Cycling the Altiplano (Ilave, Peru)

It feels so strange to cycle on flat ground!  Here we are – way up high in the Andes Mountains – and it’s flat.  I can’t seem to wrap my mind around this one.

It was a fairly nondescript day.  We had hoped we would cycle along the shores of Lake Titicaca, but most of the day was spent passing by a large peninsula so we didn´t see much of the lake.

We are now only about 80 km from the Bolivian border – don’t know if we’ll be able to make it there tomorrow or not. It’s too cold in the morning so we can’t get an early start.  Oh well, it’ll be there waiting for the next day too!

Kilometers today:  58

They use these tricycles to transport just about everything!Tricycle as transport

Even though it is flat here, we are surrounded by mountians.


Father and son in their matching First Ascent shirts!

John and DAryl

There are a lot of sheep in this part of the world!

Herding sheep

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About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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6 Responses to Cycling the Altiplano (Ilave, Peru)

  1. Rick Norman June 29, 2010 at 6:02 pm #

    I am glad to see John feeling better and well enough to ride. He had me scared for a moment there.

  2. nancy June 29, 2010 at 6:25 pm #

    Thanks Rick! I think he was pretty dehydrated – it was touch and go for a while. Hopefully he’s learned his lesson!

  3. dobbin June 30, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    jv be careful, we don’t want to read about another incident like the one in Addis. Also, your yellow/black turtleneck looks exactly like one I had that went missing:)

  4. Jim Goodson July 5, 2010 at 5:33 am #

    I just found you guys! Two months ago I was sitting in the lobby of my La Paz hostel, when I met a single woman who was in the middle of riding her motorcycle ALONE from Connecticut to the tip of South America. I have been bragging about her to everyone I meet. Now I have a whole family to really brag about! You guys are amazing!
    I’m a 76 year old Science nut who loved running in the cobblestone streets of La Paz – just because I could. I’m heading back for a year stay in October.
    My terrific daughter has lived in La Paz for 8 years. Her number is 242-4500. She would be thrilled and honored to meet you and help in anyway she could.
    Jim Goodson
    Benson, Arizona

  5. Ryan Orme March 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm #

    I met you guys in Ica, Peru. I was a missionary there, but I’m glad to see that ya’ll made it!


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