Peru!

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It wasn’t hard to get stuck in the Casa de Ciclistas in La Paz. A cosy place packed with many other great and crazy cyclists from all over the world. After ten days though, it was time to hit the road again and getting over to Peru. I teamed up with Paul, who just bought a bicycle in La Paz. To get out of the city we had first to climb from La Paz to El Alto, from 3600m to over 4000m along a busy road. That are not the best conditions to start cycle touring, but Paul did well and after … Continue reading

Bolivia – from the Altiplano into the Yungas

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A last view on the Salar de Uyuni. It had been one of the most amazing rides ever and I was unsure what would follow now in Bolivia, as I just had focused on the lagoon route and this massive salt pan. As well those two weeks were pretty tiring, physically as mentally. So I was glad when I had hit surprisingly a tarmac road soon after leaving the salt. I was actually prepared for another few days of gravel, as my maps indicated that, but Bolivia’s president Evo Morales has invested a lot into the infrastructure over the recent years, so … Continue reading

Bolivia – not an easy ride

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After a leg killing climb from San Pedro up to a 4600m pass, it went down to Bolivia. The border control wasn’t quite that what you would expect. There was just little shed – Welcome to Bolivia. After getting two stamps for a 60 day visa I could start the infamous lagoon route. I heard all those stories about the worst roads on the world and kilometers of pushing through sand. So of course I was excited, how it would really be. From the border a tailwind pushed me to the first of the many lagoons Laguna Blanca. The road … Continue reading

The last days in Argentina and Chile

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After a rest day in Fiambala I headed on. To be honest my motivation to cycle was quite low. Over the last two weeks I was always focused on getting over the Paso de San Francisco and that was done now. I needed a new goal. Luckily I bumped in to Luis, who was on the way back south to his home city San Juan. I joined him and we had two great cycling days. After more than two months of cycling along I enjoyed having some company, it’s so different to have conversation. When we reached a junction with … Continue reading

Chile: Cactuses, desert and a long way up

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When I arrived in Los Andes I had no idea where to stay. After having some tough days I was mentally ready for a break of few days, but as usually things worked out perfectly for me. While I was searching for a free open WiFi connection, to check if I got an answer from a Warmshowers hosts I had contacted a few days earlier, I bumped into a bicycle shop. I had to buy a new helmet, as my one disappeared on a campground a few weeks ago. One of the guys in the shops, Jaime, was really interested … Continue reading

Ruta 40 and over the Andes

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In Las Lajas I stocked up with food and left into the vastness of the Ruta 40. Lots of southbound cyclist I had met had taken a bus on this section. According to them it would be just too boring to cycle it. Well, I still have the intention to cycle every kilometer, so taking a bus has never been an option anyways. Remembering Australia, where I cycled over 3000km in the outback and still loved it, I couldn’t imagine being bored so soon out there. The Ruta 40 or in Spanish Ruta Quarenta is Argentina’s longest road and even … Continue reading

Heading north from Bariloche

The Nahuel Huapi Lake around Bariloche In Bariloche it was time for another longer break and again Yasko and I could stay in a Casa de Ciclistas. Thanks to Esteban, who opens his beautiful house for cyclists like us. It was s a bit away from the city center and first we were swearing about this location, as we had to climb up a steep hill on a pretty hot day when we arrived there. Another problem was to find his house. House numbers in Argentina apparently aren’t logic at all. But eventually we succeded and just crashed down in the … Continue reading

Carretera Austral

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The Casa de Ciclistas in El Chalten was exactly what I needed. As the name says it’s a house for cyclists. Florencia, who’s the owner, lets touring cyclists camp for free in her garden. As El Chalten is a bottleneck for cyclists in Patagonia, there were lots of people passing through everyday, some days up to 15. The kitchen was the center of the house. Here we cooked and ate together, information and stories were shared. I just loved the atmosphere and it felt a bit like a home. Also to be surrounded with the same people for a few … Continue reading

