The final conclusion to our cycle trip, by Gemma
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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The highest point that we climbed to was just under 5000m above sea level, which is high enough to be able to notice the lack of oxygen in the air. We could feel our hearts pounding and couldn't cycle and talk as we needed to concentrate on breathing. In case you can't imagine this, the highest mountain in the UK is Ben Nevis, which is 1344m high. The highest mountain in Western Europe is 4807m. For my Kiwi friends, you all know that Mount Cook is 3754m. For Kory's family who know the Rocky mountains well, the highest one there is apparently 3954m high. So you can imagine the tallest mountain you have seen in Western Europe, NZ or the Rockies and then add on quite a bit....and we cycled it! I was pretty proud of this accomplishment!
We cycled for 101 days, and averaged 94km per day. Each day we cycled an average of 5hrs.47mins on the bikes, but that doesn't include any time that we were stopped for lunch or to take photos, or if we were moving at less that 4km per hour. When we went that slowly the computers gave up on us and thought we had stopped. In total, we cycled for 552 hours, which is like cycling continuously for 23 days. These statistics all seem ridiculous now that we have finished and I have joined the population of people thinking "how on earth did we do that?".
One of my favourite parts of the trip was camping in remote places, with only a few cows or goats around us. In Bolivia the light pollution was so minimal that the stars would light up the night sky and we were able to enjoy some fabulous views. We were also treated to some fabulous sunsets and sunrises, which seemed like the perfect way to start or end the day. Other favourite parts of the trip for me were visiting the coffee region of Colombia, and cycling through the mountains of Peru
For people to be able to put it into perspective, we cycled the equivalent of going from London to Moscow and back and then back to Moscow again, and then almost back to London for the second time. In a straight line, we cycled the equivalent of cycling from London to Mumbai, in India. In Canada it would be the same as cycling from Vancouver to Montreal and back. For people in the Southern hemisphere it is the same as cycling Sydney to Perth and back to Sydney again and then half way back to Perth again.
Obviously there was plenty of time for reflection, whilst cycling through the breath-taking landscapes (we took over 5000 photos in total) and whilst immersing ourselves in the different cultures
We set out to cycle as far as we could in the five months that we had off work. At one point we had wondered if we would be able to make it to the southern most tip of Argentina, but instead we decided to go at a slower pace and enjoy everything that we saw along the way. We had some difficult times, and some areas were hard work to cycle through
Lastly I must thank Kory, for helping me everyday and for being my best friend. I have added many of my favourite photos from the trip, which give a small snapshot from our adventure. Now, this blog is completed, we can start planning the next trip!!
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