Follow the bikers of Going South on their adventures though the Americas.
We arrived at our goal, Ushuaia, the end of the road and of the world, with mixed feelings. We felt happiness of having reached our goal and soon seeing friends and family again, sadness of leaving freedom on the bicycle behind.
Looking back at the travel it has been a wild mixture between wonderful encounters, great landscapes, environmental disasters, courageous and innovative people, roaring glaciers, lush forests, steep climbs and winding roads.
We have been surrounded by friendly and helpful people. We have been gliding around in the sun in some of the coldest and rainiest places on earth. We have hardly been sick and never stolen. We have been lucky maybe but mainly I believe this is the standard when choosing a life on the bicycle. The life can not be easier then when the biggest thing you have to worry about is a broken tire and when every day is filled by exercise, excitement and new encounters.
It has been a great trip!
For my birthday the 20th of december we had a wonderful rest from the cycling in our rainy and cold route next to the Andes. In Esquel we took a bus and crossed Argentina from west to east in a overnight bus to arrive the next morning in the warm and sunny Puerto Madryn at the Atlantic coast from where we went to Peninsula Valdez.
Soon after we left the maritime wonderland at Peninsula Valdez we entered another astonishing area. We crossed the Andes at Futalufu and started out on the among cyclists and adventurers legendary Carretera Austral. I had feared this stretch of the trip as autumn was already in the air and the area is known for beeing extremely cold and rainy.
After 8 Amazing months, Asa and Javier have finished their trip in South Amrica. The crew of deepeei film productions has met them in the most southern tip of Argentina. Ushuaia.
We finally arrived back in the civilization again, in Salta (Argentina). Having our clothes washed, a good shower and hearty meals after a tuff off-road ride through the south of Bolivia.
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Cycling through the large salt flat Salar de Uyuni in the south of Bolivia was a truely eerie experience. With its 12 000 sq km and 10 billion tonnes of salt it is the worlds largest and out there in a whole world of white salt we faced completely new challenges. The navigation had to be made with only the sun and the compass to guide us, the sun was incredible strong as reflected by the salt at 3600 m height and at times we had an almost psychedelic feeling of loosing sense of time and space. There were just us, our bikes, the blue sky and the waste white emptiness where only a slight crushing of the salt under our tires was to be heard.
We were entering the Salar in Colchani. Heading west to make the 70 kilometers across the salt to reach the coral island Inca-huasi, we wanted to use the shelter of the island to spend the night there and to see the famous cactuses that are practically the only vegetation. As we were approaching the island it slowly started to grow out of the horizon like a giant mushroom.
In the afternoon the wind was growing stronger and stronger and as it was not in our favor we were happy when finally reaching the island and we even got a room to sleep in. There was a big window facing the salt flat and a big mattress on the floor. We sat down in the floor boiling our pasta while watching the sun go down impressed by the otherworldly beauty of the place. he floor boiling our pasta while watching the sun go down impressed by the otherworldly beauty of the place.
After three weeks in Peru and almost four months now on the bicycle (closing up to half of the trip) I can’t help being astonished by how beautiful and diverse this travel is and has been and how it seems to be better and better all the time!
Everything is going well here in the southern route. We left the Amazon about 10 days ago, after climbing from 200 m to 4725 m of the Pirihuayani Pass, from a very nice jungle to the glaciers of the Nevado Ausangate. It has been very rainy, so the route was very muddy, there were several landslides and consequently also many road blockings. We were delayed quite a bit, stuck in the middle of nowhere, but it was a very interesting and authentic nowhere.
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.
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