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  • El Chaltén, Argentina to Ushuaia, Argentina (and back home!) Hello! Well, this is it - the last blog entry for my trip! I'm writing this more than one month after finishing and time has been flying by. As quickly ...
    Posted Feb 15, 2012, 6:24 PM by Paul Gareau
  • More updates coming! Hi all! I'm writing this from Florida, where I'm visiting my Mom on my way home. Just wanted to let everyone know that I'll be finishing my ...
    Posted Jan 27, 2012, 12:31 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Ushuaia, Argentina - Fin del Mundo! I'm done! 928 days in total. I rolled into Ushuaia yesterday afternoon in the rain, took the obligatory photo in front of the Fin del Mundo (End of the ...
    Posted Jan 1, 2012, 7:43 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Torres del Paine Loop Road It's possible to ride into and out of Torres del Paine without backtracking. Since it seems that no maps show this route, I'm posting the map from my ...
    Posted Dec 24, 2011, 1:06 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Happy Holidays!
    Posted Dec 24, 2011, 9:20 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Last update ever... Rocket boots. It was the only explanation. After all, I had walked across the glacier four times and still couldn't find a single trace of the 8 person expedition ...
    Posted Dec 18, 2011, 4:21 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Futaleufú, Chile to El Chaltén, Argentina Hellooooo from Argentina. Another month has passed and I've ridden over 600 miles / 1000 km from Futaleufú, down the famous Carretera Austral to Villa O'Higgins where I crossed ...
    Posted Nov 21, 2011, 10:46 AM by Paul Gareau
  • The Carretera Austral and Crossing from Villa O'Higgins into Argentina Hi all! This is just a summary of the Austral and the crossing into Argentina for the people behind me.I crossed from Trevelin, Argentina to Futaleufu, Chile and got ...
    Posted Mar 25, 2012, 7:48 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update #2 from Futaleufú, Chile Hello again! Just wanted to write another quick update before leaving town. I'm in love - Futaleufú is awesome and it's hard to leave, but there are more amazing ...
    Posted Oct 16, 2011, 4:21 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Futaleufú, Chile Well, I managed to get one short day of riding in since my last blog entry. Between Trevelin and here was probably the easiest Andes crossing of the trip, and ...
    Posted Oct 11, 2011, 3:16 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Malargüe, Argentina to Trevelin, Argentina Holaaaaa! Time is flying - how has a month passed since my last full blog post? (Don't I always say something like that though?) I'm in Trevelin, Argentina now ...
    Posted Oct 4, 2011, 11:15 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Route Map! Hi all! I finally got around to posting a map of my route - you can find it here, or my clicking "Route" on the menu on the left. I made ...
    Posted Sep 24, 2011, 2:31 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Zapala, Argentina (PATAGONIA!) Hello from Patagonia! I made it here at last. :) Zapala isn't a particularly exciting town, but I needed a day here to figure out where to head next, since ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2011, 10:02 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Mendoza, Argentina to Malargüe, Argentina What's this? Another blog entry, and so soon? Hey, I'm as surprised as you are... This one is coming to you from Malargüe, Argentina, where I've taken ...
    Posted Sep 16, 2011, 5:57 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Córdoba, Argentina to Mendoza, Argentina (and Santiago, Easter Island and Valparaiso!) I'm raising money for the National Kidney Foundation - click here for more information!NEW! I'm testing a new message board - you'll see it at the bottom of ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2011, 8:09 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Salta, Argentina to Córdoba, Argentina Coming to Córdoba wasn't part of my original plan, but since I'm still trying to slow down enough to avoid the worst of winter, the side trip added ...
    Posted Aug 31, 2011, 3:23 PM by Paul Gareau
  • San Pedro de Atacama, Chile to Salta, Argentina Howdy folks. Well, this still won't be the usual type of blog post I've been wanting to write, but it's gonna have to do for now. :) I ...
