Sunday, November 28, 2021

South America 2005-2006

Weeks 1-3

Howdy from the Walkingman,

I will be walking from Cartagena, Columbia to Lima, Peru starting November 17th 2005 till about Febuary 22nd 2006. So far I have walked 14,409 miles across the USA, Europe, UK, Mexico, Central America, and New Zealand. I have about 21,000 more miles to walk across Asia, Australia, Africa, and South America to break the Guinness Book World Record of 35,000 miles for walking around the world.

I am just finishing up working the summer here at Lake Powell Resort near Page, Arizona. Heading back to my hometown of Newfane, New York where I will visit family and friends before starting my walk across South America. At about 2000 miles to Lima, Peru , it should take me about 3 months at 20 to 25 miles a day. I also hope to walk from Lima, Peru to Santiago, Chile the next year, and then Santiago, Chile to Tierra de Fuego, Argentina the next year. Quite a few Internationals working here at Lake Powell, so I have been able to talk to some people from Columbia and Peru. They were able to give me some info on local conditions. I was a little worried about the rebels in Columbia, but they said December is the holiday travel period and the rebels usually have a cease fire. Since I am walking people are usually pretty nice to me and I think most bandits do not think I am a rich target to rob. Will be getting some updates on all my vacinations and some pills for malaria prevention. I had some problems with the Larium I took for Central America. So I am looking into generic doxycycline instead. Been doing some research on the web about different malaria prevention drugs. Please get back to me if you have any personnal experience with doxyclycline. My route will follow the Pan-American highway from Cartagena, Columbia south through the lowlands and then up into the mountains of Columbia and Ecuador, then down on to the coast road in Peru.

I will be in the Newfane, New York area from about October 20th to November 15th if anyone wants me to give a talk about my world walk to any schools or groups. Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave a message at 716-778-7193.

Every night right after sunset I pitch my tent just off the road and get a good nights sleep. Up at sunrise every morning I break camp, cook up a pot of oatmeal, 2 eggs, instant coffee, and sugar, and start walking. Usually I average about 20 to 25 miles a day, stopping to shop for food, rest breaks, talk to locals, go swimming, and enjoy observing the local plants and animals. Lots of nice people stop to talk and ask me what I am doing. People are always giving me food and drink, and sometimes invite me into their home for a home cooked meal, hot shower, and to stay over.

I usually eat about 6000 calories a day to keep me going. Yogurt, granola or oatmeal, eggs, apples, bananas, oranges, bread, cookies, dates, raisins, lots of sun tea, and a pint of ice cream if I can find it. I push a three-wheel baby jogger ( loaded with all my gear. Tent, sleeping bag, clothes, food, water, computer, and radio. Usually about 50 to 75 pounds. I write a weekly article about my journey on my pockemail computer ( and post it with photos on my website at Also have 10 new Walkingman comic strips about my walk drawn by Micheal Treat on my website. You can also see an ABC News video with me walking and answering questions. My webmaster Mike Kreidel has added a flash movie with photos and the song Walk 500 Miles by the Proclaimers.

Lots of people ask me why I am walking around the world. I tell them I am doing it for fun, adventure, exercise, and a cheap way to see the world. Every day I get to see the sun rise and set, meet lots of nice people, get lots of good exercise, and something unusual happens to me everyday. You never know what’s going to happen, whom you will meet, or what the weather will be like. It always reminds me of reading books like "The Hobbit", or "Walk Across America". You never know what kind of adventure you are going to have. Always nice to lay down in my tent after a full day of walking, watch the moon and stars come out, and think about what happened over the course of the day.

Keep on walking, Life is amazing.

Gary Walkingman Hause.

Walkingman’s 1st Week Across South America

Cartagena, Colombia to Sahagun, Colombia. 11-18-2005 to 11-24, 152 miles, 14,561 Total World Walk Miles.

Feels great to be on the road and walking cross country again. It gives me great pleasure and a sense of accomplishment, even though I am only strolling along at an easy pace. Fresh air, blood pumping more oxygen to my brain makes me think better and come up with interesting thoughts and ideas. Walking gives me this enormous sense of confidence and feeling that I can do anything I put my mind to, or fail and try and try again till I succeed. Nothing like simplifying your life and going down to the basics to be able to appreciate the simple pleasures of life. Fresh air, water, good simple food, nice people, and beautiful nature.

