Jack Greenwood: Bicycle Touring in South America, Patagonia to Colombia
Cycling across South America might sound like a line from an adventurer’s dream diary, but for Jack Greenwood, it was a vivid, breathtaking reality. In the latest episode of our podcast, Jack recounts his 12,000 kilometer journey that took him from the frosty terrains of Patagonia to the balmy shores of Colombia.
Imagine waking up each day to the promise of new landscapes, the thrill of the unknown, and the sheer joy of pedaling through some of the world’s most stunning scenery. For Jack, each day was like a birthday, filled with the anticipation of a child, as he traversed the majestic Andes, navigated the arid Atacama, and marveled at the lush Amazon.
His odyssey was inspired by the iconic film “The Motorcycle Diaries,” yet Jack opted for the raw, unfiltered experience that only a conventional bicycle can offer. This meant not only physical exertion but also a deep connection with the land and its people. From the solitude of the open road to the warmth of local hospitality, Jack’s narrative is a testament to the transformative power of travel.
The Great Peru Divide, a 1,600-kilometer stretch almost entirely above 3,500 meters, emerged as the pinnacle of his trip. It was a daily routine of six-hour climbs and exhilarating descents, a routine that would intimidate most but for Jack, it was a privilege, a daily celebration of life and adventure.
Listeners will find themselves immersed in Jack’s story, from his initial struggles with altitude to the moments of unexpected kindness that punctuated his journey. His tale is not just about the physical landscape but also about the internal discoveries, the challenges overcome, and the dreams fulfilled.
So, if you’re yearning for adventure or seeking inspiration to embark on your own, tune in to this episode. Jack’s journey is a powerful reminder that the world is out there, waiting to be explored, one pedal stroke at a time. Listen now and let your imagination ride alongside him through the breathtaking vistas of South America.
Follow Jack’s ongoing reflections and stories from his epic tour on his Substack, ‘10,000 Kilometres Arriba in Latino America,’ and on Instagram @Hedgewood.
The Seek Travel Ride Podcast
The Seek Travel Ride podcast is hosted by Bella Molloy and showcases amazing stories of adventure and discovery by bicycle. Launched in early 2023 there is now an amazing back catelogue of episodes to discover so be sure to check it out. New episodes are released every Saturday and are available on your favourite podcast player. Be sure to follow the podcast, to ensure you don’t miss an episode, and it really helps the show grow and reach an even larger audience.
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