Through the Pampa

Through the Pampa When I arrived in Puntas Arenas I also reached America’s mainland for the first time. After those hard days cycling against the wind on a bad gravel road I was ready for some rest. I found a couchsurfing host, where I could stay for a night. Sleeping in a bed was just feeling great. My plan was to head on the next day, but the weather forecast said there would be winds up to 100km/h. I didn’t see me cycling in that strong wind und decided to stay another night on a campground. It was the first … Continue reading

Tierra del Fuego

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I had never thought, that this trip will get me to South America when I was at the check-in at the airport in Auckland, I had not really realized it either. As a child I was often starring fascinated on Tierra del Fuego on a map imagining how it would look like down there. And soon I would be there. Crazy feeling. I didn’t just cross the Pacific but also the date line, so was the date and time of the landing before the start. In Buenos Aires I had a 12 hour stopover, where I even had to change … Continue reading

Goodbye New Zealand!

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With leaving the South Island I was leaving behind also the most spectacular areas New Zealand’s and now I was riding for most of the time through endless rolling farmland back towards Auckland. Though it was eventually warm and it the summer had finally started. On some days it felt even nearly too hot for riding and I had to avoid the sun now. What I forgot first and I immediately punished with sunburn. It’s not easy and sometimes nearly impossible to find a place for wild camping in farmland, as there’s everything fenced and I didn’t want to jump … Continue reading

NZ – South Island – Part II

Not far from Invercargill is Slope Point, the most southern point of New Zealand’s South Island. From there it was going north again after cycling south for six weeks. It was cold, raining nearly all the time and the wind blowing as hell around me. My motivation was as low as it possibly could and that for the first time in a long time. I was wondering where the point is of keep riding. Somehow I was craving for the heat as in South East Asia. Probably every long time traveller has those days once in a while and luckily … Continue reading

NZ – South Island – Part I

About 22 kilometers long is the Cook Strait, which is dividing New Zealand’s North and South Island and connects the Tasman Sea to the South Pacific. According to Wikipedia it’s ‘one of the most dangerous and unpredictable waters in the world’.  Fortunately it was a calm crossing that day and we haven’t had to use the emergency vomit bags on the ferry. Three hours after we left Wellington we reached Picton. There we met another cyclist: Dean from Ireland, who I’ve met already two years ago in Dharamshala in India. I’ve never thought to see him again, but sometimes the world … Continue reading

New Zealand – North Island

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My year in Australia ended as it began: With a flight, even though I don’t like flying at all. Not that I’m scared of it, but it’s a too fast way of travelling for me. Not to mention it’s absolutely not environmentally friendly. For the 2000 kilometer a plane needs just three hours. On my bike I would have needed a few weeks for the same distance. Taking a boat over the Tasman Sea would have made much more sense to me, but there aren’t many possibilities. Joining a containership would have been a way to expensive and for a … Continue reading

Off to Sydney

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I was actually very motivated to keep travelling without another longer break, but the winter in the south of Australia is not the nicest time for riding a bike. For sure it’s definitely not that cold as in Germany in winter, but camping in rain and just 12 degrees is still not that enjoyable. I loved the endless and challenging outback, but I was a bit over the huge distances here. Between two interesting spots are very often just hundreds of kilometres nothing. And it’s not like in Asia, where the landscapes aren’t super exciting all the time as well, … Continue reading

Along the coast

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From Port Augusta it wasn’t far to Adelaide anymore. But I was a bit confused.  After all those months in the outback I it wasn’t so easy to deal with the busy traffic, even it wasn’t a big city. In a bigger supermarket I found myself wandering planless through the shelfs. But eventually the normality of those things is getting you back faster than you want. To avoid the busy highway I turned off towards the southern Flinders Ranges. It was a pretty steep climb as I was just used to the flatness of the Stuart Highway and it was … Continue reading