Flew into Cartagena late Thursday afternoon, November 18th, after staying overnight in the airport at Panama City. Through passport control and got visa for 60 days with no problem. Assembled my baby jogger in 90 minutes and off walking just before the sun was setting in the sea. Found a nice place to camp on the beach about a mile from the airport. Beautiful sunset into the sea just as I starting setting up my tent on a small rock and sand jetty. Nice cool breeze coming off the water felt great after the heat and humidity at the airport. Up at 4am with the full moon overhead and quite a few locals out already for their morning walk while it was still cool out.

I walked into the old city of Cartagena surrounded by big stone walls and the big old Spanish fort all around. Took me a couple hours to walk through the busy streets with all kinds of vendors, markets, buses, taxis, motorcycles, bicycles, and noise. Great to get outside the city into the quiet peaceful countryside with fresh air and a good shoulder to walk on. Lots of walkers, bicyclers, donkeys, horses, 2 wheel hand carts, and others use the shoulder and sometimes a footpath beside the road. Not many regular cars, mostly buses, trucks, motorcycles, and taxis. With oil prices so high Americans are going to have to cut back on driving and walk, bicycle and take the bus more often.

Been pretty hot every day at about 80 F with cool rain almost every afternoon. I have to take a sponge bath before I get in my tent and keep a wet washcloth on my head for an hour before I cool down. Drinking about 4 to 8 liters of water and sun tea per day. Keeping my skin covered with big hat and bandana, long sleeve shirt, long shorts, knee socks, and cover my hands with bandana. Sunscreen sweats off me too fast. Stopping for shade breaks as often as possible during the hot part of the day. Whenever I see a decent sized river or stream I usually take a nice cool soak and rinse out my clothes.

Can not get through on the payphones to my AT&T 800 access number to use my calling card to download my Pocketmail email. I found that the Internet cafes here in Colombia are cheaper at only 1000 pesos (50 cents USA) per hour. So you can email me at either of my email addresses.

Listening to my Spanish for Dummies CD every am and pm for one hour in my tent while cooking and eating my oats and eggs. Also jotting down as many new words from my Spanish dictionary that I need to learn.

Question from my nephew Curtis: have I found anything neat on the roadside? Hardly anything so far, everything is reused down here, nothing thrown away except garbage. I did find 3 feathers, hawk, owl, and vulture, for my feather stick. It is an orange stick with reflectors and feathers that I use for defense against dogs or people. When I practiced Aikido (Japanese Martial Art), we used a 3 foot long wooden practice sword in some of our defensive moves.

Until next week, I am headed south for Medellin, Colombia.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.

Gary ¨Walkingman¨ Hause.


Walkingman’s 2nd Week in South America

Sahagun, Colombia to just past Taraza, Colombia. 11-25-05 to 12-1-05, 156 miles, 14,716 Total World Walk Miles.

Great second week walking in Colombia. Always takes me a week or two to get used to a new country and how I find the things I need, speak the language, and deal with the different culture. People have been real nice so far, no problems or bad times yet. Stopped by police or army at several checkpoints. They usually ask me what I am doing and look inside at all my gear. At one place they had their cook bring out a cup of coffee and a plate of fish, fried bananas, and jami. Another place they gave me some cold water and a couple cold Gatorade's.

Stopping in the central square area of most towns for a break in the shade. Usually lots of vendors around selling different snacks. I usually like to try different food whenever I see something new. Slices of cold watermelon, fresh squeezed orange juice, empanadas (corn cakes stuffed with meat and veggies), ice cream cones, avena (hot or cold milky white drink), and lots of other food I am not sure of yet. Sometimes a crowd gathers around me and start asking questions about what I am doing. People are often buying me snacks to help me on my walk and fatten me up I guess. Sometimes a bunch of kids will walk with me out of town for a little way and beep my horn and help push my baby jogger. Almost like the pied piper.

