We love this quote. It helps us to remind that not every road we take is smooth and paved. 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!
We are Pim and Nienke from the Netherlands. While traveling the length of the Andes mountains in South America, the idea of this website first arose. On this website, we share our enthusiasm and experiences in ways of travel stories, good to go information, gear reviews, and inspirational photography to facilitate the independent traveler seeking outdoor adventure.
My name is Pim, the second half behind www.outdoorroamers.com. I’m a physical therapist in my professional life. In my spare time I like to run, cycle, hike, watch sports on TV, spend time in the kitchen and from time to time do absolutely nothing. Out of my ever-growing love for the outdoors, I came to the conclusion that I want the outdoors to be part of my professional life as well. I don’t want to feel caged in my day to day indoor life.
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, about the water column of tent fabric, efficiency of camping stoves and any other apparently useless statistics.
However, it does not beat being outside and roam 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.
My role is to write gear reviews, travel stories, provide you with technical information and have fun while doing this all.
Cycling in South America has been an incredible experience. 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.
For my work, I research and write about water issues and climate adaptation. And also during my outdoor adventures, I like to learn more about the environment and the impact of climate change on the places I visit. You might find some of that information back in the blogs.
We started in Cartagena, Colombia and traveled south to ‘the end of the world’ in Ushuaia, Argentina. We 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 coronavirus, we paused our travels in South America and returned home earlier than anticipated.