More than two years have passed since I completed a cycling trip around the world. After that, I did not cycle again. That is, until this summer, when I began organizing cycling tours through * the Patagonian region of Argentina. I was both anxious and excited to once again relive that wonderful experience that “traveling by bike” creates.
Finally after 167.510 km I completed the round the world by bike journey. Here I tell you one of the saddest episodes I lived in the last stretch of the tour of my country, and how EXCITING was the day of my arrival. And of course, I also tell you about my new projects after 16 years of travel.
Patagonia Argentina is one of the most impressive places to cycle. The road between San Martin de los Andes and Trevelin is the perfect itinerary for those who decide to travel by bicycle for the first time. And if you are looking for more authentic routes or those that demand you the most to test your body, your mind and all your bicycle traveler knowledge, Patagonia Argentina can also satisfy that need. Have a tea, and travel with this story to one of the most beautiful and most challenging places on the planet.
Friends, with a mixture of joy and sadness, I announce that this “Round the world trip by bike” is coming to an end. On October 29th 2017, I will reach the Obelisco in the city of Buenos Aires. which will symbolize the finishing line of this life experience that during the course of 16 years has taken me through more than 100 countries. RIDE WITH ME this last kilometers through Av. Libertador or welcome me in the Obelisco. Come and JOIN me in this celebration! I’m inviting everyone who wants to be part of this story, be it due to their passion for cycling or because they firmly believe in their dreams.
I knew a little bit from Chile, since I had never been in this country. The image that the Argentine has of the Chileans is not always disinterested, and vice versa. Historically, Argentina and Chile have had territorial conflicts and due to the passion for football we have always faced each other. But beyond going to meet the Chileans, what really took me there was pedaling the mythical Austral Road a big challenge in the cycle tourism world
After more than 15 years pedaling throughout all the continents, I arrived in Argentina totally excited, Finally my bicycle tour around the world was taking me back to my country, despite my very bad health condition due to The last trail pedaled through Bolivia. During my travel by the Argentinean northwest, I experienced the public health services at Hospitals, and faced the reality of the most forgotten places and started knocking on doors looking for sponsors.
From “Uyuni” my path continued throughout one of the most breathtaking views on the planet, “El Salar de Uyuni” and “Reserva de fauna andina Eduardo Avaroa”. To get into this 500km that extends between 3600-5000m above sea level, with temperatures as low as -15°C, has been one of my major challenges. Despite the roads have been insanely rough, where you regret, fuss, yell and cry, undoubtedly the effort was worthy due in such trip, intense sensations come alive and reaches your soul.
After cycling for 146,000 km, upon my arrival to Maceio I stopped to rest and to do some time traveling. In this article, I share with you my first years in Brazil and how the idea of touring the World by bike was born. I’ll also tell you about the magic of returning to the Nova Vrajadhama farm in Pernambuco, a community of monks whose teachings and protection I take to make my dream come true.
My dream came true!!! The Project “Cycling Around the World” is done!!! Finally I arrived in Brazil and after cycling through northeast I came back to Maceio! Here with my friends, who saw me leaving in June 1999 with the goal of cycling around the world. After 14 years on the road and 146,000 km covered I am back. I was very naive, because I planned to do it in 2½ years. But the journey is not over yet, I will cycle home, Buenos Aires.