Paddling to Colombia

Quick update from Cartagena, Colombia. Greatly excited to have made it to South America following an interesting and very challenging route paddling 200+ km in a cayuco (wooden canoe) along the beautiful and rugged coastline of Kuna Yala from Carti (Panama) to Capurgana (Colombia) with Cary Gray. Full trip report and video to follow soon.…

Crossing Panama

After a few pleasant excursions in Boquete it was time to head to Panama City. I took a side route via Sona which a good alternate to the Panamerican Highway for a short stretch; I cycled it with an awesome couple Janet and Brian for a day or so. I could barely keep up with…

Returning To Ride LA LINEA DE TREN

Discovering La Ruta de los Conquistadores greatly enhanced my experience in Costa Rica. After the ride up Volcano Irazu and around Volcano Turrialba (more here), the final section from Siquirres to Lim├│n follows an interesting route along a semi-used railway track for 60 or so kilometres. Part of it is dirt road that runs along…

Into Panama and Bocas del Toro

My plan was to get to Cahuita that evening after finally arriving in the Caribbean. Unfortunately my puncture that took me an hour to fix (see last post) delayed me significantly and it was fully dark and I was still 10km from my destination. Locals warned me that it was dangerous to travel at night…

Railway bridges – Costa Rican Caribbean

This post describes my first attempt to cycle la linea de tren from Siquirres to Lim├│n on a fully loaded bike; crossing the bridges was an unnerving yet exhilarating experience. After arriving from Turrialba in Santa Cruz I didn’t feel like losing more altitude so I  took an alternate route which climbed back up via…

Across San Jos├ę to Tres Rios

It was good to leave the touristy La Fortuna and head on towards more volcanoes but I also had San Jos├ę in my way. It’s never fun crossing Central American capital cities on a loaded (or unloaded) bicycle and this was no exception. I couldn’t find a nice route around San Jose unfortunately since I…