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.
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.
I must admit that before arriving in Cuba, I was a guy who ignored tons about this country. Influenced by tourists’ comments and the press, almost always sensationalist, I thought that I would find an extremely poor country, of people interested, full of prostitures and against the government. but what a surprise I had travel by bicycle inside Cuba allowed me to take a completely different view.
When I came into Haiti, it was market day in Dajabon, the border city in Dominican Republic. There were thousands of Haitians crammed darted to his neighboring country hoping to achieve some sales. It was the first time in 13 years of travel around the world that I visit a country wearing escort by choice. Haiti was the first country in Latin America to achieve Independence and paradoxically, according to the UN, it is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Marc, a Haitian who studied Business Administration gave me his opinion.
For two weeks Fernando and I rode much of the country. We pedaled from Santo Domingo to Punta Cana, the tourist center of excellence for its endless white beaches and its optimal hotel infrastructure. But inland we visited populations that showed us a harsh reality.
During my stay in Puerto Rico I arrived in Vieques, where I met Carlos Prieto Ventura, leader of the fishermen and key player in the struggle against the US Navy on the island. Sat on the patio of my house he told me the dark history about Vieques and Puerto Rico.
The first thing that came into my mind when I thought of these islands was paradise: crystal clear sea, endless beaches of white sand and also inclined palm trees.I imagined its people, mostly African descendants, friendly and curious, living mainly of fishing and agriculture; and sometimes even unrelated to tourism. I believed being on a bicycle could let me get into the best places, that I could camp and enjoy fabulous sunsets, getting along with people, and make some friends. I thought that visiting these islands would be easy and wonderful.
In Bogota and Medellin I was welcomed by Camilo Rey and Carlos Carvajal, two references in the cycling of Colombia, a country characterized by its processes around the use and promotion of cycling. There, they organized a talk where I made a presentation of my trip. The Colombians are friendly, hospitable and generous people.