The first two weeks I have been walking across the hot and humid coastal lowlands. Just a few muddy rivers and lots of pasture and cows. I usually sing Zippity Do Dah when it is raining and I want the sun to come out. Now I need a song to make it rain on these hot days. So if anybody knows a good rain song, please email it to me. On December 1st I started climbing into the foothills of the Andes at Taraza. Much cooler with lots of clear cold streams to soak in. The locals run plastic hoses uphill to catch the clean water higher up to use for household uses and to clean trucks and cars. They have hoses lying on the roadside with cold water shooting up in the air. Feels great to stand under them and take a cool shower.

Broke a bearing in one of my rear wheels. I moved the wheel to the other side and it seemed to wobble a little less. So I slowed down a little bit and started looking for a bike repair shop. Took them about an hour and charged me 5000 pesos($2.50 US).

Stopped to soak in a cool river and surprised two lizards. They jumped up on their two back legs and ran into the river and swam away. Big fringe around their necks that they extend to make them look bigger. Saw a boy selling a baby three toed sloth on the roadside. People selling all kinds of things to make a living down here.

Stopped the man pushing a cart loaded with two 10 gallon milk cans. Held out my metal pot and asked for leche (milk). He dug into his hip bag and put three 50 peso (about 7 cents US) coins in it. I gave them back and explained that I wanted to buy some milk. He filled up my 500 milliliter Gatorade jar for 400 pesos (about 20 cents US).

Buying most of my basic food (sugar, bread, yogurt, cookies, bananas, eggs) at the local shops in small villages. When I go through a big market town I usually stop at a Supermercado to pick up a few things the local shops do not carry, like oats and tea.

Till next week, I am headed south for Medillion. Thanks for all the email, be patient for an answer though as I am not finding Internet cafes in the rural areas. Email me by clicking on reply or from my website at (not at .com).

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.

Gary Walkingman Hause.


Walkingman’s 3rd Week in South America

Just past Taraza, Colombia to just past Medillion, Colombia. 12-2-05 to 12-8-05, 149 miles, 14,865 TOTAL WORLD WALK MILES.

Walking uphill 40 miles for 2 days straight from Taraza to Yarumal. Up at about 6,000 to 8,000 feet elevation I think. Hard walking but I actually still averaged about 22 miles per day as it was cooler and there were more cold mountain streams to cool off in. Nothing like soaking in a cold mountain stream on a hot day. Just listening to all the birds and insects and watching the sun filter through the trees all around me.

Always a good wide shoulder to walk on as there are still lots of walkers, bikers, horses, donkeys, motorcycles, trucks and buses. The trucks need the shoulder as they are always trying to pass the slower trucks on blind curves. No accidents yet, but I keep a close eye on everything going on around me. Lots of bicyclists catch rides uphill by holding on to the back bumper of trucks going up the steep hills. I even see these handmade wooden carts with steel bearing casings as wheels and wooden footpads as brakes hitching rides behind trucks.

Soldiers patrolling the small mountain towns with guns. Have not seen any rebels or had any trouble with anyone yet. Soldiers and police all have been nice so far.

Cold enough at night now that I have been sleeping in my sleeping bag. Down on the coast I was just laying on top of my sheet sack. Wool pants, sweater, wool hat and wool gloves for a couple mornings till I drop back down into the valley near Medillion. Long 10 mile switchback road all the way down into a steep valley. I did not make it before dark and had to camp between the fence and road on curve right next to a memorial for an accident victim that went over the cliff. I was protected on the uphill side by the guardrail and the concrete memorial, and on the downhill side by the slow moving vehicles with the road canted away from me. Kind of noisy being only 5 feet from the road, but hardly any traffic from 9pm till 5am. Police stopped to talk to me and asked what I was doing and that it was a dangerous place to camp. I explained that it was more dangerous to walk on road at night and that Dios mi protector (God my protecter). They asked some more questions then said good luck with my walk.

Through busy, noisy, dirty Medillion. Was able to use the Internet and pick up some needed supplies in the city. Not a big fan of big cities and I kept right on walking out of town as fast as possible. Unfortunately I did not make it out before dark and had a hard time finding a place to camp. Finally found a canal lined with trees and bushes were I was able to pitch my tent kind of hidden. Two private neighborhood security guards stopped by to talk, but did not ask me to leave, just curious. Lots of fireworks going off all night. I think that fireworks are blown off for fun in this time before Christmas. Glad to get back in the quiet peaceful country side the next morning.

