From Asuncion, Paraguay to Goshen, Indiana by bicycle
Michael, photo bombing the 5/1USD movies.
We bought our phone from an eight year old. It felt weird.
Weird mannequins, bro.
Dennis displaying some mad Chacquereña
The Claures and their home.
I want to see *mountains,* Gandalf.
The eternal flame of the gas plant just before El Palmar colony. Here´s our shout out to Jon and Lars.
Michael, proudly presenting the steel wheeled Ford.
Gerhardt and his hired hand welding my frame.
Walking in the Santa Cruz main plaza
Classy coffee vendors in Santa Cruz
In front of the cathedral in Santa Cruz
With the youth group at Sinai Mennonite Church, who showed us the dances they do as a part of worship
Playing with Amos and Reuben
Matthew Helmuth. Profile Pic.
MCC Bolivia headquarters
Michael having a good time with Reuben.
Touring 4 of the projects run by Mennonite Central Committee Bolivia.
Anatomy man and Abe with his biker bib. This is inside the school room at the Collegio at Ipita.
Chilling in Ipita after a shorter day.
The church in Camiri in which we slept.
Mmmm, improved flavor. The “Mom” shot—aka eating better with good nutrition.
A pile of 30 cheese filled, gluten packed empanadas at Cuevas. They were finished in one sitting.
One of hundreds of hilltop shrines
Our gracious hosts in Mamawasi: Mario and Alma
The evangelical church in El Churro
Sunset over El Churro. It was a drastic environment change from the cloud cover
Matthew thankful to be leaving the cold mist, mud, and wind in the nubes
Changing a flat on the side of a mountain
More mountain top vistas
Cliff faces with no guard rails! And flat tires…
Checking out a church at the top of a long mountain climb
Antique Russian cigarettes from East Germany
Learning about post WWII Germany with the Catholic father at Pampa Grande
We later dubbed this interaction, “kid festival”
Pre-Colombian ruins on the top of a mountain
And a beautiful mountaintop vista
Fording a stream on our way to see the ruins near Samaipata
Meeting up with Jay during his 20 mile morning jog.
The stairs leading up to our Cuevas cabin
One of three waterfalls that we visited with Jay
Abundant floral wildlife
Sometimes it is the little things that make rest days so important: i.e. a homemade cappuccino made from instant coffee.
Planning our next phase into Peru, complete with coffee and dulce de leche.
Our descent into La Paz.
An extremely friendly and curious group of Colombian motorcyclists stopped to chat and snap a photo.
A french couple making their way from Quito, Ecuador to the tip of Argentina.
Biking along the untrafficked portions of the Doble Via, a four lane highway project that is still under construction. The paved sections were perfect for bicyclists, despite a few rock obstacle courses.
Our stay with Iver, the Catholic padre in Patacamaya. He graciously opened up the catechism school dormitories for us.
One of Matthew’s favorite meals: fried llama, cheese, egg, potatoes, and choclo
A British bike tourist traveling to the Salt Flats of Bolivia
Treating ourselves to the comforts of a cheap hotel after a few days of chilly weather and no showers. Complete with heart covered fleece blankets.
New bike ornament? Abe is skeptical.
Exploring an unmarked ruin near the beginning of the Altiplano
Enjoying a snack break and photo opp at the crest of one of our highest climbs
Meeting up with Marcelo, an El Salvadorian cyclist who is trying to cover 5 continents. Check his blog at http://5cub.blogspot.com/
A festival of music that featured authentic Quechuan and Aymaran music from five local communities.
Happy to have made it to the top of our first major ascent. More to come…
Exhausting climbs. But beautiful views.
Our stay on the porch of a church in a small mountain town. We were a spectacle for some of the kids.
Levi soaking in the vistas and satisfying his desire to hike up small cliffs
Our stay with Hutch, a 73 year old gem who has spent the past 6 years traveling the world via bicycle. Sharing stories was fascinating.
Resting next to Lake Titicaca
Our first taste of fish from Lake Titicaca.
Fried goodness. The small fish were consumed whole.
A short ferry ride across the lake near Tiquina, Bolivia.
Reed artwork of boats and a lifesize llama. Abe was tempted to strap the llama to his back rack.
The festive and colorful bull dancers celebrating the Virgin of Copacabana.