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6/9/15 Glades/Lauderdale/Miami/Glades 3 Day Tour

Day 2 Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

Fort Lauderdale to Miami


IMG_6443Rest and shade along Miami Mid Beach

IMG_6444We waited out a serious downpour. Wet. Very wet. Drinking beer was waaay better than getting wet. Really wet!



IMG_6450Not too bad on the bridge detour. Not great either tho’!


IMG_6451Yay Gramps! Reppin’ Key West!


IMG_6453On the fun side of the Wynwood Brewery bar window!


IMG_6454The Chilly obligatory keg pic when visiting a brewery. Thanks Alonda!


IMG_6457Sunset in the city.




IMG_6459Aaand back on the outside!


IMG_6460Yay Shawn, one of our hosts!

IMG_6462The doggys like Eddy!


6/10/15 Glades/Lauderdale/Miami/Glades 3 Day Tour

6/8/15 Glades/Lauderdale/Miami/Glades 3 Day Tour

Day 1 Monday, June 8th, 2015
39.6 miles and some Tri-Rail action too!

My friend Eddy and I decided to escape the sandbar of Key West and drive up to the mainland and enjoy an urban 3 day bicycle tour. The general plan was to leave Key Weird after work and drive to the Everglades Hostel for the night, stash my van at a nearby Warmshowers host, use Tri-Rail to get to Fort Lauderdale and ride back to my van over 3 days.

IMG_6390The grounds of the Everglades Hostel are super fresh and there are lots of places to chill, climb or climb and chill!  The cargo nets go a bit higher up! There are also many cool little nooks to enjoy at ground level including a naturally spring fed swimming hole.

IMG_6391Coffee’d up and packing up. I took my lighter Soma Double Cross, Blue, rather than my touring bike. Eddy had his Jamis Aurora. We both carried only a single rear pannier as we were sleeping at a hostel, a Warmshowers host and a friend’s house. Fast and light!

IMG_6392That would suck! But homeboy looks pretty dang happy about it. I wonder what’s in his backpack!?!?

IMG_6393We drove a few miles to Gabrielle’s farm, a Warmshowers host who was kind enough to let me just park somewhere safe for a few days. Lots and lots of fruits and flowers and beauty on her farm!

IMG_6396Ghost bike we passed soon after starting our ride in an agricultural area. “In loving memory of Jesse Martin. Born October 21, 1993. Went to be with the Lord August 21, 2013” I haven’t been able to find anything on the interwebs about what happened.

IMG_6397We soon reached the M Path which is also a busway and pretty much traffic free though not particularly scenic.

IMG_6398Eddy has dreamed of seeing the Coral Castle, built by a fellow Latvian. We planned our route to visit and tour the property.

IMG_6410Latvian suntanning bed!



IMG_6413Sundial measurements.



IMG_6419Latvians, then and now!

IMG_6423The June sun in South Florida is no joke. I prefer to cover up rather than wear sunblock. We felt like bicycle insurgents invading Miami from the south!

IMG_6424Awesome bicycle crossroads.



IMG_6432Under the train and  paralleling the always congested Route 1.



No stop sign. And there’s not burning hospitals and the world coming to an end! Not just for Portland, Oregon or states that are not Florida. Why does Key West City management suck so much?!

IMG_6435And then there is the area near the airport, at rush hour. Not fun on bicycles and not even room to pass. Yay exhaust fumes and exhaust heat!




Day two here!

El Cañon del Pato, Peruvian Andes!

DSC00416El Cañon del Pato in Caraz, Peru is an amazing  26km ride through 35 hand carved tunnels in the Andes Mountains. It is a dramatic canyon where two mountain ranges, the Cordillera Negra and the Cordillera Blanco almost touch each other; creating a deep canyon sometimes only several meters wide while still thousands of feet deep. The name translates to “Duck Canyon” in English, not too scary sounding, yeah!?? So one television show we found on the YouTube renamed it “Dead Nun Canyon” to better suit it’s claim of one of the most dangerous roads in the world!

We rented questionable bicycles in Caraz at the outfitter near the square. I had to rebuild the brake pads on the front of my bike as the spacers were all wrong and the pads were on the tire. The spare tubes they gave us were full of patches!