I received an email from a guy who wanted to give me advice on getting published. He said my writing was boring, filled with misspellings, and mistakes. He wanted me to read Paul Theroux, a travel writer who I do not actually like anyway. I wrote him back and told him thanks for the constructive criticism, but that my priorities were walking first and then writing a short journal weekly about my adventure. This is my vacation and I do not do it to make a living. I am not a professional writer, and do not really care too much about mistakes or misspellings. Maybe in 10 years when I finish walking around the world I will go back to my original journals and rewrite, edit, submit, reedit, and do what ever it takes to get published. Right now I only spend about 30 minutes writing longhand a weekly article and another 30 minutes putting it into the computer as an email.

I have all these great thoughts when I am walking and then can not seem to get them all into my article when I am sitting in front of the computer. One hour inside is all I can take, then I have to get outside walking again. You really have to shut off your computer and walk outside to get a feeling for what I am doing. Grap a hat, water bottle, hip bag, and just start walking. Listen to the wind, birds, insects, cars rushing by. After a couple hours you start getting a runners high from all the adrenalin and endorphins your body releases. The human body is amazing in what it can do if you push yourself to see how far you can go. People would be a lot healthier and happier if they just walked or biked to work, the store, or school at least a couple days a week. Honey Short of Page, Arizona walks to work everyday. With the price of gas going higher I think more and more people will start doing it.

Headed south for Cali, email me with questions or comments by clicking on reply, or from my website at .

Weeks 4-6

Walkingman’s 4th Week in South America

Just past Medellin to Zarzal, Colombia.12-9-05 to 12-15-05, 169 miles, 15,034 Total World Walk Miles.

Out of the mountains for now and in a valley following the Cacau river. Passing lots of coffee bushes planted on the steep hillsides right up both sides of the valley and within 3 feet of the road. Lots of banana trees, papaya trees, cows and cattle.

Heavy rain and cooler weather (60 to 65F) made me get out my Gore-TeX jacket and pants for the first time this trip. Usually I just walk through the warm rain in shirt and shorts and let the sun dry me out when it comes out. Did get a rain song "Rain on Me" by the The Who, I think, from Julie Hayes in Page, Arizona. Leaving my rain fly off tent every night to see the stars and moon come out. I am a light sleeper and wake up right away when it starts raining; jump out of the tent and attach rain fly over tent in about 30 seconds.

Down to 170 pounds after 4 weeks walking. Started at 182 pounds, so I have lost 12 pounds. Soon to come out is my diet book and exercise tape ¨"lose 20 pounds in 2 months on walkingmans 6000 calorie a day diet, walking only 25 miles a day." Just kidding. Eating pretty good , oats and eggs for breakfast and dinner in my tent. Then snacking all day on 4 or 5 bananas, 2 cups of yogurt, one loaf of fresh bread, 2 empanadas filled with meat and veggies, 4 to 5 liters of sweet sun tea, and various snacks of watermelon, papaya, orange juice, chocolate, and whatever else new I see being sold by local vendors. Have not found any pints of ice cream, but do get an ice cream cone sometimes in the big cities when I see a man pushing a 3 wheeled cart with soft serve ice cream machine and generator chugging away to power it.

So far I have spent about 340,000 pesos ($170 US) in the last 28 days. So that works out to about 12,000 pesos ($6 US) a day for food, water, Internet, 1 haircut, and various misc expenses. I do not really have a budget; just spend whatever I need to. Been traveling by bike and walking for 28 years now, so I am just used to being thrifty, since I usually only work 6 to 8 months a year and travel the rest of the time.

Some teenagers in Chinchina took my photo outside an Internet store and emailed it to me. So I am having my brother Dave attach the photos to this weeks article. Teenagers always have lots of questions about my walk and I show them my world map with walking routes and explain in my slowly improving Spanish what I have with me, and what I am doing.

