(Update: I've started posting my journal entries from this trip in honor of its ten year anniversary.)
In Dec., 1998 I spent four month with some friends touring the southern end of South America — Patagonia — by bicycle. The pace of travel on a bike allows you to spend enough time in an area to connect with it, but still be able to get from point A to point B in decent time.
Few cars ventured on the main dirt (although it is now being paved) road, the Carretera Austral, so when I pulled into a town on a bike, I got plenty of attention. When Amy and Chip, riding a tandem, pulled in you'd think the circus had come town!
The farther south you went, the fewer people you would find and the more rugged the country became. The people we did meet were generous, helpful, and more than happy to suffer through my Tarzan-Spanish as I tried to make small talk. For now, I've added some photos of the trip to this page. There are many more stories to tell about this trip, but that will have to wait until I find more time... Click on any thumbnail below to see a larger image. Or let the computer to it for you and watch the slide show (while you groove to some ancient Yes tunes).