After our recovery day in El Calafate we headed further south towards Torres del Paine, which is in neighbouring Chile.  Our route there took us across the flat, open and incredibly barren pampas, with the occasional estancia or glimpse of the Andes to the west (we even say Torres del Paine in the distance, Read More

We spent a day in El Calafate to have a well-earned break, unwind and recover from our climb.  We however couldn’t leave Calafate without seeing the world-famous Perito Moreno Glacier 80km away, and took the bus out there in the morning. Now I’ve seen a lot of glaciers in my time, but this one, Read More

I remember the first time I heard of the Ice Cap (also called the South Patagonian Ice Field or the Continental Ice Cap), many years ago now as I was just getting into the mountain scene.  I was flicking through a Macpac outdoor gear catalog from NZ and they had a full double-page photo of their, Read More

What can I say, I loooooooove this city!!! I’ve been here for a few weeks now and am really getting into it.  I arrived after a hellishly long trip across the Pacific.  I first had an 18 hours stopover in Auckland overnight which sucked (ever wondered who “that guy” is sleeping on the lounge, Read More

G’day again, and welcome back listeners.  I’m in Australia for a couple of weeks right now and it’s fantastic to be home again.  I definitely feel like it’s been a great chance to recharge my batteries.  While backpacking the Silk Road was a unique and incredible experience, I definitely ran out of steam by, Read More

I fly back to San Francisco today, completing my circumnavigation of the northern hemisphere which began way in June.  Looking back over the past several months, at all I’ve seen and experienced, I do have mixed thoughts.  Of course there’s a definite feeling of accomplishing something pretty damn special in traversing the ancient Silk, Read More

I hadn’t thought about it before, but Hong Kong is a fitting place to finish my Silk Road trip.  The trip began in Istanbul, that great city where “east meets west”.  Hong Kong, as a city where “west meets east”, neatly bookends the trip (while not having a think to do with the Silk, Read More

My last full day in China and one final stop along the Silk Road: some more Buddhist caves at Shuilian Dong! Shuilian Dong, or the Water Curtain Caves (I like the Chinese name better), are about 20km outside the small town of Luomen.  I traveled from Tianshui yesterday afternoon through some beautiful countryside to, Read More

Nothing much to report today.  I had a look at a “famous” Taoist Temple in the city today, but didn’t think it was anything spesh.  I’m off to my last destination, Luomen, this afternoon, and have time to kill until then so I’m chilling in this internet cafe with about a thousand chain-smoking Chinese, Read More

I was disappointed to leave Xiahe, but also excited at the realization that I only have a handful of days left before it’s all over.  I fly out from Lanzhou on the 15th for Hong Kong, where I’m going to chill (and stock up on yummy yum cha/dim sum) before I fly back to, Read More