Cooking my oats one morning when I heard a dog start barking when he smelled my food. I was camped between the road and a big tarp covered fence. Three soldiers or police with shotguns shined their flashlight in my tent and asked some questions. No problem, I just explained what I was doing and they wished me luck on my journey. Pretty much all the land down here is fenced right up to about 10 to 20 feet from the road. So I usually just camp behind a tree or guardrail to give me protection from any car or truck crashing off the road. Once in a while I will find a soccer field, vacant lot, picnic area, or sort of public area where I can camp. Been woken up and questioned a few times but only once was I asked to leave. I camped right next to a cattle loading chute on the side of the road. The fence is usually recessed about 20 feet from the normal fence line so the trucks have space to back up to raised cement ramp with a fence leading from coral to load cattle. I thought I would be okay as long as I did not cross the fence, but these people considered that area their land and asked me to vamos. So I just packed up and walked about 10 minutes down the road and found another place to camp.

Another sealed bearing casing on my jogger broke. I was right outside of Cartago so walked back into town and had it fixed. He only charged me 2000 pesos ($1 US), but all he did was clean out old grease, put in new grease and seal it up. He did not put in a new bearing cup or race. I tried to show him what the other bike mechanic did to fix my other wheel, but he seemed to think it was okay and would work. Two of my 6 sealed bearings in my 3 wheels have broken in the last two weeks. Kind of worried that the rest will start breaking soon. I had it on my list of things to do before I left NY to clean and regrease all my bearings, but ran out of time. Have about 11,000 miles on the wheels and baby jogger over the last 5 years. Have been thinking about switching back to bicycle touring for a while now. Kind of worried about Africa, Asia, and South America with the distances, terrain, and infrastructure making it harder to walk across safely. A friend I worked with at Lake Powell Resort 5 years ago lives in Bogota and invited me to visit him. So I emailed him back and asked him if he would be able to take me around to a few bicycle stores and look for bikes, racks, and panniers to tour with. Carlos Vargas emailed me back and said he knew just the store to go to and would pick me up at the bus station. So I am taking the bus to Bogota to take a three day break and look into switching to bicycle touring across the rest of South America. The nice thing about bicycle touring is that you can go 80 to 100 miles a day on the same amount of food, water, energy, and money that you need to walk 20 to 25 miles a day. I started bicycle touring back in 1981 from Sequoia National Park to Florida, and then continued for about 6 years working part of the year and touring about 25,000 miles across the USA, Europe, Mexico, Canada, and Australia. I think I will get Mike Kreidel (my website guy) to change my website to "walking and biking around the world on $5 a day". Add a map of my bicycle routes and go back and write a few chapters on my early tours, if I can remember enough. Did not keep a daily journal back then.

Headed to Bogota now on bus, hopefully find a bike and touring gear and then start biking south Monday from Bogota. Will have to check the map and see how far I go the first week to determine how far I could go biking instead of walking. My return flight is for February 22nd from Lima, Peru. I could maybe make it all the way to Santiago, Chile or maybe even Argentina. Then either fly back to Lima for my flight, or change my ticket and go as far as possible until I have to come back to work at Lake Powell in March.

Keep on Walking, Life is Amazing.

Gary "Walkingman"(or soon to be Bikingman) Hause.

Biking-Walkingman's 5th Week Across South America

Bogota, Colombia to near Popayan, Colombia. 12-16-05 to 12-25-05, 371 miles, 25,371 World Bicycle Miles, 15, 034 World Walk Miles.

Rode the bus from Zarzul to Bogota to visit my friend Carlos Vargas and look at bicycles and touring gear. Scary ride over the mountains with fog, rain, and blind corners the bus driver would pass slow moving trucks on. Passed one accident with a big dump truck overturned on a dangerous curve. They had a series of vampire movies on the TV, so after a while I just pulled my hat down and tryed to nap. Carlos met me at the bus station in Bogota and gave me a warm bed, hot shower, computer time, and a nice tour of the city. We took a nice gondola ride up the mountain overlooking downtown to a popular Catholic Church. I worked with Carlos 4 years ago at Lake Powell Resort in Page, Arizona.

We went to a street with 4 bike stores all in a row. I was able to find a nice Trek 3900 Mountain Bike, front and rear racks, front and rear panniers, and a tri-bar for the front handlebars, all for about $540; gloves, helmet, toe clips and straps, and some extra tubes and repair patch's for another $40. Nice strong bike that rides smooth with about 50 or 60 pounds of gear on it. Went through all my gear and left a few things behind that I had not been using. I left my baby stroller and all the extra stuff with Carlos to use as he saw fit.

