Ecuador
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...
Month 12

Month 12

10 June – 9 July 2014 Have we really been gone a year? Apparently so. Thank you for reading this far. Countries Ecuador & Colombia (total 9) Distance 1,089.02km (total 13,591.79km) Climb 20,234m (total 126,163m) Longest day 96.49km, Latacunga to Quito in Ecuador (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 67.4kmh (fastest so far: 67.4kmh) Punctures...
Snaps - June 2014

Snaps – June 2014

Aside from yesterday’s lengthy Quito post, we haven’t written much here about our month in Ecuador. We suspect our typically ordinary photographs may not illustrate quite how much we enjoyed it, but enjoy it we did. (As always, you can find past posts in this monthly ‘Snaps’ series by clicking here.)     As soon...
In Quito

In Quito

It sometimes surprises us how many of the cycle tourists we meet regard Latin America’s big cities as obstacles to overcome or annoyances to avoid. It shouldn’t, perhaps. Not everybody is as predisposed towards city life as this pair of Londoners; indeed, many riders are drawn to Latin America chiefly for the opportunities it affords...
Crossing the line

Crossing the line

In alphabetical order: Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Indonesia, Kenya, the Republic of the Congo, São Tomé & Príncipe, Somalia and Uganda. The Equator runs through the land masses of 11 countries (though not, curiously, Equatorial Guinea). Ecuador, however, is the only one named after it. Several hundred years ago, it...
It's all in the game

It’s all in the game

Watching on television in rural Ecuador, the World Cup looks the same as it presumably does back in London. But, of course, it sounds a little different: Or, as David Coleman would have put it, ‘3-1.’ We suspect we may be hearing rather more of this sort of thing in the coming weeks. (Related: ten...
Month 11

Month 11

10 May – 9 June 2014 Countries Peru & Ecuador (total 8) Distance 1,608.68km (total 12,502.77km) Climb 22,730m (total 105,929m; Will commemorated the 100,000m landmark on a traffic pole using a Sharpie; pictured above) Longest day 138.12km, Chuquicara to Trujillo in Peru (longest so far: 160.11km) Top speed 64.1kmh (fastest so far: 66kmh) Punctures 2...
Straight into the confectionery stall and out again

Straight into the confectionery stall and out again

In ‘Mountains of the Mind‘, an elegant cultural history of our relationship with the world’s tallest peaks, Robert Macfarlane explores a concept that, embodied in a single word, is key to understanding our attitudes to epic summits. The concept, writes Macfarlane, ‘revolutionised both the perception of wild landscapes and contemporary attitudes to fear’. He continues:...
Snaps - May 2014

Snaps – May 2014

A dozen or so photos from the digital equivalent of the cutting-room floor. Clicking on any image will improve the resolution, but sadly won’t improve the quality of the photography. For past months in this ‘Snaps’ series, click here; and find literally hundreds more where these came from on our Flickr page.     The...
Forks

Forks

From Huaraz, the main gateway town to the astonishing Cordillera Blanca, there are two main ways to reach Loja, the first city of any consequence in southern Ecuador. If you turn right after Yuracmarca, you’ll take a winding mountain route through Cajamarca and historic Chachapoyas before crossing the border on to a badly maintained road...