Author Archives: Ned

Cartagena to Bucaramanga (1st-10th August)

Miles: 402 Biking days: 8 Punctures: 2 Gifts received: 2 cups of tinto (Columbian coffee), 1 giant Colombian biscuit, 6 bags of water, 5 ice lollies (2 coconut, 2 chocolate, 1 raspberry), countless shots of aguadiente, 4 beers, 1 Jehovah’s … Continue reading

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People, politics and a poet – scribbles on El Salvador

On our first night in El Salvador, we were asked how much we knew about the country. We had to admit, it was very little. Our journey through the country improved our threadbare knowledge dramatically but still represents a drop … Continue reading

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Back to school…

From 4th April: So here we are – in Quetzaltenango, or Xela. We have signed up for language school at PLQ, and will be immersing ourselves fully in Spanish for the next couple of weeks. Five hours a day tuition, … Continue reading

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Puebla to Oaxaca: 320 kms in four and a bit days (and cheers to an unknown bus driver)

Day 1 Puebla to Tehuacan (70km by bike, 4 hours 14 minutes and 70 km by bus – about 1 hour 30 minutes!) Day 2 Tehuacan to Teotitlan – 65 kms,¬† 3 hours 40 minutes Day 3 Teotitlan to Santiago … Continue reading

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Dia de los Vaqueros – bucking bulls on the rampage

We weren’t quite sure what we were letting ourselves in for when our hostel-owner, Ernesto, suggested we go to the Dia de los Vaqueros (day of the cowboys) in Zacatecas recently. It turns out we were innocently skipping off to … Continue reading

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There she blows…

Cycle-tourists are totally at the mercy of the wind when traveling on exposed desert roads. It can be blasting straight into your face, slowing your progress to a crawl, or filling your wide pannier-loaded frame like a sail, accelerating you … Continue reading

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Cycling Across the Mexican Border

So, coming to the end of our first week in Mexico and we havn’t yet shared¬†the story of our negotiation of the USA/Mexican border at San Ysidro. We wanted to do this partly to remember it for ourselves and partly … Continue reading

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California’s Cash Crop

One of the more common hazards for the cycle-tourist in Humbolt and Medocino Counties is the stoned driver. About one in every five vehicles to pass us leaves a pungent haze of marijuana smoke in it’s wake that fills our … Continue reading

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You Can Farm!

Becoming a farmer is a career-move on the increase in this part of the States. Rich and Val from Mossback farm are one of about 20 people we’ve met or heard about over here who’ve started out in farming completely … Continue reading

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Small-Farmer Solidarity

You used not to be able to move for small family farms in parts of the US but now, we’ve been told, they’re are being lost an alarming rate. Apparently over 100,000 small farms disappeared between 1996 and 2001. But … Continue reading

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