a relief to finally leave.  My route continued via the famous Ruta 40 and after climbing up a pass of nearly 5000 metres it descended for 260km down to world famous vineyards through dry rugged cactus terrain intermittently following a divine river oasis. It was spiced up further by crazy wild donkeys, beautiful shaded plazas, leeches (!) and incredible rock formations.