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From pedaling to paddling: a canoe trip on the Bowron Lakes

We find ourselves in the wilderness of Bowron Lake Provincial Park to paddle the famous 116 kilometer Canoe Circuit. Encompassing ten lakes, numerous waterways and nine portages it sounds like a perfect adventure for us. No services for the next seven days, just nature, primitive campsites and a few shelters. Let the fun begin!

Cycling South again: from Jasper to Quesnel

When leaving Jasper the rain follows us into the valley for our (for now) last continental divide crossing. Back in 2010 we've cycled this route too, but instead of cycling South towards Valemount we head further North to Prince George. Crossing the Fraser River we spot a couple of large Chinook Salmons, they have come a long way (almost 1400 kilometers) to reach this place, as did we (almost 29.000km!).

Top 5 Reasons why you should go cycling in Argentina

Many times people ask us what our favorite memory of this whole trip is (we're still on the road!), what was the best place, or what did we like most? There's no simple answer to that question. Memories of all the people we've met, all the places we've visited, all the amazing campsites etc. are going around and around in my head and I'm sure things will settle down in my brain someday. To help myself with the chaos in my head and to inspire other cyclists, we've decided to write up a few great memories of each country we've cycled through so far. A few reasons to visit each of these countries to inspire you! Keep reading to find out what we love about Argentina!

Epic Adventures

Most memorable stories from the road.

  • Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    Cordillera Blanca, Peru

    I love the mountains and I curse them. They make me happy and then again they suck the energy right out of me. But, there's something inside me that wants to concur them. Something inside me that tells me to go for it, to cross passes above 4500 meter altitude. I am the happiest person in the world once I've reached the top; yes, it's all worth it.

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  • Laguna route, Bolivia

    Laguna route, Bolivia

    "Isn't it beautiful?"
    The icy winds are slamming into my face, my lips are split, my toes are freezing cold and at over 4600 meter I am pushing my heavily loaded bicycle through deep sand.. I can't see the beauty anymore. I'm alone with my thoughts...

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  • Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

    Pamir Highway, Tajikistan

    I find myself deeply tucked away into my coat. My hat almost hiding my eyes, only the tip of my nose is visible and facing the cold air. In front of me is Elmar cycling exactly in the same way. The snow is blowing horizontally, straigth into our faces. I feel the flocks melt on my cheeks.

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  • Sossusvlei, Namibia

    Sossusvlei, Namibia

    It's still dark as we wait at the entrance of Sossusvlei. We've arranged a ride with the 4x4 drivers working at the famous dunes, since we cannot enter with our bicycles. It's a bit chilly, but we know it will be blazing hot again once the sun rises.

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  • Ladakh, India

    Ladakh, India

    Jeezzz, this is too much! It hurts.. I'm nackered. I lift myself up from the saddle and use my own weight to push the pedals round. With a last effort I manage to keep the cranks turning and I crawl further up into thin air. I can see the pass.., I saw it this morning for that matter! It's still 20 painful kilometers away from me. In the distance; the Tachlang La with no less than 5331 meter one of the highest motorable passes in the world. It would be so much easier to just turn around and quit, but I just won't...

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