Took a couple days to get used to bicycle touring again on a new bike. Been taking it easy, making sure everything is working right and not pushing it. No hurry, no worries. Fell three times the first two days because I kept forgetting to losen my toe straps when I came into town. I looked a little like the guy on trike that kept on falling over in "Laugh In" TV show from the 1960's. They help you going up hills by letting you pull up with one leg while you are pushing down with the other leg. Two flats so far, cut up my extra tubes and lined the tires with the extra tubes.

First big mountain day was 31 miles uphill from Ibague to La Linea. Ran out of daylight close to the top and camped in some pine trees. Not sure of elevation, but Bogota is 8,000 feet, so I think I might have been at 10,000 to 12,000 feet possibly. Only 2 miles to the top in 45 minutes in the morning. Pretty foggy and light rain on the ride down till I passed through the clouds into sunshine. About a 1 hour ride in about 30 miles to Armenia passing trucks all the way. Local biker Julio stopped to talk to me in Ibague the night before while I was setting up my tent in a cow pasture. He returned in the morning and bicycled with me for about a half hour and gave me a bicycle shirt from the local bicycle racing team.

Some new snacks I have tried from vendors is Arepas, flour pancakes fried on a grill, stuffed with cheese, and served hot with honey on top. I could have sat there and ate 2 or 3 more, but it was getting dark and I needed to find a camping spot. Chollas frutus, shaved ice in a cup topped with guava syrup, diced pineapple, mango, papaya, sliced apple, melon, bananas, grapes, and topped with Cowie syrup. I guess I am trying to eat my way across South America.

Glad I switched to bicycling. It is a little bit harder on my body, my back and seat are a little sore, but my body should get used to it soon. Pretty much the same as walking, just going about 2 or 3 times farther everyday. I am in no hurry though, and still take lots of breaks to eat, talk to people, go swimming, etc . My favorite book has always been "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse. Its all about the different stages in life we go through and what we can learn and pass on to others. Life is a journey and not a destination, learning about happiness, tragedy, wisdom, love, and many other things.

Headed south for Pasto and the border with Ecuador. Email me with questions and comments by clicking on reply, or from my website at .

Life is Amazing, Keep on Walking and Biking.

Gary "Biking-Walkingman" Hause.

Biking-Walkingman's 6th Week Across South America

Near Popayan, Colombia to near Ibarra, Ecuador. 12-26-05 to 1-1-06, 305 miles, 25,676 Total World Bike Miles.

Going uphill all week it seems like. From Popayan at 5400 feet elevation to Pasto at 12,600 feet, to Ibarra , Ecuador which is about 12,000 to 13,000 feet. 90% of the time I am going slowly uphill at 3 to 4 mph in my lowest granny gear. Sometimes I stand up and up shift 2 gears and stretch out my legs and back. Then every once in a while I go downhill at 25 to 40mph with my hands cramping from holding the brake levers tight to slow down for blind curves and oncoming passing trucks. Rainy days are bad for downhills as the water reduces braking power and wet curves are really scary at 25mph on a bike. My body is pretty used to the biking now. No sore back or seat anymore. Still taking it easy and not overdoing it. No hurry, no worries. Taking lots of snack breaks, soaking in cool mountain streams once or twice a day, and even taking a siesta nap during the hottest part of the day.

Saturdays and Sundays are always market days in the bigger towns. Lots of vendors selling food, clothes, and all kinds of stuff. I usually walk around looking for something new to try and listen to the church service and music through the open church doors that always are in front of the central square. This week I spotted a whole roast pig simmering over a fire in front of one cafe. So I had a big serving of pork, rice, lentils, corn cakes and pork cracklings for $1.25.

This week there was a lot of holiday activity in the streets. Fireworks going off all night and kids in costumes stopping traffic with string and tires asking for coins and throwing water and water balloons at everybody. Caught the New Years Eve Parade in Impales with big paper mache floats of what looked mostly like Rock Stars.

Cool nights in the beautiful mountains start me off with wool pants and sweater, but usually I warm up in about 10 minutes climbing the hills. A few bicycle racers out training have been stopping and talking with me and then riding for a while with me.

