Uruguay
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...
Colombia 2, Uruguay 0

Colombia 2, Uruguay 0

Before     During     After     from San Juan de Pasto, Nariño, Colombia
¿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
Points west

Points west

About a decade ago, our friend and former colleague Reb told us last week over a drink, you heard a lot more British accents in Buenos Aires. In the mid-2000s, many young Britons came to the city – some for extended stays, including two friends of ours – in order to explore and experience a...
Month 4

Month 4

10 October – 9 November 2013 Countries Uruguay & Argentina (total 4) Distance 247.71km (total 3,697.70km) Climb 870m (total 29,332m) Longest day 55km, pootling about in Buenos Aires (longest so far: 139.04km) Top speed 44.2kmh (62kmh) Punctures 1 (total 10; Will leads 8-2) Boats 3 (total 20) Planes 1 Steaks We’ve lost count Hours of Spanish...
Snaps - October 2013

Snaps – October 2013

We’re ending each month by posting about a dozen snapshots of things we haven’t previously detailed here. Below, you’ll find a few pictures from October. You can find our snaps from past months by clicking here, and assorted other images on our Flickr page.     Judging by the state of this one, seemingly abandoned...
In Montevideo

In Montevideo

Along the route we travelled between Uruguay’s northern border and its southern coast, 350km of asphalt on Rutas 8, 12 and 60, the road passes through just two towns with populations larger than that of the Royal Albert Hall on a busy night. The Uruguayan interior holds few surprises, and the few travellers who head...
Juan, Pablo, Jorge y Gringo

Juan, Pablo, Jorge y Gringo

Calle Dr Tristán Narvaja, Montevideo     Calle Cerrito, Montevideo     at the Montevideo International Book Fair     from Montevideo, Uruguay
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...