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Two friends are waiting for me in the city of Mendoza. She is from home and he is from the road. I am happy to see both of them. The three of us start cycling together and after a long ride on my own, it is great to have some close friends beside me.  I usually don’t recognize loneliness until I compare it to togetherness and now I want to be together. It makes everything more enjoyable. We bike between the vineyards in the valley, the night camps in the desert and the swimming spots in the lake region.

Some stages are hard, but they feel easier together. We pedal against the strong wind together, we camp in the pouring rain together and we breathe through the volcanic ash together. There is no real hardship when you have friendship. We can act as wind shelter for each other by cycling close ahead, we can gather in the tent while the rain is pounding down on it and we can wear surgical masks against the ash in the air without feeling odd.

Our trio is expanding and decreasing along the way. Other cyclists from Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Spain and Turkey join the group and brighten up our biking days and camping nights. We meet more and more long distance cyclists and it is empowering to talk to those who share our path. But all of those new meetings and reunions consequently lead to many goodbyes.  And they are so much harder to face then all the wind, rain and ash combined. So, eventually we part, but two Swedish friends still remain. I am truly looking forward to continuing cycling with them and hope that the others will be there somewhere on the road ahead.




  1. hanna Thursday, January 5, 2012, at 5:26 PM

    For some more bike love in Argentina, watch Albert Sans music video from our days on the road together in the lake district.

  2. Jason | BodesWell Friday, January 6, 2012, at 12:34 PM

    so great to meet you and continued success in your journey! We are now in the Chilean Lakes District and still moving slow – hope to meet up with you again farther down the road!

    Jason, Angela, Bode

  3. Anna S. Willems Friday, January 6, 2012, at 8:38 PM

    låter underbart härligt! Fin video! Fint att se dig rulla med ett stort leende(såklart!)

  4. Hanna Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 9:10 AM

    It was great to meet you and your sweet family as well Jason, lets do it again further down the road. We are heading to Chile and some more lovely lakes soon. See you.

  5. Hanna Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 9:13 AM

    Visst är det en fin video Anna. Det finns många anledningar att le härnere, speciellt när allt bara rullar på. Ler även åt tanken att det inte dröjer så länge tills jag får se dig och hemmavännerna snart igen.

    Abrazos / Hanna

  6. Deva Munay Saturday, January 7, 2012, at 5:32 PM

    hi love!! So happy to hear that you have friends with you!! I completely resonate with your words, and know the joy of togetherness. Sending you strength, courage, grace and so much joy!! and always lots of love.


  7. hanna Tuesday, January 10, 2012, at 2:23 PM

    Hello sister, thank you for everything and I am sending all those great words and thoughts back to you with lots and lots of love.

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