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Araucanía – The Monkey Puzzle Trail

Araucanía – The Monkey Puzzle Trail

Leaving Villarrica, Panthea and I rode north into a quietness. In part, we’d lost our lively companion Cass. Moreover, our pace matching changes in landscape and season, we found ourselves sinking – synching – into an autumnal stillness. With our return home to urban chaos imminent, perhaps I was finally savouring the here and now … Continue reading

Los Lagos, and a Huilo Huilo bikepack

Los Lagos, and a Huilo Huilo bikepack

Tired from our cold, windburned, existence at the bottom of the continent, Panthea and I were excited to board a plane and be whisked 1500km north, to Puerto Montt – the gateway city to Patagonia. From here, we headed north, away from Patagonia, through the Chilean Lakes District . In the first weeks of our … Continue reading

Beach riding at the bottom of Patagonia

Beach riding at the bottom of Patagonia

Bitter at having spent too much time on paved highways, slogging in the wind, since El Chaltén, I spent a considerable amount of time staring at Google Earth in Puerto Natales. If you ask any locals, there is only one way to get to Punta Arenas, short of crossing back into Argentina: the highway. We … Continue reading

Crossing Parallel 49 (South)

Crossing Parallel 49 (South)

We’ve come a long ways since my last post. It’s not that there haven’t been stories to tell, but the Carretera Austral is probably the most popular long-distance cycling route in South America. Its trajectory is well documented. The route becomes particularly stunning south of Villa O’higgins, the terminus of the Carretera Austral. Here we … Continue reading

Postagonia 3 – Real big glaciers

Postagonia 3 – Real big glaciers

Side trips can be hit or miss. Each out and back requires hours of riding that get us nowhere nearer to our destination. But when the sun is shining, and we ride past glaciers spilling down off massive to peaks to 150 meters above sea level, I’m reminded that it’s never been about the destination. … Continue reading

Postagonia 2: Bikepacking Paso Las Pampas

Postagonia 2: Bikepacking Paso Las Pampas

Just about every step of our detour away from the Carretera Austral, across the Andes and into Argentina remained shrouded in uncertainty right up until the point when our tire tracks stretched along the road. Or track. Or path. For starts, the road we took south of Corcovado, Argentina, was not on any of our … Continue reading

Bullwinkle the Surly ECR – a parts list.

Bullwinkle the Surly ECR – a parts list.

I built my Surly ECR up with a mixture of parts I definitely wanted, and whatever second hand parts I could find to fill in the gaps (to get some quality outside my price range). I built the wheels myself, with new parts except for the second-hand Rohloff Speedhub. Otherwise, used parts dominate among the … Continue reading