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From Pasto to Ipiales - actually to Las Lajas (Saturday the 4th)

Sunday, 12 May 2013 | Views [1186]

It's my birthday in exactly two weeks - hope to be at the Ecuadorian Coast, eating fish and ice cream. Sorry it doesn't sound right in combination, but everything at the right time. Which does not include (at least for me) Guinea -pig. This is the new ... Read more >


Pasto on the 2nd of May. ( though the journal keeps hurrying me - saying it is already May 3rd)

Friday, 3 May 2013 | Views [771]

The town Pasto as we ride in from above - just like "Chistobal de las Casas" in Mexico and "Medellin" in Colombia. Why do we like to compare what we don't know with what we think we know: This is just like Mt Tam, Marin - this landscape reminds me ... Read more >


In a village called Chachagui close to Pasto, but yet so far away

Friday, 3 May 2013 | Views [665]

I am saying this, because there is a huge mountain between the village of Chachagui and the town of Pasto. We stopped early, in fact, since we left Popayan we stop early every day. It seems like James and I take turns feeling not quite "up to snuff".... Read more >


We rode to Popayan (on the 26th a Friday) and beyond.

Friday, 3 May 2013 | Views [983]

We spend all Saturday in this cute little white housed town. The hostel is run by a family in a colonial house near the main Plaza. We basically stayed in their house in their room and cooked in their kitchen. Did laundry and got some stuff done while ... Read more >


Silvia

Sunday, 28 Apr 2013 | Views [675]

Antonio had the idea to weigh our bikes on one of those truck weigh stations on the PanA. Highway. Here is the result: together James and I including bikes weigh 250kg. James rode off the scale and left was 125kg. (me and my bike). Amazing how J. and ... Read more >


Cali to Cali. (22nd of April)

Sunday, 28 Apr 2013 | Views [429]

Yes, indeed - we rode from CALIfornia to CALI, Colombia. Our most generous host family in Tulua drove us  out of town (meaning they showed us the way with the truck) send us on a flat aimed highway to Cali. The day before was spend in our ... Read more >


Tulua on the weekend

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [802]

The next day cycling was beautiful, sunny...lots of gentle climbing. We decided to take a smaller, longer side road with a promise of less traffic. Climbed amongst the coffee plants after riding the flats for a while for warm up. We climbed another 1200m, ... Read more >


The day after - Armenia (4th and 5th of April)

Wednesday, 24 Apr 2013 | Views [423]

Pay back time! Our destination after the rest of the descend from the infamous Alto de la Linea was a nice place to stay and recoup. Armenia with the help of the Lonely Planet provided just that.  A sweet little hostel away from the center. Very ... Read more >


Photos: Home in Marin

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Colombia after CA

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Alto de la Linea or "A right of Passage?"

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Views [1479]

  The bar of what is "too hard" or maybe even unacceptable  is getting raised each time I make it through something I didn't expect or - at least- I thought I can just tuck it away and move on -beyond the experience - and get stronger.... Read more >


Talk to the hand (April 14th)

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Views [476]

We reunited with our bikes, made some repairs, figured our way out of town and then I had a conversation with my body:  What, we are doing THAT again?I thought we were done and you went back to riding sanely on the weekends with your pretty little ... Read more >


Leaving home again (we spent four weeks in CA, left our bikes in Bogota)

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Views [604]

A mixture of excitement - can't wait to leave. But also the tugging of my heart strings - I wanna stay and be with my loved ones- home. It hurts like it hurts. The idea of building a life, a home is close, fuzzy and warm. The thought of it is more ... Read more >


Arriving in Bogota, March 1st and 2nd

Friday, 19 Apr 2013 | Views [530]

After climbing the last 1053m from Guayabal de Siquima where we -shortly after we left- reconnected with the diesel trucks on the big highway snaking through the high mountains and basically "landing" on Bogota's high valley platform. Pretty damn cool ... Read more >


Photos: Bogotá

Saturday, 9 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery


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Not enough thrill.

Saturday, 2 Mar 2013 | Views [666]

Medellin- Bogota. Rio Claro (22 of February)   The next day we equipped ourselves with flash lights and started off with another couple and a guide. First we had to cross the fast river holding on to a rope. It had rained all night and the ... Read more >


Rafting

Saturday, 2 Mar 2013 | Views [561]

Medellin- Bogota. Rio Claro (21-22 of February) Yes, it was fun and wild rafting the river. Really not difficult but very entertaining. When the guide is having a good time - all are having a ball. We stopped at ropes to jump/swing into the clear, ... Read more >


Arriving at Rio Claro

Saturday, 2 Mar 2013 | Views [1311]

Medellin- Bogota. Rio Claro(February 20th)   A sunny early start after we had breakfast in the room of our cheap hotel and headed out in expectation of a pretty mellow day with not much climbs as we were heading to the valley for the biggest ... Read more >


Medellin to Bogota

Saturday, 2 Mar 2013 | Views [591]

 (Tuesday 19th of February)   Manuel from Casa Ciclista Medellin (it was actually located in San Antonio de Prado- about 15km south of M. IN the mountains and UP the mountains)told us the climb will be gentle and it was. We left Medellin, ... Read more >


It's hard to be lazy when the sun is out (Santa Fe De Antioquia 10th-12th of February)

Tuesday, 19 Feb 2013 | Views [657]

    We spent the rest of Sunday eating and when we crawled out of bed Monday morning we didn't have far to go to the main plaza. Our little "on the edge" hostel was right around the corner. That little fruit stand had already smiled ... Read more >


Santa Fe De Antioquia - 10th of February.

Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | Views [1101]

It got hot and steep. The road didn't improve, but the traffic appears to be less in the earlier part of the day. We stocked up with some basic foods in Dabeida and headed for the mountains - continuing this crazy climb up to over 2000m. Slow, very slow, ... Read more >


Heading into the mountains on our way to Medellin

Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | Views [881]

After sunshine comes rain....well, the road into the mountains of Columbia started to disintegrate - only partially paved we started climbing, crossing big rivers partly on funky bridges, pretty bad roads. The sun behind some dark clouds, the rain getting ... Read more >


Born to be wild

Thursday, 14 Feb 2013 | Views [757]

Wednesday the 6th of February. Turbo is a filthy, busy place. We got out of the boat, put our bikes together and left in a hurry. Full of energy, happy to be alive and ready for action. The road has us back, it's paved, it's sunny and we are in ... Read more >


Photos: Colombia

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