Volcano Galeras was visible and smoking right outside of Pasto, Colombia. Erupted last in 1993 and killed 11 researchers on a field trip. The volcanic ash makes the soil real good for farming so the mountain slopes all around are covered with farms . A run away cow almost ran over my tent one evening. I was in my tent cooking my dinner between the fence and the road surrounded by a couple trees and bushes. I heard a bellowing and loud footsteps coming towards me, but he swerved away at the last second.

Through the border and into Ecuador with no problems. I was the only one in line waiting to get my passport stamped. Changed my pesos into American dollars, as that is the currency they use here. Lot easier to shop without having to convert in my head what everything costs.

Will be keeping separate mile totals for walking and biking as I plan on continuing walking and biking around the world depending on several factors for which mode of travel will be best for the area I am going to do next.

Five motorcycle tourists from Medillion stopped to talk and took my photo with a digital camera and said they would email them to me. So hopefully in a week or two I will include some photos of my bicycle touring setup with one of my articles.

Headed south for Quito, Ecuador and then the Peruvian border. Email me with questions and comments by clicking on reply, or from my website at .

Weeks 7-8

Biking-Walkingman's 7th Week Across South America

Near Ibarra, Ecuador to Alausi. 1'2'06 to 1'8'06, 312 miles, 25,988 Bike miles.

Halfway through the trip now. Seven weeks walked and biked, and 6 more weeks to go. Quito, Ecuador at 14,400 feet was the high point of the trip. I started climbing at 6am about 13 miles outside of the city. I made it to the outskirts at about 9am and kept climbing all day through the city. After eating, shopping, sightseeing, Internet use, and biking through the city I finally made it to the outskirts by 4pm. The city must be about 15 to 20 miles long with way too many buses, trucks, people, pollution, and noise. Could not get a good photo as there was a lot of clouds and diesel fumes.

South of Quito was a lot cleaner with quite a few beautiful snow covered mountains and volcanos on both sides of the broad valley I was biking through. Several cold rainy nights, but I was warm and dry in my tent and sleeping bag. Tough riding at this high elevation, but I just pace my self and take plenty of rest breaks, snack breaks, and any other excuse I can think of to stop. Lots of locals hail me to stop and talk to them. They always want to shake my hand and ask me questions about where I am from. No problems so far and a lot easier to find a camping spot here in Ecuador. They do not use as much fencing and there is a lot of open pasture to camp in. Often people come by to talk to me while I am setting up my tent or cooking dinner.

Passed the Equator just north of Quito, but never saw any sign. I took the local road into town, so it might have been on the bypass. The days have been about even 12 hours sun, and 12 hours night. With the sun headed north and me south, I should start getting a little more daylight.

Meet 2 French bikers, Max and Claire. They were riding a custom 3 wheeled tandem with a special seat and hand crank set up in the back. They gave me some good advice on the road ahead that they are getting from friends touring ahead. They say the coast road in Peru is better than the mountain road south of Loja. Was trying to decide which one to take.

Not sure how far I will go on this trip. Should make it to Lima, Peru a little before the time of my return ticket to USA. Might have enough time to go on to Nazca to see the Nazca lines, and then on to Cuzco and take a side trip to Maccu Pichu. Will see how I feel when I get to Lima. This biking is taking more out of me than walking was. Little bit harder on the body, and more dangerous. I almost hit a lady that walked into the road in front of me while I was going about 35mph. I yelled and swerved to the left, she stepped back a couple feet. Close call has also happened a couple times with dogs in the road. When biking you always have to keep an eye on everything going around you. Had to replace my brake pads on front and back wheels after only 3 weeks. That must be a record for bicycle brake pads. Going downhill was getting scary going around curves with my hands cramping holding the brakes down tight. New pads are much better at slowing me down.

Headed south for Loja, and then west for the Peru border and the coast road. Email me with questions and comments by clicking on reply, or from my website at .

Keep on Biking and Walking, Life is Amazing.

Gary Biking-Walkingman Hause.

Biking-Walkingman's 8th Week Across South America

Aliusi, Ecuador to Cuenca, Ecuador. 1-9-06 to 1-15-06, 106 miles, 26,094 Bike miles.