    Posted Aug 31, 2011, 3:25 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Salta, Argentina Just another quick update for now. I got to Salta, Argentina two days ago, unfortunately on a Saturday night, so I had to wait until today (Monday) to do my ...
    Posted Jun 6, 2011, 5:52 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from San Pedro (#2) Hello again! My mail finally arrived yesterday, so I'll be back on the road tomorrow! I have no idea how it got delayed three weeks, and I didn't ...
    Posted May 24, 2011, 6:46 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from San Pedro Well, I've been here for a week, waiting for my mail to arrive. I finally decided to see southwestern Bolivia with a tour company, which is a beautiful place ...
    Posted May 6, 2011, 5:21 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Iquique, Chile to San Pedro de Atacama, Chile Hello from San Pedro! I spent a little while longer in Iquique after my last blog entry, for a total of two weeks off my bike. I was tired of ...
    Posted May 3, 2011, 3:09 PM by Paul Gareau
  • La Paz, Bolivia to Iquique, Chile Hi all! It feels like I was in La Paz a long, long time ago. Since leaving I've had some incredibly scenic riding through very remote areas. I started ...
    Posted May 3, 2011, 10:23 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Cuzco, Perú to La Paz, Bolivia Hi all! That's right, I'm finally in Bolivia! It's hard to believe I spent five months in Peru, but it's a big country and I got ...
    Posted Mar 12, 2011, 7:05 AM by Paul Gareau
  • My Route through Bolivia Here's the map of my route through Bolivia! After passing through the town of Uyuni, I'll head west across the salt desert for a day to Incahuasi Island ...
    Posted Feb 28, 2011, 3:12 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Arequipa, Perú Hello! Just wanted to write a quick update to let you all know what I'm up to. After six days of riding from Cuzco, I reached the town of ...
    Posted Feb 18, 2011, 6:23 AM by Paul Gareau
  • New Route to Ushuaia Hi all! Here is the new route I have in mind. Google Maps won´t let me chose my exact route, so some things aren´t exactly right, and I ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2011, 8:33 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Huancayo, Perú to Cuzco, Perú Hello everybody! Lately, I've been starting too many posts with "this will just  be a summary", so after leaving Huancayo I decided to stop being so lazy and  take ...
    Posted Feb 13, 2011, 11:55 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Building Your Bridge to Sales Success Are you looking for an "edge" in building your sales career? In this book, veteran salesperson Steven Gareau provides you with his insights on human nature and what helps in ...
    Posted Dec 27, 2010, 2:25 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Huaraz, Perú to Huancayo, Perú Hi everybody! I'm writing this from Lima, Peru after spending nearly a month off my bike. After leaving Huaraz, I rode through the mountains of Huascarán National Park, down ...
    Posted Jan 7, 2011, 6:04 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick update from Cerro de Pasco Hi all! I´m writing this from the city that claims to be the highest in the world. It´s pretty high (14,235 feet), and definitely cold. I spent ...
    Posted Nov 30, 2010, 5:05 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Cuenca, Ecuador to Huaraz, Perú (Part 2 of 2) Welcome back!My next destination was Cajamarca, which is one of the largest cities in the area and the capital of the Cajamarca region of Peru. On the first day ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2010, 3:22 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Cuenca, Ecuador to Huaraz, Perú (Part 1 of 2) Hi all! I know it's been a really long time since my last blog post, and I'm actually taking an extra day off just to get it up ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2010, 3:02 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Cuenca, Ecuador to Caraz, Perú Maps and Graphs Some elevation profiles are metric, others are imperial - whoops!Cuenca to VilcabambaVilcabamba, Ecuador to San Ignacio, Perú (CROSSES BORDER)San Ignacio to Nuevo TingoNuevo Tingo to CelendinCelendin ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2010, 8:45 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from San Ignacio, Peru! Hi all! I'm still riding with Phil and Manu, and we crossed into Peru two days ago after 11 or 12 days without a day off. We'll have ...
