This post is just to figure out if everything’s working properly so I apologize for the lack of pictures and interesting material
We leave for South America in exactly a week, but instead of preparing for 3 months on the road I’m at a backcountry ski lodge in the Monashee Mountains of central B.C. In other words, the middle of the great Canadian wilderness. (For the 90 percent of Americans who have no idea where British Columbia is, it’s the province above Washington and Idaho.)
Anyways, back to this trip. Our plan is to bike from the northwest tip of Argentina, starting in Salta, all the way to the southernmost tip of Patagonia, to the region called Tierra del Fuego (the “land of fire”), ending in the town of Ushuaia.
3,000 miles is a bit of a trek. And the Andes are really high. And we’ll be crossing them a few times. Good thing I’ve actually ridden my bike a total of four times in the last four months. And hitchhiking is not an option. Wine and steak are cheap though, so at least we’ll be well fueled.
Before you think we’re completely insane, here’s Hemingway trying to explain why traveling long distances by bike isn’t as crazy as you might think:
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of the country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you and you have no such accurate remembrances of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”