I awake one Autumn Patagonian morning. I am cold. My sleeping bag is soaked through. I try to open my tent. I can’t. The zipper is frozen shut. Why is my sleeping bag wet? I panic and force the tent’s zipper open. Everything outside is white. I am cold. Why is my sleeping bag wet? My bicycle looks all pretty, white and sparkly!
I run my hand over the tent. It’s frozen. The tent being frozen fills me with excitement. I have no idea why. Defrosting will take hours in such coldness and I make the executive decision to pack up frozen. I’m in a remote part of the world. A road to this part of Patagonia was only completed in 1996. Such remoteness means I can’t be sure I’ll even pass a house this day. Having a wet tent and sleeping bag could well be a problem when temperatures plummet as night arrives. My fingers hurt with cold. Pack up fast Ishbel and get cycling!
I stick my head inside the tent. My hands touch the wet sleeping bag and my mind flashes back to the long climb the previous day. My thoughts consumed with each pedal stroke of sticking my thumb out and hitchhiking. A ridiculous state of mind to be in. There is no traffic on this road! Click to continue reading →
Cycling Patagonia. The foxes stole my food. The birds of prey stole my food. The man stole my jacket. I ran out of water and I cried. I achieved my ultimate dream of hiking the Torres del Paine Circuit in Patagonia. Albeit the first attempt I got rescued on Xmas Day in a snow storm. […] Click to continue reading →
Cycling South America solo for four months now. Pedalling through the most extraordinary landscapes of my world tour. Walking over glaciers. Drinking from waterfalls. Marvelling at King Penguins Hiking and cycling some of the planets most remote, spectacular and beautiful off road trails. Click to continue reading →
On Xmas Day I begin a 10 day unassisted trek around the Torres del Paine in Chile, South America. This Scottish girl can’t quite believe she is about to realise her ultimate travel dream of many years – The Torres del Paine! Carrying 10 days of food with all camping and cooking equipment is heavy! Of […] Click to continue reading →
It’s not all rosy cycling around the world! There are some really tough moments that stretch you way past your limits as a human being and a cyclist. Especially being a woman travelling on your own. Sometimes you are in complete wilderness and no help is coming your way. You are on your own and it’s up […] Click to continue reading →
The Patagonian Wind Cycling from Argentina into Chile. Brutal. Click to continue reading →