Arriaga’s heat and Ventosa and its slight breeze

After leaving the customs checkpoint right as the sun reached its appex, we headed towards the town of Arriaga in what has to be one of the most extreme heats I had yet to experience – possibly with the exception of riding in Honduras towards the town of Choluteca where I think it hit 41C, […]

Not just another border crossing

So crossing into Mexico from Guatemala, which I’ve done probably a half a dozen times, is usually a simple affair. Not so this time around. Just as a little background and context – I am a dual-national holding a US and Mexican passports. I would obviously enter Mexico on my Mexican passport, which I did, […]

2WC Part Deux – Looping the Isthmus

Hello Everyone, A good friend of mine, Alfonso Perez, whom I met last year while riding in Ecuador on my first adventure told me that I’d know I’d been bit by the Adventure Bug if before I had finished that trip, I was already planning my next one. Well, I must confess, I got bit… […]

Mid-Point Gear Review

I thought that since I’m nearing my mid-point in my ride that I would talk a bit about some of the gear I’ve been using and how it’s worked up to now. I should note that some of the gear I will be reviewing was in fact afforded me under a sponsorship agreement with the […]

Tena – A river runs through it

As I rode towards the town of Tena in Ecuadorian Amazon, I had an incredible ride through tropical rain forests. One incredible track that stands out is a ride of some 20 kms all riding next to a roaring river with vegetation so rich as if it was about to consume the narrow two lane […]

Into the Amazon

This was an entirely unplanned twist in my adventure. After all my research and planning, it was but for the Alfonso’s suggestion that I decided to literally take a left rather than head strait on my path. I headed out around mid-morning out of Quito after swinging by to Alfonso’s to pick up my bike […]

Quito- Colonial Architecture, turned the corner, and a new friend

Arrived in Quito after a few hours ride from Otavalo, just as I’ve done in many cities thus far – not having any idea where I’ll put my head that night. My routine now is to arrive into the city and find a nice spot to stop and be able to do a couple online […]

Tropical Depression

As I ride into Ecuador and near the 0 degree latitude, I’m culminating a few days of rain and dark skies. I’ve been now in Otavalo, a little town known for its artisan market a few hours north of Quito and I’ve had nothing but gray, cold, rainy wet days. The hostel I’m staying at, […]

Reflexions on Colombia

Well, as I’m on my way out of this wonderful country, it’s only appropriate that I jot down some of what I’m feeling and experienced in this wonderful country. On traveling and safety. Like many of you, I had my reservations and concerns about traveling in Colombia because of the cartels, drug traffickers, the FARC, […]

Popayan – The White City

I had initially not planned to spend much time in Popayan, but the timing worked out for me to be there for the Kick-off of Droguerias Alianza’s ERP project and my colleague’s trip, so I ended up staying several days. The city was one of the main centers of culture, wealth, and economic affluence during […]