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Trujillo

Feeling_at_home on the road is a rare thing.  We have certainly grown accustomed to the rhythm of riding and camping that we established since Alaska.  This is the life of a traveler, however, and it makes us thankful for spending time with a new family when we get the chance.  In Trujillo, the great northern coastal city of Peru, we were blessed with some time to rest with a new kind of family: the Casa de Ciclistas.

La Casa de Ciclistas en Trujillo

Vintage

Founded more than thirty years ago, the Casa de Ciclistas of Trujillo is one of the cycling world’s best-kept secrets.  Nestled just outside the Avenida España in Trujillo, it is a hostel for bicycle adventurers of all shapes, sizes, ages, genders, and adventures.  Come as you are and stay as you are for free.  Since its founding, over 2,000 cyclists have walked through its doors and rested here for a night or a few days; once many encounter the splendid comfort and community here, they are tempted to stay for weeks.  Lucho D’Angelo and his family take care of the Casa and the cyclists that pass through it.  Lucho, a famous Peruvian bicycle racer, was invited to the 2000 Tour de France as a guest of honor and is known the world over by bicyclists for his decades-long work at Trujillo’s Casa de Ciclistas.

Lucho

"The time is not important"

In the course of the past few days, we have met a remarkable Englishwoman named Judy who has bicycled from England to China and is now finishing her second Alaskan-Argentinan leg in July.  She is riding alone, tough as nails, and some of the best lunch company that one could ever ask for.  We have met another Italian named Matias who is taking an extended tour of the Americas for over four years; the duration of his travels perhaps explains the 70 kilos of gear that he is carrying on his bicycle; we suspect that his Italian supermodel girlfriend is hidden somewhere in the rear panniers.

Time to shave

Journal entries from other touring cyclists dated back to the 1980s.

Stories, photos, and so much more filled the journals - a true treasure.

I volunteered here in Trujillo two years ago as a volunteer teacher in a barrio outside the city called Delicias.  This time in Trujillo was a wonderful homecoming to me; many things have changed in this city in that short time, but the good things are the same.  The sparkling central Plaza de Armas, the spotless colonial architecture, the narrow streets of the Centro and Pizarro and the countless bakeries with the best tres leches we have had since leaving Alaska…all of it was as it was for me two years ago.  This was home for me then, and now for us for a few days as well.

Our ride to the beach

Beachside in Huanchaco

To the ocean!

Ouch.

We rolled in on our bicycles to little local fanfare, except for the usual shouts of gringo that emanate from every corner of the Peruvian towns and cities that we ride by.  We leave to the same chorus, a reminder that we are full-time travelers and students and strangers of the places and peoples that we visit along the way to Argentina.  But when we’re lucky, even gringos get to feel at home for a while.

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Mailbag Monday #2

TodayOweOcontinue our Mailbag Monday series…

 

Dear David,

I hope you are having fun.  Do your legs ever hurt?  Oh and by the way my name is Taiya and my dad is a farmer and we live on a farm and I have a brother and mom.  Oh and I’m a cow girl to! We have four hourses.  Rosebud.  She is 31 years old me her want to do bearlle racing I hope to become a famous bearlle racer and a country singer.  Oh and I love pets.  Ok that’s some things about me for you to know.  Now lets talk about you.  So do you like pets.  Do you restle with your brothers?  Oh and last but not least are you having fun?  And thats it.

Sincerely,

Taiya

Dear Taiya,

I’m having a blast! My legs hurt sometimes, but they feel very strong right now. A day or rest is the best medicine for tired legs. My dad is a farmer, too! Now, I don’t really consider myself a cowgirl… Rather, I like to think of myself as a cowboy, or even a bicycle cowboy! We have two horses on our farm. That’s wonderful! Keep working hard, and I’m sure great things will come. I love pets, too! We don’t have any with us, but I’m sure Isaiah or Nathan would go for a couple puppy dogs if they had handlebar baskets! Wrestling only occurs if one’s personal space is invaded, which happens from time to time. I’m having a lot of fun! Thanks for your letter, Taiya!

Sincerely,

David

Mailbag Monday #1

For the past few weeks we have been enjoying a number of letters from some very special students.  We were notified that an elementary school in North Dakota was enraptured by our journey from Alaska and was eagerly following our every posting about Canadian mudslides and bike rides and more.  At our last mail drop, we got their letters; countless handwritten missives by third-graders who were quite enthusiastic to share our North Dakotan commonalities and investigate the strange wonders of our bicycle expedition.  Monday will now become Mailbag Monday at Bound South, where we will share these letters and our responses.

 

 

 

Dear Isaiah,

My name is Michaela.  I am 9.  I do not like to ride bike up hills but I love going down them.  Do you like riding bike?  How long do you ride a day.  Do you ever get tired?  Is there anything you are really looking forward to?  I drove to Vermont with my moms friend Gary, my grandpa, my mom, and my brother.  I live in ND.  What are all of the states you are going to see?  And how on earth did you make your own bike?  My class is third grade.  How old are you?  when is your birthday?  What is your favorite color?  My birthday is July 2, 2002.  My favorit color is black.  Do you ever eat at a restraunt?  Do you get to go to bed or do you drive that whole time?  Why did you choose to ride bycycle?  I would drive atleast a motorcycl.  I hope you don’t fall off your bike with all that stuff on it.  I have three siblings Austin, Carter, and Jason.  They are all boys!  I think yours are David and Nathan, hey, they are all boys too but I am a girl and you are obviously a boy.

Sincerely, 

Michaela

Dear Michaela,

I have always liked to think that I love riding bike uphill and downhill.  I just love riding uphill a lot less!  Riding bike for me is about freedom; it’s a form of incredible transportation that can take you almost anywhere under your own power.  It’s the mechanical fulfillment of the human engine.  It is beautiful to me, even when I am totally exhausted from it.  Yes, even us three Pan-American bicycle adventurers get tired from riding!  We like to ride about sixty or seventy miles in a day.

I think that I am looking forward to the vast regions below the US-Mexico border more than anything.  The Andes and Tierra del Fuego are always on my mind, but they do not distract me from the beauty I get to see every day.  The US states of Idaho, Washington, Oregon, and California have been spectacular in their own way and I hope that we capture that on our website.

I’m 22 years old, I was born on June 15th, and my favorite color is blue.  I most definitely sleep at night, and sometimes even during the day when I get the chance.  If I ever get the crazy idea to do this trip again one day, I bet I’ll be riding a motorcycle and eating at more restaurants.  I hope I don’t fall off my bike either!  If there was ever any doubt about whether we were boys, this trip has cleared it up.

Sincerely,

Isaiah