(The following account dates from way, way back in September… Much has happened since then, including a return to New Mexico, and an exodus to Ecuador. But before I can play catch up, this post concludes my attempts at dirt …[ Read More → ]
The amount of photos I take is always a good clue as to how much I’ve enjoyed a particular road. Looking back, it’s clear that the journey from Huaraz to Huancavelico was a roughly cut gem – and one of …[ Read More → ]
It’s a source of constant fascination, everywhere Kurt rides. Trails, dirt roads, pavement, sand… and even snowmobile tracks.
Old Peruvian ladies lean over and gently squeeze tyres, as they would a grandchild. Kids scuff their feet and mill around; coolness …[ Read More → ]
Ollantaytambo-Abra Yanamayu (4400m)-Occobamba-San Lorenzo-Quellouno (750m)-Echarate-Quillabamba-Santa Maria-Santa Theresa; approx 290kms. More route notes below.
At times as I ride south, the long wall of the Andes can feel impregnable and endless. I forget how easy it can be to simply toter …[ Read More → ]
On the assumption that it’s always interesting to riffle through other cyclists’ panniers, here’s my packlist for …[ Read More → ]
Ayacucho-Tambillo-Ocros-Andahuaylas-Laguna Pacucha-Quillabamba-Huancarama-Avancay. 400km.
(This route will be completely paved before too long; the diggers and steamrollers are tirelessly at work. Right now, only the turnoff to Laguna Pacucha until the last descent before Avancay are dirt sanctuaries. Although parts of …[ Read More → ]
Huancavelio – Luancay – Mollepata – Ayacucho. 220km. (205km dirt).
2 gringitos, 2 bikes, 150 000 Peruanos: we’re arrived in the relatively heaving metropolis of Ayacucho, after another 200kms of blissfully empty dirt roads, minuscule pueblecitos, and a hearty platter …[ Read More → ]
Huaraz-Conococha-Ticlios-Llaclla (hike ‘n bike)-Gorgolillo (hike ‘n bike)- Mangas-Poquian-Cajatambo-Mina Chanca-Oyon.
A brief missive from Oyon.
This past week, I’ve been riding with matchstick-thin, yet hard-as-nails Kurt Sandiforth. Kurt has been touring the world on dirt roads for years, quite apart from …[ Read More → ]