18 January 2013

Colombia hiking

we took a week off from the bikes to explore Parque Nacional Los Nevados.

rocky trail goin up up up

enjoying some lower GI distress trailside

pull the stem out of the avocado and squeeeeze out the goodness

first night's camp

the fog came and went every few minutes, opening and hiding a new view every time

still sick

silence, walk with care.  this is the home of the wind, the water, and the bunnies.  true dat.

laguna otún

night 2

as you may know, any adventure with me involves leaving the trail.  susi is not a fan

paramillo santa rosa

havin an arepa in front of paramillo quindio

rainbow kiss

cookin oldschool style with my tuna can stove

night 3

at around 4300m elevation

nice trail.  naturally i found another route

nevado tolima

follow me to the hot springs!

colombian cowboys

wacky primitive plants

brushing teeth with a view of a smoking, snow-covered volcano.  check.

extreme moss climbing challenge

welcome to the jungle

and like that we were back in the city

and i was breakfasting with a monkey...

10 January 2013

Colombia, again

Back in Colombia, I set to work on making the most of December and getting ready for a transition back to my bicycle.  That's right, back on the bicycle :)

Making natilla on the fire-- a mix of milk, sugar, flour, and spices made during Christmas season

Esmeralda's birthday starts with cake fresh from the wood-fired oven

spanish practice :)

adrian and cat

bike frame is back from paint.  hott yellow!

Manuela is learning to unicycle...

Birthday cake!  big 3-0

long lost brothers?

they made me a great piñata!

white russians fo my birthday

2 yellow horses :)

getting ready to head out on tour

leaving san antonio

cars for sale

if you've read tom sawyer and have a cool bike, you can get this guy to ride it up the mountain for you

we're in indiana!  or are we?

alena and hardy from germany are headed from alaska to argentina

how many germans does it take to close a saddlebag?

traveling back in time

tatanka, in amarillo pollito.

camping at an abandoned army base

the road gets rough

potato harvest

road gets rougher

now it's just a trail, but a nice one

abandoned country home

now we are following the cows

time for bridge jumping

russian import

chiva AKA bus escalera.  mountain transport

after 2 hours of hard climbing, we hop the bus

dizzying drops off the road edge.  routinely the driver hangs a wheel over the abyss

morning in aguadas

super duty, colombia style


long way down and back up the other side.  an afternoon's work

ice cream earned

salamina doorways

beautiful morning for a climb

monstertrucks from green bay, wisconsin in manizales at the fair

drug store!  with drugs!

20 bananas for about 55 cents.  yesss pleeeeeease.
more adventures to come :).  it feels good to be abck on the road, if only for a month.