    Posted Oct 10, 2010, 7:05 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Latacunga, Ecuador to Baños, Ecuador ¡Hola! First of all, I just figured out how to easily type Spanish accents, so I'll be doing more of that now! This was a tough section, with the ...
    Posted Sep 28, 2010, 1:56 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quito, Ecuador to Latacunga, Ecuador Hola. Since I left Quito, I've had some of the hardest and most scenic riding of the trip. First I headed toward the small village of Rumipamba. Leaving the ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2010, 5:09 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Quito! Yep, that's right - I'm still in Quito. The supplies that I had sent here got hung up in customs for almost exactly a week. I was able to ...
    Posted Aug 29, 2010, 6:26 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Otavalo, Ecuador to Quito, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Hola. After writing my last blog entry in Otavalo, I headed out to see the indigenous market, which Otavalo is famous for. The central square is filled with stalls where ...
    Posted Aug 23, 2010, 2:24 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Cali, Colombia to Otavalo, Ecuador From Cali, I had to ride about 80 miles to my next destination, Popayan. I decided to stay at the hostel until checkout time at 11AM, and ride 30 miles ...
    Posted Aug 3, 2010, 6:38 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Villa de Leyva, Colombia to Cali, Colombia I ended up leaving Villa de Leyva shortly after writing my last blog entry, which meant I wasn't able to do any of the hiking I had in mind ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2010, 7:20 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Bucaramanga, Colombia to Villa de Leyva, Colombia Ahh, life is good. After the generally unpleasant touring in Central America, and the nice, but relatively boring first section in Colombia, I'm once again loving touring and the ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2010, 3:40 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Cartagena, Colombia to Bucaramanga, Colombia Hola a todos! (Hi everybody!)I'm trying to get back on track with my blog posts. This one will cover 8 days of riding from Cartagena to Bucaramanga, and ...
    Posted Jul 7, 2010, 3:36 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Colombia Video This is hilarious - had to post it...
    Posted Jun 18, 2010, 4:29 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Aguachica Colombia! Hey all! Just wanted to put up a quick post saying that I got to Colombia OK. You may have seen from the pictures that we took a motorboat across ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2010, 7:13 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Panama City! We finally arrived in Panama City a couple days ago. This is about as far as a cyclist can go before the road ends and the infamous Darien Gap begins ...
    Posted May 27, 2010, 8:00 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Map: Eastern Mexico to Panama Hi all! I haven't posted a map lately, so here's one to show you where I've been pedaling. More blog posts coming soon... :)
    Posted May 21, 2010, 3:37 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Guatemala Report I had stayed at the Trek Stop hostel in Belize the night before crossing into Guatemala. It was close to the border so it didn't take long at all ...
    Posted Jul 2, 2010, 6:25 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Choluteca, Honduras Matt and I crossed the border into Honduras yesterday. The temperature has been in the upper 90s during the day, and very humid. In these conditions sweat just doesn't ...
    Posted Apr 15, 2010, 1:23 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Suchitoto, El Salvador Hi all! I'm writing this from a cyber cafe in the main square of Suchitoto, El Salvador. I've been riding with another Pan Am cyclist named Matt since ...
    Posted Apr 11, 2010, 11:29 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Belize Report Hi there. This is a continuation of my unfinished post that can be found here.The Belizian border wasn't too far from Chetumal, so I arrived there pretty early ...
    Posted Apr 13, 2010, 6:14 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update - Stuck in Lanquin Guatemala! I think I've been here 8 days now, but I've lost count. If there is such a thing as fate, it definitely doesn't want me to leave ...
    Posted Mar 27, 2010, 8:59 AM by Paul Gareau
  • San Ignacio, Belize! Hellooo! So much has happened since my last post - I think it was the busiest month of my trip so far. Since Campeche, I have spelunked in four caves, visited ...
