The City of Salsa

When last you read, the Troll Boys were just leaving Popayan, headed to Cali, the third-largest city in Colombia. The first day out of Popayan was short, as Ryson was struggling to eat and still recovering from illness. Instead of biking far, we stopped early to rest and watch Disney movies, the best remedy. The …

10 Points to Colombia!

Soon after the Troll Boy’s rest from conquering the volcano of Cayambe, the beginning of the trip in Colombia began. Although Colombia was a country of ill repute, it has turned into a jewel for bike touring, with friendly people, wonderful gradients, and fewer aggressive dogs. We crossed the border from Ecuador into the town …

Everything in Ecuador is Extremely Steep

When last you heard from us, the Troll Boys were in Baños enjoying the marvelous hot springs. The next stage of the journey aimed to bring us into Quito, the capital and second-largest city in Ecuador. Baños, while still high in the mountains, is a thousand meters lower in altitude than Quito, but for some …

What I Would Do For A Hot Bath

Cuenca is the third-largest city in Ecuador, and it’s historic downtown area is listed as a UNESCO world heritage trust site, due to the many beautiful colonial-style buildings. The Troll Boys enjoyed the beauties of the city, especially the New Cathedral, an opulent church filled with expensive marbles imported directly from Italy. However, we soon …

To Conquer the Earth Itself

It seems you are often told in life that the most important part of accomplishing your goals is the journey it takes to get there. I can now definitively assure you that it is indeed character-building to bike from sea-level to nearly 14,000 ft in three days. Yes, you read that correctly! Three straight days …

Following the Wallow

Three young men set out on a journey across Ecuador and Colombia, always in search of the next paradise where they can wallow in adventure (and hot springs) to their heart’s content.   Meet Cody Wagner, 24, graduate of the University of Iowa and esteemed industrial engineer. Cody is the brains of the group, solving …