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Mail from Lesotho

The suffocating heat of the Transkei region made us decide to abandon the coast and head to the old british enclave surrounded by South Africa. Once we reached the town of Underberg, at the foothills of the Drakensberg range, we started pedalling through the steep and rocky trail that led us to the top of the iconic Sani Pass, one of the highest […]

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Mail from South Africa

TO BE TRANSLATED… SORRY. Ep, com anem?   Quant de temps, eh… Espero que tot bé. Jo, després d’un llarg parèntesi laboral i familiar, al gener vaig encetar la tercera i última etapa de la volta al món. Em va costar una mica tonrar-me a acotumara la vida en ruta, però després de 3.200 quilòmetres i tres mesos d’hostals […]

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Mail from Ushuaia

Hey! What’s up? I’m writing from the southernmost city of the planet, Ushuaia. This is the horizon towards where I started pedalling three and a half years ago, when I set off from Alaska after having having ridden all Eurasia from West to East. It looks, then, that I’m done with the second stage of […]

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Through the Atacama Desert

When I arrived in Chile I decided to move away from the cold and high roads of the Andes and pedal along the desert fort a while. Once in San Pedro de Atacama, I started following the Pan-American highway towards the city of Calama, once the capital of the saltpetre mines and now the capital of the copper ones. After stocking up […]

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Across the Salar de Uyuni

Next to our incursion into Los Yungas region we returned to the Altiplano. In the town of Oruro we stopped two days to plan (with the help of a very useful PDF and the website Andes by Bike) the section of Bolivia that made me more excited: the Salar de Uyuni and the department of Potosí. After Santiago de Huari we arrived […]

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The Death Road (and beyond)

From La Paz we set off for Carretera de los Yungas, sadly known as the Carretera de la Muerte (Death Road) due to the large number of accidents that occurred until 2007, when an alternative route was finally opened. The Death Road worked as the only connection between the Altiplano and the jungle. It is a dirt road […]

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Mail from Bolivia

Ei! Com va això? Jo ja paro per San Pedro de Atacama, on aprofito la calor del desert per recuperar-me de tres mesos força intensos… A pocs quilòmetres de deixar el Perú i els seus suplicis, ja vaig notar alguna de les millores que m’esperaven a Bolívia. Per exemple: pedalant cap a la frontera, alguns dels camions […]

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From Ayacucho to Lake Titicaca

After spending New Year’s Eve in Ayacucho as planned, we decided to start 2017 with an improvisation: instead of continuing following the Andes, we would make a detour to the jungly region og VRAEM, a part of the country that still suffers from the consequences of the armed conflict between the Peruvian state and the Shining Path.   Malgrat les […]

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The Huayhuash and the Central Sierra

From Huaraz to Ayacucho I followed a part of the so-called Peru’s Great Divide that I found in Andes by Bike. Compared to the dimension of Peru it was not a very long stretch (a little more than 1,000 kilometres), but the  the rainy season, the mud, the thin air and the accumulated efforts made me sweat for five whole weeks… […]

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