Come view our adventure

April 30, 2011

After a mere two years, we are finally ready to present a photo journey of our trip!  We actually already presented it two weeks ago in Carbondale to a packed house, so we are having another showing Wednesday May 11, 7:30 pm at The Blend Coffee Company, 1150 Hwy 133, Carbondale.  Donations will be accepted for World Bike Relief.  We’d love for you to come along for the ride!!!!

Long Live Long Rides, Pat and Ralph



  1. Hi there, firstly awesome bike trip! Secondly I am a student with 3 months summer holidays and want to do an extensive bike trip next summer 2013 in South America i.e Columbia to as far south as I can get. From your experience how far south would you expect a cyclist to get in 3 months, I am not a pro but will train to get peak fitness. Also I will be going alone and am a 25yr old female do you think their may be issues with this?

    • Thanks for viewing our blog. It was a great trip. As far as traveling as a lone female, we wouldn’t recommend it. We met lots of solo guys, but only 1 solo woman. In our experience, the solo men had more hassles than we did. I think there truly is strength in numbers. Also, I think our age helped, since we were in our 50s. In Latin America age carries much more respect than in the US. I also just wouldn’t want to be solo because it’s great to share the experiences and help figure things out. We were a “team” w/ each 1 of us doing particular tasks, making it much less work. I know it’s very hard to round up a partner, but you can always post a request on the crazyguyonabike or warmshowers websites and see what comes of it. If you do travel alone, I’d ALWAYS hide from view when camping, choose your hotels wisely, and be careful of who you stay with. Don’t ever leave your bike alone. Get your $ from ATMs and only carry about $200 at any 1 time. Split your money up into 4 piles, roll those piles each into some toilet paper and then stash them at different spots in your panniers. Don’t have a camera dangling from your neck, and if you carry a laptop or cell phone, certainly don’t flash them around – be very discreet when using them.
      We chose to skip the Colombian lowlands because we’d heard it was very hot and humid at the time of year we were there and we’d heard it was dangerous, so we bused to Medellin in the highlands and started from there. The people turned out to be the friendliest of our entire trip.
      We averaged about 1000 miles/month, but we always took the harder route – the mtns. I would think you could get at least part way into Peru. Colombia starts out relatively low, but by time you get to Ecuador, you will be over 11,000′. You’ll bob between 6,000′ and 13,000′ in Ecuador, even up to 14,000′ to 16,000′ in Peru if you so desire. Don’t worry, if you are in reasonable shape you will get extremely fit by Ecuador. As I always say “It will either kill you or make you stronger!”, the latter most likely being the case. Colombia and Ecuador each took us 1 month, Peru 2 months. Get maps from ITMB in Vancouver off the web. They are the absolute best.
      Have a great trip. It will change your life. Ralph

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