biking at 4,000 m

5 03 2010

so, you probably haven´t biked at 4,000 m. so let me tell you a few things about it. breathing is a good thing. and doesn´t come easy. each day i wake up and stretch, i am out of breath halfway through the first stretch. we´ve seen people arrive up here in buses or airplanes needing to be immediately escorted to an oxygen machine to keep them going.

our lips. are dry. and then we put cream on them. and they`re still dry. stefan´s lips have cracked over so many times i think you can probably see 5 layers of dead skin by now.

there are still mountains. up here. peaks of 6,000. those are the ones with snow on them. the ones that haven´t lost snow already due to global warming.

the people. are incredible. bolivia has some of the most incredible people we´ve met on this trip. and they sport some excellent winter clothing made of alpaca. the food made of alpaca is another subject.

this is one of the most fascinating places we´ve been for the entire trip. and boy do we have stories….


Fun times in the Altiplano

3 03 2010

Well it has been just a lovely week for us out here in the Bolivian altiplano.  From washboards to mud to many rivers without bridges, we have truly experienced bike touring as a way to get places where even heavy trucks can´t make it.  To whit:

Now if only my camera was waterproof, you could also see the glory of the two of us huddled beneath a tarp strung between our bikes for an afternoon as Pachamama dumped a freezing rain upon us.  Cheers!  🙂

beard trim!

3 03 2010

friends in the amazon!

25 02 2010

row-off on lake titicaca

12 02 2010

practicing for fiesta de la candelaria

12 02 2010

the blessing of cars in copacabana, bolivia

12 02 2010