We love this quote. It helps us to remind that not every road we take is smooth. Even more so, we like to choose the unpaved roads which offer a challenge. Be it on the bike, while running or in life itself. The dirt roads, although slippery, bumpy and often uncomfortable, eventually get you to the best places.
There is a beauty in the simplicity of traveling by bike. For us, traveling by bike provides the perfect combination of adventure, exploration and freedom. In our opinion, it is the best way explore a country and to go beyond the city streets and familiar tourist hotspots.
On this website, we share our enthusiasm and experiences in ways of travel stories, good to go information, and gear reviews for those seeking outdoor adventure.
Cycling in South America has been an incredible experience so far. With a background in geology and a love for mountain landscapes in general, traversing the Andes by bike is not a bad place to be… I love those remote roads high up in the mountains where time seems to stand still.
Next to my enthusiasm for outdoor sports and to visit planet earth, I am passionate about my professional work as a writer/consultant to provide solutions for the water, climate and sustainability issues of today and tomorrow. And also during our travels, I like to learn more about the environment and the impact of climate change on the places we visit. You might find some of that information back in our travel stories.
I’m a physical therapist in my professional life. In my spare time I like to run, cycle, hike, cook, and from time to time do absolutely nothing.
Before buying any piece of gear, I have a natural tendency to read up on all the gear reviews I can find. I am always curious about technical information and try to find the best value for money on any item. I can spend hours and hours searching the internet digging up any piece of information I can find, even on something like hiking socks.
I get enthusiastic about nerdy stuff like bike gearing and frame geometry, the water column of tent fabric, the efficiency of camping stoves, and any other apparently useless statistics.
However, it does not beat being outside and roaming the outdoors. To be physically active in many forms but preferably surrounded by mountains. Cycling, running, hiking, (cross country) skiing, snowshoeing, it doesn’t matter. I like it all and want to do it all, year-round.
On this website, I write gear reviews, and travel stories, to provide you with technical information and have fun while doing this all.
We started in Cartagena, Colombia, and traveled south towards ‘the end of the world’ in Ushuaia, Argentina. We followed the spine of the Andes Mountains and cycled through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Argentina. We followed some famous bike trails including the Trans Ecuador mountain bike route, the Peru divide, and the Carretera Austral in Chile. Every so often we left our bikes to make multi-day hikes.
Due to the Covid19 pandemic, we paused our travels and returned home earlier than anticipated. ….to be continued!