In the Reserva Ecológica El Ángel, on Ecuador’s border with Colombia, a legion of velvet-leafed frailejón appear and disappear in the páramo mist, as it rises and falls across the tundra like an ocean tide.
I ride alone, stopping to … [ Read More → ]
I count Cotopaxi National Park amongst my favourite places in Ecuador – and even South America.
Sure, it’s not exactly off the beaten track, popular as it is with climbers attempting to scale the perfectly conical Volcán Cotopaxi – up … [ Read More → ]
I haven’t had the chance to update the blog recently. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t been riding…
Between living the good life on the farm in Palugo, the dirt road obsession continues. For the most part, I’ve been … [ Read More → ]
This is just a reminder that I’ve set up a Tumblr Edition for While Out Riding, with more of a photographic leaning than the standard website. It can be accessed via the homepage, or at the top of the menu … [ Read More → ]
Following on from our Quilatoa loop, Nancy, Sage and I merged forces with the Dammer brothers and their extended family tribe. In any shape or form, this would have been a wonderful outing. In any shape or form, our first … [ Read More → ]
Bus to Latacongua/Zumbahua then bike Quilatoa – Chugchillan – Isinlivi – Toacaso
So… despite the ride being officially ‘over’, I’ve found myself back in South America once more. It seems I can’t escape this continent. A free return air ticket, … [ Read More → ]
Thanks to round-the-world motorbikers Bernd and Heidi for creating these route profiles – which are handy on this rollercoaster stretch.
Bernd and Heidi were heading north, so for bikers rolling south, you’ll need to read these jagged profiles from right … [ Read More → ]
Tortoise-like internet connections and a temperamental Mac are hampering blog updates these days. I’m now settled in to my guesthouse in Cajamarca, resting up after crossing the border into Peru, the first instalment of which is recounted here – an … [ Read More → ]
In my obsession to jettison weight, the panniers have now gone. The theory? A light, sleek bike opens up a whole new world of dirt touring scope, as well as simply being more pleasurable to ride. Seek out singletrack. Bunny … [ Read More → ]
With a few days in hand before my camera’s rejuvenated once more – fingers crossed – I figured I’d take a break from the saddle and hop on the bus to Cuenca.
Travelling by bus is quick. Just three back-to-back, … [ Read More → ]