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Last day riding in Bolivia

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At the western edge of the Salar de Uyuni we luck out with Pocket Earth finding helping us find a way onto a road without having to push through a lot of sand.  We ride up onto the pier just…

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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The Salar de Uyuni is the world’s largest salt flat and is located on the southwest edge of Bolivia near its border with Chile. The flats are located at an elevation of about 12,000 feet and cover more than 4,000…

Stopover ~ Singapore Style

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Stopovers. In our experience, they’re generally a waste of time, money, and effort. At various times we have decided to break up a long flight with a stopover in, say, JFK, and I have to say, they never live up…

Potosi and southwestern Bolivia

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Potosi seems like a nice town…I hadn’t expected much when I heard it was a mining city.  The central plaza is lovely and there are lots of old buildings reflecting Spanish architectural styles in Potosi.We only stay one night,…

La Paz, Bolivia

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La Paz is one of the highest big cities in the world, resting in a big bowl of land and the surrounding hillsides at between 10,500 and 13,500 feet.  The day we ride in from Copacabana, and take the ferry,…

Enticing Mui Ne

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We pulled into town on the afternoon bus from Saigon. Heat waves shimmered off the pavement, and the smell of pungent fish sauce assaulted our sinuses. Saigon, our entry point into Vietnam, had been sheer chaos. Amazing, intriguing, delicious and…

Lago Titicaca, Bolivia

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Lago Titicaca is the largest lake in South America and is said to be the highest navigable lake in the world.  In other words, it’s big.  And it’s the loveliest shade of deep sapphire blue.After crossing into Bolivia, we…

Crossing into Bolivia

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It’s the usual drill really, crossing from one country to another.  The only difference we notice today is the huge numbers of people traveling by bus who are crossing from Peru to Bolivia and back the other way.  Oh, yeah,…

A Chance for Gratitude

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“Oh crap, she did it again!” Jim hastily rolled down the windows for a refreshing breath of fresh air, intent on dissipating the overwhelming scent of Aspens seemingly never ending gaseous emissions from the back seat. Our little family was…

Pisac, Peru

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After you’ve visited Machu Picchu, most other ruins might not seem as impressive. Sort of like having the best meal ever and then going for a PB&J…. We leave Cusco after a few lazy days and decide to head into…

Machu Picchu

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There are several ways to get to Machu Picchu, and all of them sound like great options. We can ride the bikes out to Santa Teresa and then either ride or hike or take a taxi to the Hydroelectric dam…

Cusco, Peru

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Cusco is a beautiful city from what I remember of my trip here 4 years ago. Sure I remember all the tourists and the shops and pushy sales people and massage therapists on the streets, but I also remember the…

Across southern Peru

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After stopping for lunch in Nazca the town, we keep moving on the PanAm that has now turned east and climb up and out of the desert dunes to the high mountain plateaus of southern Peru.Not far out onto…

Lima, Peru

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Lima is a city of 8 million plus people and from what I remember from a brief visit a few years ago, it was lovely.Other riders and ride reports have been warning us for months, suggesting we “avoid” Lima…

From Huaraz to the coast of Peru

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In Huaraz we are able to catch up for a night with James from Pedaling for Pennies, a man riding from the USA to the bottom of South America to raise funds for cancer research. We have a nice dinner…

Icarus Complex

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Fun is a relative term. That’s why some people’s favourite roads are what others would call “bad”. The road, to use the term loosely, to Batopilas from Urique is one of those roads I think everyone can agree is bad,…

Shop: ‘dare2go’ Photo Calendars

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It’s been relatively quiet here with updates recently, but that doesn’t mean we’ve been lazy… From our vast collection of photos, we have selected images to publish as PHOTO PRODUCTS for you to buy! Proceeds from this project will support…

Canyon del Pato, Peru

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Canyon del Pato is one of those places that overlanders are all told to be sure to put on their “must see” lists. We decide to take a couple of days to ride the canyon and camp inside thanks to…

A Leap of Faith

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The drive west on Highway 26 appears paved in gold. Lined with thousands of trees displaying a dozen shades of red and gold, the wet road reflects the multi-hued colors, creating the appearance of  a golden pathway leading to weekend…

All I Need

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The rain pounded on the roof, wind gusts of over 60mph causing the camper to sway. A slight whistle sounded through the vent, even as our collective breathing fogged the windows. Pacific NW camping during a storm. An excellent idea!…

Cajamarca, Peru

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We spend two nights in Cajamarca and try to make the most of it by seeing some of the town and the surrounding area.  It’s a lovely high mountain city surrounded by small villages and centuries of history. As with…

Leymebamba, Peru

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The road to Chachapoyas was a two-lane asphalt road, and a great ride as it followed the curvy edges of a winding river. We left the river to climb some switchbacks to the town itself and stayed a couple of…