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The Daylong Challenge South America: A few words of thanks

The Daylong Challenge South America: A few words of thanks

The whole Daylong Challenge South America journey, covering 3,600km across four different countries and one of the world’s most amazing mountain ranges, would not have been possible without the support of first and foremost Galderma and Daylong, so we do really want to thank them for this. It has been amazing having their backing and […]

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The Daylong Challenge and LEJOG

The Daylong Challenge and LEJOG

The last three years since we began the 360 project, and indeed, the last forty days of the Daylong Challenge South America are already turning into a bit of a blur. It is great being here in Santiago, able to relax, get to meet Jean Pierre who has been our main contact in the country, […]

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Day 40: To Santiago and the final day of the Daylong Challenge!!

Day 40: To Santiago and the final day of the Daylong Challenge!!

We have done it!! So ends the Daylong Challenge South America!! Now resting and enjoying the sites, sounds, food and drink of Santiago in Chile with the Andean mountains behind us – it’s incredible being here and it has been quite a journey. It feels strange that it is over – at least for now!! […]

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Day 39: Exhilaration

Day 39: Exhilaration

Our last day in Argentina started off a little cold –2C as we packed up our tent and headed off higher into the mountains, ever closer to the Chilean border. When we left the ghost town of Penitentes at around 7am, the mountains in the east still cast their long shadows over us, denying us […]

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Day 38: Final night in Argentina

Day 38: Final night in Argentina

We’re almost coming to an end of the Daylong Challenge South America, and I write this just as we have set up our tent at a place called Penitentes, around 30km away from the Chilean border and 2,500m or so above sea-level. It’s a bit of a ghost town here: almost everything is closed as […]

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Day 37: Into the Andes…!

Day 37: Into the Andes…!

One word to describe today: spectacular. It was by no means easy: 125km from Mendoza to Uspallata, climbing a cumulative total of 1,763metres and reaching an altitude of 1,841m above sea level; having to escape a pretty busy city with lots of heavy traffic; dealing with sudden strong winds, lost of dust and intense sun; […]

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Day 36: A bit of respite…

Day 36: A bit of respite…

A day in Mendoza was always something we were looking forward to, though it didn’t work out exactly as we imagined. We wanted to visit some vineyards, but time was against us in the end. We did manage to clean our bikes and change our brakes – nothing more worrying than the thought of going down […]

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Daylong Challenge South America: A summary after over a month of cycling

Daylong Challenge South America: A summary after over a month of cycling

Days on the road: 35 Distance travelled: 3,255km Distance until Santiago: 355km Longest distance travelled in one day: 206.3km (Day 23: Durazno to Colonia) Accumulative total of metres climbed: 26,243m Most climbed in one day: 1,865m (Day 4: Itapetininga to Itapeva) Number of sunny days: 28.5 Number of rainy days: 4.5 Number of overcast days: […]

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Day 35: Mendoza

Day 35: Mendoza

   A reasonably short ride today – just 110km to Mendoza city, the capital of the main wine province of Argentina. It seems strange writing “short” now to describe such distances – in Brazil, we considered anything above 100km to be a hard day. Cycling this far is a long way, but as everything is […]

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Day 34: A day of two halves

Day 34:  A day of two halves

Where to start?! Quite a day, to say the least, and another day of two halves. The first half was absolutely miserable. The second was beautiful and also quite exciting. Getting up in the morning and we could see that it was wet and cloudy outside. Not pleasant at all and did not bode well […]

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