    Posted Mar 13, 2010, 5:55 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Campeche (Still in Mexico...) Wow, has it really been almost three weeks since my last post? Well, let's get started!I left Puerto Escondido on the 24th and had an easy ride to ...
    Posted Feb 11, 2010, 9:12 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Puerto Escondido Hi there. I covered a lot of ground in this section, which took me from Barra De Navidad to Puerto Escondido. The weather has been challenging, with torrential rain, to ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2010, 9:44 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Barra de Navidad post has been updated! See the rest below the red text here.
    Posted Jan 12, 2010, 10:32 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Barra de Navidad, Jalisco, Mexico Hello! Wow, a lot has happened since La Paz. On my last day there, I was sitting on the malecon (boardwalk) waiting for the laundromat to finish shrinking my underwear ...
    Posted Jan 12, 2010, 7:11 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Map: Yosemite National Park to Barra de Navidad, Mexico
    Posted Jan 3, 2010, 4:29 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Happy New Year! Just wanted to quickly say Happy New Year to everyone! I'm taking a few days off in Barra de Navidad, a cool little town just Northwest of Manzanillo. I ...
    Posted Jan 3, 2010, 10:27 AM by Paul Gareau
  • La Paz (and by the way... 6 MONTHS ON THE ROAD!!) Hi. I'm back in La Paz again after doing the southern loop of the Baja Peninsula. There's not too much to write about this time. I rode back ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2009, 3:04 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Cabo San Lucas Hola! I got into Cabo San Loco (as the locals call it) yesterday night. It's a real tourist trap so I'll just be doing some grocery shopping this ...
    Posted Dec 16, 2009, 1:51 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Loreto We finally decided to take a rest day in Loreto, and today five of us went on a snorkeling trip out to an island not far from here. We all ...
    Posted Dec 1, 2009, 4:21 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Santa Rosalia Hi all. I'm in Santa Rosalia now, which is on the Eastern side of the Baja Peninsula. I joined up with three other tourists just about a week ago ...
    Posted Nov 28, 2009, 6:44 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Day off in Vicente Guerrero Que pasa mi amigos?! I decided to take a day off here in Vicente Guerrero. There's a nice campground here, and I had a chance to do some maintenance ...
    Posted Nov 27, 2009, 7:27 PM by Paul Gareau
  • In Ensenada Mexico Hola! Well, it's the end of my second day in Mexico, and the banditos still haven't got me; I'm off to a good start. Crossing the border ...
    Posted Nov 16, 2009, 5:42 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Mojave Video Here's the video Todd made of me riding through the Mojave National Preserve. Thanks Todd!!
    Posted Nov 16, 2009, 4:34 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Almost in Mexico! Hi all! I'm in Campo California, about 10 miles from my border crossing in Tecate. A lot has happened since my last post. Let's see... I had two ...
    Posted Nov 14, 2009, 4:47 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Hello from Death Valley! Hey all. Just another quick update. I made it over Tioga Pass in Yosemite National Park. It was about a 6000' climb and I did the first 4000' the first ...
    Posted Oct 25, 2009, 5:27 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Portland, OR to Redwoods, CA Well, I'm stranded in Yosemite for another day since Tioga Pass is still closed. The forecast is for mid to upper 70s for the next few days, so I ...
    Posted Oct 21, 2009, 10:37 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update from Yosemite Hello from Yosemite! I just posted a new photo album with pictures from the Redwoods to Yosemite, and added my journal entry for my ride from Kennewick Washington to Portland ...
    Posted Oct 19, 2009, 5:37 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Kennewick, WA to Portland, OR Yes, believe it or not, it's a new journal entry! Let's jump right in...Friday, September 11th, 2009Kennewick, WA to Plymouth, WA (Paradise Park)I wanted to ...
    Posted Oct 20, 2009, 7:36 PM by Paul Gareau
  • New Pictures Posted! Just wanted to make sure nobody misses the new pics. There are three new albums, covering Kennewick Washington to the Redwoods in California:Portland, OR to Redwoods, WADrive around ...
