Follow the bikers of Going South on their adventures though the Americas.
In spite of the violence and the sordid happenings in La Bulla, the work is well organized in teams where everyone has a specific task. The “law of the mine” is one of brotherhood and trust between comrades of the same team; the lives of each miner highly depend on the efficiency and collaboration of the teammates at work.
The second Venezuelan project was the Bulla Hoja de Lata. A bulla in Spanish is an agglomeration of people making a lot of noise and scandal, and it is the popular term in Venezuela to describe what happens when someone finds considerable amounts of gold: people from all Venezuela and the neighbor countries come in mass in an uncontrolled and feverish gold rush.
Finally made it into San Francisco - the last few days were incredible - some of the most stunning coastal scenery I had ever seen, all enhanced by amazing weather and sunsets every night. Cycling over the Golden Gate Bridge (no fog just amazing sunset) was one of the highlights of the trip - superb!
The photos and video make the ride down the Northern Coast of California look incredible - it was amazing to get out of the forests and back on the coast, but the constant swtichbacks, up and downs, and lack of shoulder to ride on almost broke me to tears. 6400km so far and hurting still....
Riding through the Redwoods has to be one of the most awe inspiring experiences on a bike. The mere size of these giants is enough to make your head spin.
Cycling through the Avenue of Giants made us feel very small. The Redwoods are the largest trees in the World and riding a bike for 30 miles through the forests was an awe inspiring experience.
Here are a few shots of the our ride down the Oregon Coast - I had been looking forward to this part the most and it didn't disappoint - the Land of the Goonies - one of my favourite films!!
Approaching the 6000km mark, Alex and I left Corvallis and headed directly west to Newport on the central Oregon Coast. From there it would be 1100km south to San Fransisco, along the Pacific Coast, the stretch I had been looking forward to the most.
Before leaving Venezuela we decided to film 2 “projects”. We actually call them like that due to our very limited English. They could be considered realities we film, where we interview some people, just because the place impacts us. Obviously the goal is not to film in a professional way (since we are far from being professionals), and we don´t spend several days informing ourselves about the situation and planning the takes. We just enter, film as best as we can, we offer our impressions in front of the camera and we interview some local people that give light on the topic.
The first such place (project) was a rubbish dump, although during the footage we called it “rubbish place”. I know it sounds ridiculous, but we did not have our dictionary handy, and probably with the hurries we wouldn´t have bothered to check it anyway.
During our stay in Manaus we took the chance to visit INPA (National Institute for Research in the Amazon) and LBA (Large Scale Biosphere-Atmosphere Experiment in Amazonia). We had the great opportunity to meet and interview the director of INPA Dr. Adalberto Val and the second most cited scientist in the field of climate change Dr. Philp Fearnside.
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