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Further reading - Books about Latin America

Further reading – Books about Latin America

It probably goes without saying that there’s a vast supply of terrific books about Latin America. As we discovered during a visit to Oaxaca’s Amate Books, the best English-language bookstore we found in the Spanish-speaking Americas, we could have spent the last 18 months reading worthwhile volumes solely about Mexico and we still wouldn’t have...
Cycle Touring Festival, May 2015

Cycle Touring Festival, May 2015

About three weeks ago, we mentioned the launch of the Cycle Touring Festival, organised by fellow long-distance cycle tourist Laura Moss. The list of speakers and panellists has now been announced, and it’s an impressive collection: among those present will be Emily Chappell, currently cycling from Anchorage, Alaska to Seattle (and our favourite cycle blogger);...
Parish notices, January 2015

Parish notices, January 2015

Sooner or later, every cyclist touring South America enjoys a virtual encounter with Neil and Harriet Pike. Enthusiasts and evangelists for high-altitude cycling, hiking and climbing, the British couple are responsible for Andes by Bike, a definitive database of mountain routes in Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina that’s become an online Bible for any cyclist...
Last, we take Manhattan

Last, we take Manhattan

As much as this trip might seem to be meandering along with no real purpose or end in sight, we now know when we’ll be coming home. Tickets purchased, we’ll be heading back to London from New York City towards the end of April 2015, and are aiming to arrive in New York about a...
Parish notices, August 2014

Parish notices, August 2014

As we’ve mentioned here before, fellow cicloturistas Paddy and Laura Mottram were kind enough to meet with us in London before we set out on this trip, patiently answering our questions about their own 14-month tour around South America. Laura has now written a book about their journey: ‘Ipanema Turtles’, which we’ve just started reading,...
Parish notices, May 2014

Parish notices, May 2014

Throughout this trip, we’ve been tracking our daily distance and elevation gain. Now, we’ve finally got round to posting the data on this site. To put it mildly, it’ll be of scant interest to the majority of our readers, which is to say those of you not currently touring or planning a tour through Latin...
Parish notices, April 2014

Parish notices, April 2014

In the unlikely event that you haven’t read enough ill-informed articles by us about South America, there are now a couple more elsewhere on the internet. We’ve recently contributed a pair of short pieces on Latin American football to Libero, a splendid new digital football travel guide run by our old friend, colleague and football...
Parish notices, January 2014

Parish notices, January 2014

Followers of this blog may have noticed our occasional posts about other touring cyclists we’ve met during the course of this trip. We’re hoping to photograph and write something about every cicloturista we encounter, a small attempt at documenting the variety of two-wheeled touring traffic that’s constantly on the move throughout the Americas. We’ve now...
Parish notices, October 2013

Parish notices, October 2013

We realise that our original route map is essentially unimprovable. However, we’ve at long last had a chance to put together a couple of Google maps – one to Brazil, one to Uruguay – that show where we’ve actually been and how we got there. You can find links to the maps on this page,...
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