(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 Peru. Overall, it’s working out nicely. The gear I’m carrying is keeping me comfortable at altitudes of up to 5000m, come rain or …[ 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 …[ Read More → ]