Bermuda cycling – end to end to end

Saturday was Bermuda End to End. It’s a charity fundraiser where folks roll, stroll and splash across the islands.

I was coaching.

The next day I rented a bike ($40) and rode St. Georges to Dockyard and back to St. Georges. That was 9:45am to 7:00pm.

St. Georges

Unfortunately I crashed jumping a curb coming into St. Georges.

Scrapes on ankle, hip, elbow and face.

It’s been some years since I was last injured on a bike.


cycling the Carretera Austral, Chile do NOT post

During my two months in Patagonia 2018 I did a fair bit of research on a future cycle hiking trip.

  • what bike? (Surly Long Haul Trucker with 40mm tires is popular)
  • buy, rent or bring a bike with me from Canada?
  • exact route? (north to south via Chiloe sounds best to me)

I’d camp and hike en route.

The Carretera is far more popular now than when I did it in 2004 by bus / hitchhiking.

The Carretera Austral runs about 1,240 kilometers (770 mi) from Puerto Montt to Villa O’Higgins through (sparsely populated) rural Patagonia. …

This area is characterized by thick forestsfjordsglaciers, canals and steep mountains. …

Among the world’s finest road trips, the Carretera Austral – or “Southern Highway” – is a 1240km route through Chile that’s mostly unpaved. Winding through millennia-old forests, it visits dusty Andean hamlets and turquoise rivers spawned from landlocked glaciers. …

Cyclists should have the skills and materials to repair their own gear, and should plan on taking a solid month for the entire endeavor. According to Italian cyclist Tomas Balzk, the hardest part was not pedaling the terrain, but ingesting enough calories. …

Lonely Planet


Ancud, Chile with an iPhone X

I rented a bike and rode out of Ancud, Chile in search of the best empanada.

Screen shot from

boring empanadas cost $1. This EXCELLENT version was $5.

Since I’m carrying a dedicated camera (Elf) and dedicated camcorder (Vixia) I don’t often use my iPhone X.

As an experiment, all my photos on this post are from the iPhone.

seaweed drying

On my computer the iPhone original photos look better than the Elf pics. But do they look better once reduced in size for the web?

I’m not sure.

cycling Montevideo, Uruguay

In most Spanish speaking nations I would call this a malecón. A stone-built embankment or esplanade along a waterfront.

The Rambla of Montevideo is the avenue that goes all along the coastline of MontevideoUruguay … 

… over 13.7 uninterrupted miles (22.2 km) …

Tourists in Montevideo see the sights by walking, running or cycling. Cycling is best. There’s much to see along the Rambla.

I rented a cheap bike from the hostel one day. Two hours out I got a flat. One hour 20 minutes walking back.

Another day I rented a GOOD bike from the leading rental company. $10 / 4 hours. No flat.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.



I’ll coddiwomple to Patagonia

Goodbye winter. Average temperature in Mendoza, Argentina in January is 26°C (79°F).

Did I hear something about Malbec

I fly to Santiago today. Looking for the best hiking and cycling I can find.

Coddiwomple (v.): to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination