South America

Bike Tour – Uruguay

We had one week in Buenos Aires before our flight back to the United States and our “No Plan Plan” meant that we could do anything that would take about a week and keep our legs in shape for the upcoming Race Across America (remember, we’re training for RAAM?!). A […]

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Bike Tour – Patagonia

I woke up in El Chaltén, fairly hungover from the previous day’s liters of wine, and stumbled out of the bus terminal to this. The southern stretch of our Patagonia adventure would not include much biking but we replaced it with hiking. We spent several days camped in El Chaltén […]

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Bike Tour – Central Chile

Step 1: Register for Race Across America, the World’s Toughest Bicycle Race Step 2: Train for Race Across America, the World’s Toughest Bicycle Race Train? Oh yeah…well…can we at least make it an adventure? Let’s go bike tour around South America…who’s in? Oh, and can we have sweet mustaches?!? Ryan […]

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Lima, Peru

After hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu I was looking forward to heading to the coast, slowing down, enjoying the beach, and catching up on work. Brandy and I landed in Lima, grabbed a cab downtown, and checked into a Bed and Breakfast in Miraflores, a neighborhood that reminded […]

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Hiking The Inca Trail

Compared to the Appalachian Trail hiking the Inca Trail was like flying first class with a personal chef and a chauffeur to carry your stuff. Back on the Appalachian Trail a gourmet meal included cold instant mashed potatoes and a Snickers bar. On the Inca Trail I dined on delicious […]

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Northern Peru

I climbed in a Volkswagen van, pulled the door shut, and settled in for the 6 hour ride to Peru. After backpacking South America for 2 months and I finally felt at home in a Westfalia campervan. I’d enjoyed hanging out with Ben and Brian for two weeks in Vilcabamba, […]

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Vilcabamba

I checked into Hostería Izhcayluma and another traveler greeted me with “Hi, how long are you staying?” “Just two nights”, I said. She replied, “Oh, good luck with that, you’ll be here longer, this place is magical.” I ended up staying almost 2 weeks. In the parking lot I noticed […]

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Cuenca

After spending a week exploring the Galápagos Islands with my brother I was back to rolling solo. Tyler caught an early flight out of Guayaquil and I hopped on the 4:00 AM bus to Cuenca. The road meandered through lush green mountain highlands and led into town shortly after sunrise. […]

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Digital Nomad Packing List

If there is one thing that I learned from thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail, it’s take less. I’d rather be underprepared than overpacked. Underprepared often results in temporary discomfort while overpacked is a constant pain in the back, literally. I learned that the hard way. After starting the Appalachian Trail with […]

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