Bolivia has been an extraordinary adventure both on and off the bike. Cycling and wild camping my way over 5000 metre mountain passes is the highest I’ve ever travelled in my life and I did it on two wheels! The high altitude altiplano of the Andes is the remotest cycling I’ve done having to carry several days food and water. Sometimes it seemed I was cycling on another planet rather than earth.
I cycled across the worlds largest salt flat, crawled through toxic mines, pedalled through cloud forest and conquered my jungle fears. Following the route of Che Guevara, I contemplated history and life to the place he was executed. I became a stronger person surviving 11 days with no money by making bracelets and swapping for food.
I made many friends along the way. And fell in love with the indigenous peoples. I learned about human rights movements and felt inspiration sweep though me by the women fighting back against a culture of violence and discrimination.
If Bolivia is such an extraordinary experience then why haven’t I blogged about it?
My friends, I’ve been so inspired by my journey through Bolivia that I’m writing my first book about it.
I’m 35,000 words into it so far and will have it finished and published in time for your Xmas read!
The final chapters of my book are happening right now as I pedal the remaining 600 km to the border of Brazil where a new adventure awaits. Cycling through the worlds largest wetlands.
Thank you all for being a part of the World Bike Girl community. We are an amazing bunch of people!
Ishbel, creator of World Bike Girl, has spent her life on bicycles, from road racing, to velodrome sprinting to cycling the world. She has pedalled across 20 countries solo and promotes commuting by bicycle. Much to the dismay of her friends, she is an avid wearer of socks and sandals.