    Posted Oct 4, 2009, 10:19 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Maps - Trail, BC (Canada) to Newport, OR (USA) Hey all. No report yet, but don't worry - I've been taking notes and I just need to get it all typed up. For now, here are my GPS ...
    Posted Sep 27, 2009, 8:24 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update Just a quick update for now... I made it to Portland on Tuesday after battling a fierce headwind through the Columbia Gorge - not fun! This is my second day of ...
    Posted Sep 17, 2009, 3:22 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Trail, BC (Canada) to Kennewick, WA (USA) Hey all! I know it's been a while, but I have a new commitment to this blog and I'll be trying to post updates more frequently going forward ...
    Posted Sep 11, 2009, 12:29 PM by Paul Gareau
  • The Cassiar Highway - Watson Lake to Kitwanga OverviewScenery - 8Road Conditions - 7 (some gravel and less than smooth sealed roads)Free Camping opportunities - 10 Hills - 7Services - 3 This section of the trip was one of ...
    Posted Aug 24, 2009, 6:33 PM by Christopher Philpott
  • Video Update Howdy folks. This is a video I recorded way back on the Cassiar highway. We've been meaning to do more of these, so we'll try to make one ...
    Posted Aug 17, 2009, 10:15 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Whitehorse, Yukon to Watson Lake, Yukon We just finished a nice 5 day ride from Whitehorse to Watson Lake. Lukily, we ended up having a great tailwind most of the time that made the days much ...
    Posted Jul 29, 2009, 4:29 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Inuvik, Northwest Territories to Eagle Plains, Yukon Territory Hey all. Here is the much anticipated blog report from the first half of the Dempster highway!Monday, July 1st, 2009Dawson City, Yukon Territory to Eagle Plains, Yukon Territory ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2009, 7:16 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Chris is here! Chris got my message yesterday evening and managed to catch a ride back down to Whitehorse, so everything is good again. We're a couple days ahead of schedule now ...
    Posted Jul 23, 2009, 2:15 PM by Paul Gareau
  • A little snag... This is just another quick update. I really will write up a report of our trip so far, I promise. So... we were back in Dawson in time for the ...
    Posted Jul 22, 2009, 2:10 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Back in Dawson! Hey all. Chris and I got back to Dawson yesterday. We were able to hitch a ride all the way to Inuvik, but we waited most of the day before ...
    Posted Jul 17, 2009, 4:16 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Quick Update Hi all. Chris arrived on schedule last night, and we did our food shopping today for the next two weeks. We're planning to drop one weeks worth of food ...
    Posted Jun 30, 2009, 2:09 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Tok, Alaska to Dawson City, Alaska Hi all. Wow, that was a tough week. I covered a little over 200 miles on the Taylor Highway and the Top of the World Highway. They're both very ...
    Posted Jun 29, 2009, 2:14 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Fairbanks, Alaska to Tok, Alaska G'day mates! I've been riding with a couple Australians, so it seemed appropriate to start my post that way. Come to think of it, I haven't heard ...
    Posted Jun 22, 2009, 10:30 AM by Paul Gareau
  • Alaska! Hey all! This is my first post from the road. I got in to Fairbanks about four hours ago, and managed to split a cab ride with a hiker named ...
    Posted Jun 15, 2009, 1:15 PM by Paul Gareau
  • Chris's First Post Hi everyone, with 24 days to go till the trip starts I'm starting to get pretty excited and nervous.  I'm worried about the standard things like getting mauled ...
    Posted Jun 6, 2009, 4:15 AM by Christopher Philpott
  • First Post! Hi all! I finished moving out of my apartment yesterday, and I'll be staying at my Mom's until my flight on the 14th. I managed to fill a ...
    Posted Jun 2, 2009, 11:36 AM by Paul Gareau
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