It has been a while since we have written something juicy in the blog, too bad! But we have been doing and thinking a lot of stuff. We have decided to take a break from cycling WAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!! No it's not that bad, everything is alright, Jut a small gap from October to January, (3 months, 92 days, 2208 hours, 132480 seconds without my bike).
As we can imagine or we would like to imagine;) you all are wondering what has happened? Why are they taking a break? Problems with the bike? Health? Family issues?
Let’s start from the beginning, there is more than one reason to do that and even though the trip was thought at the beginning as 'a one go trip' it came very natural the idea of breaking it into 2 parts: North America (Alaska-Panama) and South America (Colombia-Argentina).
So why is that?
|wrapping our bikes up for the winter nap|
Money. After 1 1/2 year on the road we started to see the bottom of our piggybank more and more; although we have worked few times, it might be not enough to carry on the rest of the trip with the money we have left, so it's time to work a bit. We found an organic farm for hard, well-paid seasonal job and we took it!
Another strong thought was related with the length of the trip; it is not going to be 2 years as we estimated at the beginning, but more than this, we like to loop around too much :) We lost this class where the teacher explained "the shortest distance between point A and piont B is a straight line". And so our families are starting to feel abandoned (and we miss them too!); they can't afford to come to visit us and either we could go and visit them (unless we earn the money ). So the money we are going to get working, is going to be spent partially in going for Xmas back home to give the biggest of the hugs to our families, before we fly back to our bikes to keep pedalling down South.
Another big plus to stop is that the closer we are getting to the Andes the more info comes about when is the best time to go into these mountains, which is obviously in the dry season, which starts within a month and lasts until May. After being happily soaked during the rainy season in Central America we thought is time to dry the cloth a bit, isn't it? So to our understanding there is no point of going up there when it's cloudy and rainy if we are going to be missing all the beauty of those giant mountains as they'll be covered with clouds. The dry season in Peru starts in May so if we start pedalling from the North of Colombia in January we will be in Peru at the end of April so it makes sense the break in here too.
South of America will take us between 12 and 13 months to cycle it, roughly and it's very important to take this number into account because the gap with reasonable cycling conditions, down in Tierra de Fuego, and is very short. From November to February, the rest of the year is COLD and WINDYYYYYYYY! So if we start cycling in January, we'll get down there just in the middle of their short, but surely beautiful summer.
The next thing we had to sort out was a "nursery" for our babies; where and with whom we could leave the bikes for such a long period of time. Ideally we need a place in the northern Colombia where we will be starting to pedal in January, but to find a spot there turned to be impossible. My mother came up with the brilliant idea of leaving the bikes in an orphanage that belongs to the same organization that she works for; unfortunatelly it is located in the centre of the country, so we took a bus from Cartagena, where we agreed we are going to start to pedal to Medellin, where the orphanage is. It was great to meet the sisters who are going to 'babysit' our bikes and they can't be in better hands. In January we will go back to them where hopefully they will allowed us to spend few days with them while I fix the bikes.
They actually need quite a bit of work: new cassette, chains, cables, housing, brake pads, tire, truing wheels and perhaps even replacing chain rings if the new chains skips the old ones; new grips too, which are present from our good friends Kasia and Jarek. It's going to be wonderful change for my wrists! Since we left Alaska I've been struggling with bad grips and sore wrist, thanks guys! I know It's going to take me few days :) but they have to run smoothly we go to climb the Andes. I have arrived in Medellin with my bike in the worst condition it has been, flat tire for the last week pumping every few hours, all the inner tubes I had are gone and the last one was losing air from all the patches it has; I guess the glue with the hot temperatures didn’t work. In Colombia there is no way to find a 700 38C inner tube they just don’t sell them I've been in 3 major cities in all the bike shops I found and the same answer in all of them 'try the shop that is .... They may have them' You know what No! They don’t have them! So if you come to cycle anything further down from US, DON’T go with 700 wheels as we did or think about carrying a lot of spares inner tubes as I’m going to get in Spain :)
So my friends that is basically all the reasons why we are taking a break and perhaps if we are around where you will be we could meet up; is been a while since last time isn’t it? And if not we will need to wait a bit longer to give you a big hug:)
Hopefully during this break we are going to be catching up with the blog to have it fully updated for the second part of the trip South America!