During my trip back home, I managed to replace a few things that had taken a good battering so far on the trip. That included the 35L dry bag that I use to store my tent and sleeping bag which had reached the point where it was only mildly water resistant as it had so many holes, the bell which had lost one of it’s sides back in Cancun, my laptop battery which lasted barely more than 90 minutes instead of the 6 hours originally, and the sunglasses that had been crushed in a train door a
I arrived in Bogotá knowing I’d not be cycling for a little while so was happy to cycle round on my days off. Bogotá being quite bike friendly and Oscar, my host, loving to ride helped too. The highlights were going up to the local hill of Monserrate to get a great view of the city, visiting the simply amazing Museo del Oro (museum of gold) and going to a Millonarios football game. As well as that we went to the botanical gardens and rode around enjoying the ciclovía
We had had a few enjoyable days off in Loreto. It was the first Spanish settlement in Baja and is the start of ‘el camino real’ (royal road), a series of missions that stretch up past LA. It seemed like the go-to place for Americans to winter in Baja. One of the main draws is for the fishing, but it’s a pretty little town that we got to know every street of during our time exploring.
If I’d been riding by myself, I’d have been up earlier with the goal of getting towards
When it ges cold it’s crucial to keep your extremeties warm. For my feet, I have a pair of booties made by Gore and I trust them to keep my hands warm too. They are cycling gloves, which is evident by the medium level of padding found in not only their fingers but also the palm. They are made of polyester and combined with a breatheable Gore windstopper material to keep hands warm. I’ve used them down to around 10f (-15c) and they were warm enough when combined with a thin pair of
Most cycle tourists aim to follow the seasons so they avoid cold weather. There are obvious exceptions, such as those who decide to cycle through Siberia in the middle of winter, but generally it’s much nicer to cycle when there’s not a biting cold outside. Even with the best planning, if you’re on the road long enough you’ll end up somewhere that’s a bit cooler than you’d hoped. If it’s just a day of freak weather and you have the time, you can sit out