27.12.2012 40 °C
Final blog – It’s all done and I’m home!
WOW! What an adventure and a dream come true. To cycle the length of the Andes, the world’s longest mountain range from Quito at the Equator to Ushuaia at the southern tip of South America.
- 107 riding days over 4 and a half months
- 108000m of climbing. This is the equivalent of climbing Mt Everest more than 8 times.
Much of the cycling, especially in Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia, was at over 3000m so the thin air at altitude added a challenge, but I wanted a challenge and I certainly got that on this trip!
A journey such as this would not be complete without a few ‘thank you’ ‘and reflections on such an amazing time.
Firstly, a thank you goes to my fiancé Erin, for supporting me in the realisation of an 8-year dream to cycle the length of the Andes. I missed you, as you me, but we caught up on Skype when we could. Thanks for loving me. I'm looking forward to our island wedding in November.
To Bike Dreams, for putting together such an amazing and well-organised trip. It was fantastic to be with such a passionate crew. They love long distance cycling and want to share it with others. Despite 4.5 months to do so, I really can’t fault their trip. Everything was excellent. It’s pretty hard to keep a big group happy through sometimes trying times, but they did it. Thanks.
Thanks to all the other cyclists who made my journey better by being a part of it. We became like family, always looking out for and helping each other. You are all amazing in your own ways and added to the melting pot that any international trip is. It was special to be a part of your holiday too and I hope that we all have fond memories. Thanks for the things you did that made my trip better.
Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who donated to the Kids Cancer Project on my behalf. I’m happy to announce that I reached $1000. Thank you so much. If you’d said you’d donate or thought you would, but haven’t done it yet, (Maybe you were waiting for me to finish?) you still can at http://www.everydayhero.com.au/malcolm_roberts It’s not too late. I think the link will be active for a little while. Include your details and you’ll get a tax receipt too. It certainly made it a little easier through the toughest times on the bike knowing that my efforts were going to a good cause.
Thanks again to those who donated.
I trust that the effort I put into sorting my pictures as I went, then writing and uploading this blog for you has been worthwhile. It would certainly have been easier to just sit and read a book as some others did. I hope that you enjoyed it. I wanted to share my experiences and not just be selfish and keep them to myself.
You can view other photos of mine and I’ll put up some Andes Trail sets too once I sort them. ‘Signs of South America’ is one I’ll do by request. I seem to have got known for photographing the different interesting road signs we passed.
You can find my photos online at Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/malcolmsphotos/
I’ll also post some Andes Trail videos as slideshow compilations, and also some with video taken with my GoPro, to my You Tube handle of TheWandera. I have some videos there already – mostly diving slideshows to music – that you can view until I post some of this trip. (There’s even a video of a stand-up comedy gig I did.) If you go to You Tube and type ‘TheWandera’ in the search field, you’ll get all my video uploads. Enjoy.
The final thanks should go to you. Thanks for reading my blog. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Keep smiling and have fun planning YOUR next adventure.
The Andes Trail was a dream come true for me. Like most worthwhile things in life, it took planning to make happen.
What’s your dream?
What steps are you taking now to make it happen?