Brazil
Start spreading the news

Start spreading the news

Villa Laurinda, Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 10am, 20 July 2013     640 days, 17 countries and 28,683km later…     Battery Park, Manhattan, New York City, USA 2pm, 21 April 2015     Made it.     from New York, NY, USA
South America redux

South America redux

click here for a larger version of the map Continents 1 Countries 9 Nights 408 Days of cycling 186 Distance 15,297.62km Climb 148,577m 100km days 49 Punctures 23 Broken spokes 4 Chains 5 Touring cyclists encountered 66 Passport stamps accumulated 56 Bottles of sunscreen used 8 Socks lost 3 Headphones broken 5 Hospitals & medical...
¿Para beber?

¿Para beber?

Following yesterday’s post on what we’ve been eating on the road, here’s a selective A-Z of what we’ve been drinking in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.     Agua Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay Of course.     Aguas saborizadas Argentina Literally, ‘flavoured waters‘, although that rather stingey term doesn’t do them justice. Numerous brands sought...
¿Para comer?

¿Para comer?

Breakfast: two plain scones with butter and dulce de leche; Nescafé Snacks: halva bar; banana Lunch: three beef empanadas; grapefruit squash Snacks: ice cream; walnuts Dinner: steak with chips (Will) or salad (Ruth), or pasta with indeterminate sauce; small beer The nutrition pages of cycling magazines turn food into chemical formulae, with capital-p Performance as the desired...
How to ride a bicycle, part one

How to ride a bicycle, part one

from Mendoza, MZ, Argentina
Month 3

Month 3

10 September – 9 October 2013 Countries Brazil & Uruguay (total 4) Distance 1,510.87km (total 3,449.99km) Climb 9,403m (total 28,462m) Longest day 139.04km, Pelotas to Jaguarão in Brazil Top speed 57kmh (fastest so far: 62kmh) Punctures 4 (total 9; Will leads 7-2) Broken spokes 1 (total 2) Boats taken 1 (total 17) Horses ridden 1 each...
Snaps - September 2013

Snaps – September 2013

At the end of each month, we’ll post about a dozen quick snapshots of things that caught our eyes but that we haven’t previously mentioned here. September’s selection is below; clicking on each image should bring up a larger version. You can find our snaps from July and August by clicking here, and many other...
The spaces in between

The spaces in between

Most tourists crossing the border between Brazil and Uruguay do so at Chuí/Chuy, heading either to or from the apparently beautiful Uruguayan coast road that runs unbroken to Montevideo. We chose a different route. Border towns can be dusty, somewhat seedy places, but Jaguarão is thoroughly pleasant, a modest, sleepy, neatly gridded settlement dotted with...
In Porto Alegre

In Porto Alegre

The approach to Porto Alegre was not a journey we were anticipating with any great relish. The major roads, we were told, grow filthy with trucks as you near the city, while staying off the main arteries would force us through neighbourhoods we’d do well to avoid. A little research, though, revealed an alternative, a...
The view from up here

The view from up here

A photograph much like the one at the top of this post is largely responsible for us changing the route we’d sketched out in advance. We’d planned to ride east from the city of Curitiba to Foz do Iguaçu, then head more or less south to Buenos Aires. But in a Curitiba bike shop about...
Bless our cotton socks, we're in the news

Bless our cotton socks, we’re in the news

Pottering around the appealing small town of Urussanga last Tuesday morning, we made our way to the tourist information office, housed in a former station. A couple of hours passed very easily in the delightful company of Henry and Hevelise, first in their office and then in the ice cream parlour opposite. Via Henry, we’ve...
Month 2

Month 2

10 August – 9 September 2013 Countries 3 (Brazil, Argentina & Paraguay) Distance 1,346.93km (total 1,939.12km) Climb 13,533m (total 19,059m) Longest day 132.48km, Bairro Itapocu to São José in Brazil Top speed 62kmh Punctures 4 (total 5; Will leads 3-2) Broken spokes 1 (Will) Boats taken 9 (total 16) Horses ridden 1 each Dead snakes found...