The final conclusion to our cycle trip, by Kory
Trip Start Oct 16, 2012
136Trip End Apr 20, 2013
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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
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.