Cycling in support of Limbs For Life

Cycling in support of Limbs For Life
Cycling in support of Limbs For Life

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

More of the same. Except totally different

I had been in Lapaz nearly a month. A bustling, deranged and truly fantastic city. It will always occupy a warm spot in my heart, as will some of the people I met there.

The Lapaz Casa de Ciclista. A cozy place set aside for  traveling cyclist. Amazing and odd all at the same time; just the way I like things. A big thanx to Cristian for concocting it all and going above and beyond.

Davie and I's room for our time there.

How you know you are in a place by cyclist for cyclist

Leaving town. Davie, Mike, Jo and Dave. Photo by Karen. 

Back to what we love. It took us 60 some odd Kms of pavement to get our tootsies back in the dirt 

She told me- It has been 12 years since the last train. I wondered if she is still waiting for someone.

I was just in time. They needed a 4th for hand ball

Into the out there

one of these rocks is not a rock

too small to even make coffee in

A fantastic state of decay...

An ancient lock. Installed with a machete and square nails.

 The two rails I seek solace in to guide my way 

Some deeper than others. I cross many a day

Chasing double track and dodging storms

Mario was my guide out of Okororo. Him and his young wife found me in a shack the evening before, during a down pour. They came back with hot tea and a lama wool poncho. Then were there to see me out of the pueblita in the morning.  A transcendent level of sheer kindness... almost tear inducing 

Volcano Sajama. the tallest in Bolivia. Sajama fo yo mama... Yea Ma, that one is for you.

This guy whispered to me: "Hey buddy, you might wanna drink from up stream". 

A beautiful Lama hair rope gate

The South American Beast of Burden and one rather dapper Sajama

Many places will have red doors or blue doors. Other than maybe lack of color choices; I have not figured out the significance yet

Sajama village grocery

I met a group of 4 French cyclist. We rode out to some geysers together.

In case you haven't seen my left ear in a while. Its still attached

Coffee water coming right out of the ground

Go in filthy... come out with no skin

couple'a trouble makers

No one out here but Davie and I, some Vicuna and a few Rhea

Once again. A trestle coming in handy

The military post at Macaya. Seriousness only

Riding across open land due to flooded roads.

Bumped into these. Still couldn't make coffee in them. Not comfortably anyways.

Not exactly prayer flags but a welcome splash of color

Like camping in the shire ghetto

One narrow bridge

Ben and I have been through the "Death Mud" on the Arizona Trail. I deemed this the "Insanity mud" It will drive you insane with gloppy frustration if you can not get through it quick enough. We slopped through, reaching dry ground just as I was giggling uncontrollably and having thoughts of eating it. Pitching out all my gear and replacing it with delicious mud.

 Insanity as far as the eye can see

This was a bit more doable. Just put in the earphones, crank up the tunes and try not to think of the life being taken from your components

An inland sea. The Salar de Uyuni. I've arrived too late in the season to ride across it. Beautiful non the less 

Where salt and water meet


  1. Your photos are brilliant. Well, so is your ride report.
    Keep on riding.
    Peace :)

  2. Amazing, must have been tough riding through that mud thinking about your fresh components.

  3. Loving all of this.

  4. Wow that mud looks thick but the photos are beautiful, love the couple that brought you tea! Abrazos fuerte amigo de Puerto Montt

  5. I love the details, like the llama hair gate rope. Fabulous stuff.

    Amazing seeing all that mud, too - the difference that a matter of a couple of months makes.

  6. Hi, I just meet your niece Jasmin at the environmental education center I work for Naturebridge. She was a participant and I am an instructor. I was telling her group about my upcoming cycle tour to China, she chimed right in saying that her uncle is on a cycle tour as well. She was very excited for you and told me all about what you are doing. It sounds and looks amazing.

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