The final conclusion to our cycle trip, by Kory

Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
Trip End Apr 20, 2013

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Flag of Argentina  , Capital Federal District,
Sunday, April 21, 2013

Although I have neglected to write any blogs along the way, I have cycled every kilometer of the way by Gems side (figuratively that is, usually in front or behind as beside would simply be dangerous). All those km’s and hours on a bike leave you with a lot of time to ponder and reflect on many things. Generally I would think about how fortunate we are in the developed countries we live in. It is remarkable how simply millions of people around the world live and how much they do without. People always seemed so kindhearted and genuine. Throughout our trip we had many humbling and inspiring experiences. It always makes me view how we live in the western world with a new perception when I return to Canada.

This trip all started immediately after the completion of our first cycle trip. Gem and I knew we were hooked and immediately started talking about what it would be like to cycle in South America. So after not touching our bikes for the year and a half between trips we found ourselves leaving Cartegena and on our way. Not knowing where we were going to ultimately end up and what we would experience along the way. Well it turned out there would be a whole lot along the way. We cycled over many mountains, some desert, good roads, muddy roads, and river crossings to name but a few obstacles. However all that hard work meant we would be fortunate to experience countless amazing views, have contact with remarkable cultures, and meet many friendly people along the way.

South America proved to have many of its own unique problems in store for us. Long distances forced us to be self-sufficient for multiple days. The length of a day on our bikes was stretched until at times we would find ourselves riding from morning till dark or even well into the dark before setting up camp. Good or adequate amounts of food could be an issue at times. Or having to worry about where we were going to find water or fuel for the day. Our bikes also seemed to take a lot of abuse, resulting in many punctures, broken cables, and Gem riding for weeks with a pedal that hardly turned. For a while in Peru the dogs were particularly vicious and Gem and I found ourselves becoming quite jumpy.  Especially after we each had a pannier punctured by angry dogs.

One of my favourite things about cycle touring is how it brings the two of us together as a team. It is a great feeling knowing we can completely depend on each other. When one of us was struggling the other would take the lead. Often we were hungry, exhausted, aching, or downright irritable making good communication between the two of us essential. It is remarkable that we never had a single argument on the trip, but a wonderful example of how well we understand each other. I couldn't have done it with anyone other than Gem. I'm very fortunate to have her.

It was incredible to have so many friends and family follow us on our journey. I would like to thank everyone for the time they invested in following us on our trip. Also thanks Gem for all the time you put into recording our travels. You spent many tireless evenings working on creating this wonderful account of our trip whilst I rested. I know it often wasn't easy to want to write, but I want you to know I appreciate it.

Some might say it was a trip of a lifetime, and while it was remarkable journey, I hope Gem and I will be fortunate enough to continue to embark on many more adventures together in the years to come.

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Great to read your perspective of this amazing trip Kory. I admire the way you both looked after each other throughout - a critical element to any travels through this part of the world.
It was also great to see some new photos. I'm going to miss not being able to immerse myself vicariously in your South American journey but am very much looking forward to your next adventure, where ever that may be.

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