Tough week uphill most of the time it seemed like. Every day it seemed like I was climbing through clouds or fog with beautiful mountains all around me. I could often hear and see people below and above me working in the fields, and kids playing and laughing while I slowly climbed at 3mph.

As I passed through Cuenca a storm was brewing behind me and slowly catching up with me. I found a vacant lot to camp in with piles of dirt and a few cows staked out to graze just on the outskirts of town. As I started to pitch my tent the wind picked up and it started to rain. Usually I lock my bike to a tree or fencepost, but there was nothing around and I was in a hurry to get inside my tent and out of the rain. So I just leaned it up against a rock and locked the heavy steel u-lock around the back wheel and frame, plus I always tie a nylon cord to my bike and tent pole to act as a tripwire to warn me if anybody is moving my bike. I woke up about 10pm and noticed that my bike was gone. Somebody cut the tripwire and carried it away without waking me. Took a look around with my flashlight, but whoever took it was long gone. I guess I was lucky he did not hurt me or take my camping gear or money. Had quite a few big rocks weighting down the edge of my tent he could have easily used to knock me over the head with. Had a hard time getting back to sleep, a bit concerned about whether he would come back for the bike lock key, my money, or my camping gear. Had quite a few thoughts going through my head about whether I should buy another bike, buy a backpack and go back to walking, or end my journey for now and take bus to airport and fly back to USA. Finally got back to sleep and woke up about 5 am to cook my oats and pack up my gear. Made a makeshift backpack out of my gore-tex jacket and walked into town. Bought a backpack to carry all my gear and headed over to the bus station to catch a bus to Lima, Peru. Had a wild ride through more mountains and then along the barren desert coast all the way to Lima, Peru. The flight I had a ticket for back to the USA on Continental Airlines was booked full for the next ten days, but I got lucky on standby and got on the next flight home.

I had a good journey and this was a good time to end it for now. Had a few problems, but met a lot of good people, saw a lot of beautiful places, ate a lot of great food, lost 20 pounds, and just generally had a good time. If I make it home alive I consider my journey a success. Already worked on my backup baby jogger this morning and got it all put back together and ready for my next walk. Will spend a couple weeks visiting family and friends here in the Newfane, New York area, visit my brother and his family down in the Newport News, Virgina area. Then out to Page, Arizona to work at Lake Powell Resort for the summer and plan my next journey. Always willing to give a free talk about my journeys to any schools or organizations that are interested. Email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or leave a message at 716-778-7193.

Not sure where my next journey will be yet, but I am looking at a three wheel recumbent tricycle with a Honda 4 stroke 31cc bicycle engine. Saw it on the Internet at . I have been thinking about trying a "Around the World in 80 days Hybrid Tricycle Tour". Top engine speed is about 30mph plus leg power you pedal with. My route would start in Page, Arizona when I finish work November 1st, 2006. Trike east to Newport News, Virgina. Fly to Lisbon, Portugal and trike east across Europe to Istanbul, Turkey. Then across Turkey, ferry across the Caspian Sea from Baku to Turkmenistan, on through Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, down through Malaysia and ferry over to Australia. Across Australia and fly to Los Angeles and finish up back up in Page, Arizona. Will have to do some research on the route, distances, weather, roads, visas, and other factors this summer. Heading down to visit Mr Doyle in Omaha, Illinois and try out his trike and decide if I want to order one. Would like to ride it out to Arizona this spring and see if it is feasible to do 250 to 300 miles a day. Will write a few articles about my trike ride out to Arizona if it happens in a couple weeks.

Also want to do some more walking tours and continue adding to my World Walk Mile Total. Will get my photos for this current walk developed and posted on my website as soon as possible. Micheal Treat is working on more Walkingman Comic Strips to post on my website also. Feel free to make a Walkingman Comic Strip T-Shirt if you like. You can buy 10 iron on computer printer transfer sheets at Wal-Mart for about $10, set your computer printer on reverse image, and download any Walkingman Comic Strip from my website at . Then you just use a hot iron to iron it on to any white t-shirt.

Well I hope I have inspired a few people to go out and do some walking, biking, have an adventure, or just enjoy life in a new way.

Keep on Walking and Biking, Life is Amazing.
Gary "Walkingman" Hause.

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