Done and Done! After roughly 7,500km and 6 months we’ve finished our South American Leg. Regular readers will know that we originally planned to do another 1,000km across the Andes to Bogota in Colombia, but, as you may also have noticed whenever we plan the road usually throws up something unexpected. This time it was a mashed de-railler and hanger which left me with one gear for the last 1,000km, which slowed our progress and left us with less time to sort visas and all important routes through Asia. With less time than orginally planned, and with one gear through the Andes, the chances of us making Bogota in two weeks time seemed slim, and the chances of making in time to sort our Chinese visas even slimmer.
So, in the face of unpredictable events, we’ve adapted our plans and finished our South American, and southern hemisphere leg at the the logical point: the waistband of the world the equator.
We’re still on-track for our circumnavigation, with over 9,500km cycled since Greystones, there is an unbroken line across Europe to Madrid, and across the South American continent from Buenos Aires to the Equator. Whenever we did have to hitch a lift due to Si’s trailer breaking in Bolivia and my bottom bracket becoming loose in Peru, we headed back to the original point when everything was in working order and covered the distance by pedal power thus ensuring an unbroken line.
The road ahead is begining to take shape, as we plot the next 10,000km from Shanghai to Damascus, with the help of advice from two veterns Paul and Al– cheers lads. Its looking like we won’t be heading through Russia and Mongolia as we couldn’t get visas for long enough. So, instead we’ll be heading across China and then through a collection of the stans into Iran.
For the moment though, we’re just looking forward to seeing water going down the plughole in the right direction when we get to Bogota ; )