balasundaram bangaru

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Apr 18 2018

Mayan Meanders

What’s life without at least one bicycle touring per year? With the ‘beast from the east’ making frequent visits to the British Isles the east coast of North America was the safe bet for some stable and warm weather over Easter holidays.  Florida lost out due to the flight cost and Cancun won. The connecting …

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Apr 29 2017

A short bicycle ride in Cuba

After a brief period of lull it was time to revive the cycle touring spirit albeit with a short tour, a very short one, compared to the previous journey. The criteria to select the place was warm weather and a place where I have never been. Cuba met this criteria and more – this country …

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Mar 29 2016

Back to London

Buenos Aires was hot all day and every day and it was a perfect place for a bit of chilling, reminiscing and future planning. This time was also used to catch up with some of my friends and also to organise a job and a place to live in London on my return. There was …

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Feb 19 2016

Anchorage (Alaska, USA) to Ushuaia (Argentina): The finale, El fin, Le final

The end was in sight and the countdown began. After El Calafate the next bigger place was Puerto Natales in Chile and there was a 70 km ripio (Spanish for gravel roads) section in between. I took the 75 km detour to avoid this even though it meant some potential headwinds when heading west from …

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Jan 25 2016

Bariloche to El Calafate: Patagonian adventure

Patagonia region spans over two countries, Argentina and Chile, and were quite distinct. There were several gravel road sections which my road bike tyres didn’t like and this  on its own provided for some adventure. After Bariloche, the theme of lakes and mountains continued for about two days until El Bolson after which I had …

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Dec 28 2015

Santiago to Bariloche: Riding the Pacific coast in Chile and the seven lakes route in Argentina

My time in Santiago flew by and I could have easily stayed there longer. It was time to leave because things became too familiar and it was not the time to return to ‘normal’ life. I really liked this place though. I had originally planned a six days ride to Concepcion another big city in …

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Nov 28 2015

Mendoza to Santiago: Crossing the Cordillera into Chile

This would be the last big pass in this trip about 3200m high. I will be going over some passes further south but none of them above 1500m. Leaving Mendoza was straightforward I just had to head towards the mountain. The highway was pretty busy and after the turn off the road became narrow with …

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Nov 02 2015

Salta to Mendoza: Some good road riding in Argentina

Long flat roads, good weather, good quality food and friendly folks all along – riding in Argentina felt like holiday riding except for the winds. What is life without some challenges anyway. Cafayate was out of the way but some diversions are allowed especially if it involved a climb, a 3000m pass. On leaving Salta, …

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Sep 30 2015

La Paz, Bolivia to Salta, Argentina via the Salar

The city of La Paz was almost the shape of a bowl, the side wall was about 350 meters in height and was packed with houses. The cable car that runs up and down was the quickest way of getting to the top part called El Alto. Unfortunately bikes can’t be transported in the cable …

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Sep 10 2015

Cusco to La Paz: Bienvenidos A Bolivia

Tourist life for two weeks in Cusco went well and it was time to get going. Dan and Gina ( whom I met in Cusco were interested to visit the salinas in the sacred valley. We quickly made a plan to do a short loop around Cusco. I had visited the sacred valley on a …

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