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…

‘Cheating’ my way back across the Andes and into Santiago

ARGENTINA. IS.¬†MASSIVE. With only a¬†90 day time stamp it was inevitable that my route would have¬†to take me back over the mighty Andes at some stage. With time in short supply I chose the pass¬†next to Santiago close to the¬†highest mountain in the Americas. Warned repeatedly by locals about the hideous amount of trucks and…

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.

Solo night riding to 5760 metres on the Altiplano – Lagunas Route via Uturuncu

THE LAGUNAS ROUTE DETOURING FOR VOLCANO UTURUNCU on THE ALTIPLANO OF SOUTH WEST BOLIVIA
Cycling the sandy corrugated 4000+metre high desert roads of Southwest Bolivia for hundreds of kilometres is undoubtedly tough. You have three riding options: ride standing and exhaust your legs, ride seated at an excessively slow speed or ride normally and have your backside mercilessly pounded by your seat (perhaps fun for some?). I’d maybe add one more…go off road into the deep soft sand…