Monthly archive December, 2013
Răzvan, Cristi, Simon, Michael, Oliver, Monika, Robi, Winnie & Alfonso

Răzvan, Cristi, Simon, Michael, Oliver, Monika, Robi, Winnie & Alfonso

Our prediction that we’d run into more cycle tourists now we’re on the well-travelled Ruta 40, one of South America’s most iconic roads, is proving correct. It’s helped by the fact that while apparently every bike tourer within striking distance of Argentina is heading south for summer in Patagonia, we’re going in the opposite direction,...
Feliz Navidad

Feliz Navidad

In Argentina, they don’t hang about passively waiting for Christmas Day to arrive. The evening of Christmas Eve is when the main festivities take place; or, at least, that’s when the family that owns the posada where we’re staying choose to celebrate. On 24 December each year, they host a Christmas dinner for their family...
Tommy & Joris

Tommy & Joris

Those with long memories may remember our meeting on Brazil’s Costa Verde with delightful Swiss couple Christoph and Sonja, less than 300km into our journey. At the time, we knew that most cicloturistas in South America tend to stick to the west coast, hewing close to the Pan-American Highway. Even so, we assumed that it...
Difunta Correa protege mi bici

Difunta Correa protege mi bici

The story goes that in the 1840s, a young man from the province of San Juan was conscripted to fight in the Argentine Civil Wars. His distraught wife, María Antonia Deolinda Correa, went looking for him in the desert towards the province of La Rioja. When she ran out of water, she died of thirst....
In Santiago

In Santiago

We’ve always been a little dismissive of initiatives that temporarily close city streets to motor traffic. Most of those we’ve seen seem to be unsatisfactory and slightly ill-considered, their limited scope offering little in the way of encouragement to novices who may be interested in riding on a regular basis. London’s annual Sky Ride, for...
Month 5

Month 5

10 November – 9 December 2013 Countries Argentina & Chile (total 5) Distance 1,417.88km (total 5,115.58km) Climb 3,666m (total 32,998m) Longest day 142.26km, Rosario to Marcos Juárez in Argentina Top speed 47.2kmh (fastest so far: 62kmh) Punctures 1 (total 11; Will leads 8-3) Boats 0 (total 20) Planes 1 (total 2) Appearances on local TV and...
How to ride a bicycle, part one

How to ride a bicycle, part one

from Mendoza, MZ, Argentina
Dem bones

Dem bones

A year ago today, I was woken at about this time with a nudge. A Miss Ruth Jarvis was on the phone, I was told; could I come to the desk to take the call? Although drowsy, I knew I couldn’t do any such thing. The telephone was in the Homerton University Hospital in East...
Snaps - November 2013

Snaps – November 2013

This month’s collection of point-and-click snapshots with asinine commentary follows below. In the unlikely event you’d like more of this nonsense, click here to see our snaps from past months, and  click here to visit our Flickr page.     Grand from the outside and elegant within, Buenos Aires’s Teatro Colón draws plenty of foreign...