DSC00413The mountains were slowly closing in on us and the valley gave way to much more rugged hills and ridges. It was about here I realized my rear tire was getting really low. We found some shade and I fixed the flat. Oh boy. This could get bad!

DSC00410The shoulders were not always great, but there wasn’t too much traffic. Very little actually, which was really nice. Vamos!

DSC00419This sign pretty much always guarantees scenic views and fun roads!

DSC00420The first of the 35 hand carved tunnels. Please please beep your horns before entering the one lane wide tunnels! Gracias.

DSC00421The canyon is really starting to narrow a bit as two mountain ranges meet and form a narrow chasm.  One would never think a road though here would be possible or needed.

DSC00422Slowly working our way into the narrows. Things are definitely getting tight!

DSC00425And that’s the end of the pavement! All dirt and gravel from here. And dust. Lots of dust. Sweeeeet!

DSC00426There is a raging waterfall at this spillway in the rainy season that is said to be quite the sight. This is not the rainy season.

DSC00427A popular spot to pull over and stare down into the abyss or up thousands of feet to the tops of the canyon walls. We saw a few families out sightseeing but mostly were passed by work trucks and collectivos.

DSC00428Headlamps are mandatory for the 2 longest tunnels. They are long enough to be too dark to ride and there’s plenty of rocks and soft sand to keep things interesting. Lights also signal your presence to oncoming trucks and buses but the reality is you have to get out of their way!

DSC00432They seriously built a road here!?!? The walls are super steep and close and there’s not much room! Looking back at where we came from. What a ride!!!

DSC00433There’s plenty to explore as well if you have the time. Or just nice places to hang out and stare at the river below.

DSC00435Can you see the light through the next tunnel!? This is insane!

DSC00441We even found a waterfall with water!

DSC00444Can you make out the next 5 tunnels!?!? Things are opening up a bit, but it’s still near impossible to get a road through this deep canyon.

DSC00446The road clings to the mountain when not tunneling through it! See the next three tunnels?!

DSC00447Tunnels and crazy drop offs! It’s hard to believe that’s a road there and three tunnels!  An amazing road to ride a bicycle.

DSC00452There is lots and lots of high altitude sun when not in the darkness of the tunnels and the narrow canyon. As things opened up more, the mid-afternoon sun pounded us from above.

DSC00454Looking down at our destination, Huallanca; a town that only exists due to the giant dam. You can see the road continue up the other side of the canyon behind the town.

DSC00456Mangos! I’m not used to seeing mangos in the mountains!!

DSC00458Not a whole lot going on in town. Except….

DSC00461Kerry! She was wildly popular! Towering above all and dazzling the crowds with her Spanish!

DSC00464This dude was super friendly, kept us entertained as we waited for a ride and then helped load our bicycles when a collectivo finally passed by.

DSC00465The ride back seemed more dangerous speeding through the tunnels and around the edges of the road.

DSC00468We made it back safe and smiling.

10/9/12 Halfmoon Bay State Beach to Santa Cruz

Day 32 Halfmoon Bay State Beach to Santa Cruz
10/9/12 Tuesday 56 miles














10/7/12 Taylor State Park to Marin Headlands Hostel

Day 30 Taylor State Park to Marin Headlands Hostel
10/7/12 Sunday 34 miles


















































10/6/12 Bodega Dunes State Park to Taylor State Park

Day 29 Bodega Dunes State Park to Taylor State Park
10/6/12 Saturday 46.8 miles


























10/5/12 Stillwater Cove County Park to Bodega Dunes State Park

Day 28 Stillwater Cove County Park to Bodega Dunes
10/5/12 Friday 26.4 miles


































10/4/12 KOA @ Manchester State Park to Stillwater Cove County Park

Day 27 KOA @ Manchester State Park to Stillwater Cove County Park
10/4/12 Thursday 44.4 miles







10/3/12 MacKerricher State Park to KOA near Manchester State Beach

Day 26 MacKerricher State Park to KOA near Manchester State Beach
10/3/12 Tuesday 45 miles























10/2/14 Leggett to MacKerricher State Park

Day 25 Leggett to MacKerricher State Park
10/2/12 Tuesday 42.8 miles