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Entries from August 2014

laguna de mojanda

August 11th, 2014 · No Comments

it was another heavy cobbled climb out of otavalo to the lagunas. but after finding a rythem, it’s ¨not too bad¨, which was the only reply i could master when a motorcyclist stopped and mentioned that ¨this looks brutal¨.  i still felt i needed to climb higher to get a better view once i reached […]

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el angel páramo

August 10th, 2014 · No Comments

stocking up on supplies in tulcan, i was ready to hit the rather lonely road through the ecological reserve el angel. well described by other touring cyclists, the turn-off from the busy main road was easy to find and after some passing trucks on the first kilometers, the traffic stopped altogether in the second half […]

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mocoa to pasto and the last days in colombia

August 10th, 2014 · No Comments

starting into a rainy morning, the asphalt soon gave way to rocky gravel and though not very steep, the climb left little time to catch one’s breath. the road is still considered dangerous and was named “el trampolín de la muerte”. but this was before these crash barriers were in place. the weather was getting […]

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mocoa y el fin del mundo

August 9th, 2014 · No Comments

after arriving in mocoa, i just cycled the little distance out of town to the casa del rio hostel, which seemed like a nice spot for a rest day. but instead of resting, i set out with jesse from canada, who was staying in the same dormitory. goal for the day was the ‘fin del […]

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desierto de tatacoa

August 9th, 2014 · No Comments

the excitement was dimmed by increasing traffic after reaching the main road at chiquinquira and, getting closer to bogota, i began to doubt i chose a route far enough from the capital, as it felt as if i was passing through the industrial outskirts. but after half a day of sharing the road with lorries and cycling […]

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