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Off The Beaten Pass to Ruta 40

Off The Beaten Pass to Ruta 40

When the cloud of dust clears, I see Azure on the ground against her bike. Her foot hurts but she seems ok. David puts a smile back on her face by showing her the distance to pavement with his thumb and index finger. I look at the bull dust hole that took her out and...
The Lagunas Route

The Lagunas Route

The bikes are heavily packed, ready for a multiple day adventure. We only just start riding out of Uyuni when we see a familiar car: The Nowhere Men, who we have come across many times in Peru have caught up with us. We talk for a while and Azure, upon hearing that...
Girl On Fire Begging For Gas.

Girl On Fire Begging For Gas.

Loaded with gasoline from Peru we ride into a gas station where we agreed to meet with David again. We want to keep the good gas for when the going gets rough down South so we line up to fill our almost empty tanks. “No we don’t sell to foreigners but the next gas...
Muslim Hospitality In La Paz

Muslim Hospitality In La Paz

We ride along a beautifully winding road towards La Paz. A new part of our adventure has started and we are thrilled to have David along with us. He is not only a good friend but, having been here before, he is now our official guide. Camping near a border crossing is...
A Bribe And A Beer… Please!

A Bribe And A Beer… Please!

We’ve tag-teamed this blog post as Azure had a more, erm, interesting experience on the Peruvian side of the border and Roel definitely had a more interesting experience on the Bolivian side – we hope you enjoy! Azure: I get back to the shore after my tour...
Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu

The alarm wakes us up at 4.15AM. There is still no electricity. Armed with a headlamp, we head out into the dark streets. By 5AM we join an army of backpackers who, like us, are not willing to cough up the money for the bus ride up the mountain. The guys are sleeping...
Cusco And The Epic Ride To Machu Picchu

Cusco And The Epic Ride To Machu Picchu

The sun wakes us up early in the morning and we find ourselves in a desolate but beautiful region. I make coffee and one after the other emerges from their tents. It is still a long way to Cusco and we are not sure we’ll make it today. Patrick wants to gun it there...
Lima Survivor

Lima Survivor

The hostel we stay at turns out to be a gathering place for overlanders. We meet a biker from Canada and one from Colombia. There is another Canadian with a 4×4 and we have a good time exchanging stories and experiences. We explore the neighborhood for a while...
The Battle Of Lima

The Battle Of Lima

In over six years of traveling around the world, never has any city garnered as many warnings as Lima. It has been a topic for a long time for me and Azure. And we didn’t think we were going to go, until we found out that Lima would be the last place for a while...
The Road Of Dreams And Nightmares

The Road Of Dreams And Nightmares

The ride from Kuelap is absolutely amazing. The powerful feeling of sweeping around corners with 5 other bikes is indescribable. We stop at a gas station to fill up and have a difficult time understanding the attendant. The price we pay is not the same as the one he...
Magical Kuelap

Magical Kuelap

We thought the spot we camped in last night was relatively hidden until dozens of locals walk to and from the main road over the steep path behind our bikes while we are making coffee. Farmers walk their cows and horses to their fields over the same path . The horses...
Ecuador’s best kept secret

Ecuador’s best kept secret

Before we attack our “to-do” lists, we decide to walk around Cuenca’s beautiful old center and relax a little. The colonial buildings are colorful, the many parks are bursting with life and it feels like a city where we could spend many days. We get a message...
Family Reunion in Riobamba

Family Reunion in Riobamba

As Roel mentioned in his previous post, this isn’t my first time in Ecuador. So this entire country has felt like taking a walk down memory lane.   So excited to be here again after all these years!  When I was in high school in Vermont, I was very...
Chasing Volcanoes

Chasing Volcanoes

As usual the getting back on the road takes a bit longer than expected. We definitely settled in, in Quito. But late in the afternoon we are being guided out of town by Diego and his friend. After a final coffee it is time to say goodbye but a cloud breaks in two and...
Finding Diego

Finding Diego

Before we head out of Quito there is one more thing to do. A rather big job on the bike that I have been postponing since Central America. My suspension is in dire need of an overhaul. Our friend David recommended a guy named Diego a while ago, so we set out to find...