First of all, I’d like to offer a big apology for not finishing the blog properly. It’s always a bit annoying when people return home from a big trip and then never get around to writing the last blog posts. It leaves so many unanswered questions, doesn’t it? Whatever happened to Chris and Dea? How … More So, how did this story end?
CHILE, 9th-21st January 2020 The descent was as amazing as we’d hoped. 3,200 metres of altitude in all, first through a fairly narrow canyon but then opening up into the most extraordinary vast landscape as the mountains fell away behind us. We glided down on the smooth asphalt road, its perfect surface making the free … More #127: The driest place on Earth
CHILE, 1st-5th January 2020 Looking back now, 2020 began as it meant to go, with a pretty miserable rainy first few days for us. We were high up in the Chilean Andes on the Vicunas Route, a challenging and very remote dirt-road route that was made a lot more difficult by the rain. On the … More #126: A challenging time on Ruta de las Vicunas
Sorry there haven’t been any new blog posts for a while. I know what you’re thinking – lockdown should have given us the best opportunity to write and catch up with the blog. But… I preferred to write about something else. You see, I found my notes from a hitchhiking trip I did way back … More Lost in Europe
Hello again. Just a reminder in case you missed the last post, that the events described here occurred several months ago, when Corona was still just a tasty Mexican beverage. We are now both safe and well in the UK, and taking the opportunity to write our story down. You may read it if you … More #125: A Christmas to remember
Hey there everyone, hope you’re all doing okay in this crazy new world of ours. We are both fine, safe and well and back home in Europe. This is a blog post that I wrote a few weeks ago, about a time when we were cycling in South America even longer ago, when everything in … More #124: Rememer 2019? It was actually pretty awesome
PERU, 22nd November – 8th December 2019 “I’ve done it!” I shouted out as Dea pedalled up towards me. We were nearing the top of the highest pass of the trip, around 4,800 metres above sea level, high in the Peruvian Andes. It had, I assume, been a long and tough climb, although I hadn’t … More #123: High points
PERU, 5th -21st November 2019 I stretched the bright blue sports tape around my thumb, rubbed it on thoroughly and tried opening my hand. The tape protected my thumb, like the doctor (a friend of my parents) I had Skyped with the day before had suggested. It felt good. After examining my hand via the … More #122: Highs and lows
PERU, 3rd-7th November 2019 “You’re very tall,” I said to Max as I welcomed him off his bus from Lima onto the busy streets of Churin. His was very tall, surprisingly so (that’s why I said it), but I hoped he didn’t take it the wrong way. It was, after all, the way I greeted … More #121: The Apprentice
PERU, 28th October – 1st November 2019 It turned out I was not very good at cycling without Dea. It had been barely an hour since we’d said our first goodbye and the 12 kilometre cycle to Margos was not going at all well. I’d failed to restock on water before leaving town, thinking I … More #120: How the hell did I ever manage to do this alone?