‘Of all the paths you take in life, make sure some of them are dirt’
– John Muir.
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!
Hi, we are Pim And Nienke, two outdoor enthusiasts with a love for hiking, running, cycling and photography.
While travelling the length of the Andes mountains in South America, the idea of this website first arose. During our preparation we spent an incredible amount of gathering information on about almost anything that had to do with hiking, bicycle touring and bikepacking. Information about cycling routes, gear reviews, climate, visa, most beautiful hikes and so on.
Hiking and cycling weren’t new to us. We already had a fair bit of experience, however we felt we needed to prepare in detail for this one year endeavor. We needed information for independent travelers taking the roads less traveled.
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 .
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.
In my professional life I work on global water challenges and climate adaptation. Also during my travel I like to learn more on the societal and environmental challenges of the places we visit. Time just seems to fly by when researching these topics.
Time also flies when editing photos, developing websites and delving into all the ins and out of bicycle specs and outdoor gear.
You might find all that time back on this website in the travel stories and the articles I write and the photos I take.
Pim de Jong
My name is Pim de Jong, 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 to 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.
Our cycling route in South America
We started in Cartagena, Colombia and travel south all the way to Ushuaia, Argentina. We will bike through Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina. We follow some famous bike trails including the Trans Ecuador Moutain bike route, the Peru divide and the Carretera Austral in Chili. Every so often we will leave our bikes to make multi-day hikes.