Airolo, Swiss Alps. I had a very tough ride that day of November 2015, going uphill all day.. But, when I found this truly AWESOME camping spot, I forgot everything!
Last couple of days in Colombia. Close to the borders with Ecuador. July 2016
I went to a hostel, in a small Colombian city called Popayan. I needed some time to focus on a University essay and submit it in 5 days. I missed the deadline. I stayed 38 days in that hostel. For the first time in my life I was writing furiously, non-stop ― personal notes, feelings etc. . Result: 80.000 words in 16 days, and then editing and uploading. On day 33, Jhana comes into the dormitory, from Colorado, packing her stuff and talking to me for the first time: Wanna live an adventure? Well, I am writing you know, here, first time… – Come on, let’s go hiking. Next day: Volcano Purace, incredible.
There are some places in all South America, where touring cyclists can be hosted for free. Here I am in Tumbaco, Ecuador. I stayed there for a month, because I needed to spend some time at… the dentist.. I had plenty of days to write my blog posts, and just be creative. For this pic, I spent 5 hours. Putting the bike up there, experimenting with the light… I needed four flashlights (2 in the tent and two under the tree)!
For 4 nights I was the highest sleeping human of the Earth. Closest to the stars than anybody else! And no, I am not in Everest, I am in Mount Chimborazo, Ecuador ( http://tinyurl.com/tadatadaaa). This is the view from inside my tent!!
On my way to Chimborazo, Ecuador. This photo looks like a painting, no?
Close to Ibarra, entering Ecuador.
Sleeping in the woods. Stargazing – timetraveling. Top secret location
After 11 very hard kilometers in Highway(!) 12, along the coastline – on the sand. Outer Banks, North Carolina, USA. January 2016 (I must have jumped more than 25 times!)
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro, Europe, November 2015.
Hi there, what’s up? At this very moment I guess it actually happened. My first flat tire in 8000km and 11 countries. Ecuador, July 2016
The Very White House. Washington DC. January 2016
Reached Richmond after lots of snowfall but just one fall 😉
Someone stole my pannier bag! I made a new one. Waterproof, durable, modification-able, less than 7$! Ecuador, September 2016
With Mike. First touring cyclist I ride with after 4 months of travelling. Florida, February 2016
6000 m above sea level, but only 300 from the highest point on planet Earth. We had to stop because of high avalanche risk ☹ Mt. Chimborazo, Ecuador.
Anaconda!!! In the Amazon jungle, Yasuni National Park, Ecuador, October 2016
Italy without Pizza?! November 2015
Paris, December 2016 – Let’s do it!
This one right here doesn’t really look fancy or special BUT it is the story behind that matters. The friends I made in Bogota, where I spent one month, made me a farewell party and they wrote me a message in Greek! it was also there, in Bogota, I adopted my Latin American surname (Angel Garcia – I use it unofficially). It is the surname of Ana Milena, the first person that hosted me in this part of the world. Mother of Manuela, who I met first time in France. April 2016
In Tumbaco, close to Quito, capital of Ecuador. I made a solar oven to cook for free WHILE riding. You can check this: https://youtu.be/BLMuHzy0NbI!
Bogota, Colombia, 25 March 2016. Triple celebration. Greek National Day, Grandma Adamantia Birthday, last day staying with Ana Milena (family lunch).
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