Quiz: Desert Side Effects

Quiz Friday! Here are Sven and Tulku overlooking the desert. We’ve cycled through deserts and semi-deserts for the most part of this year, basically since entering Mexico and leaving the jungle region. Deserts are dry, deserts are hot and deserts have spectacular views. Also, no desert is alike!
Question: What do we miss the most when cycling through deserts?
A – Rain and rivers
B – Trees and forests
C – Cold weather and warm clothes
D – Nothing, we love deserts more than anything else
The winner will get a personal kilometer as well as a place in our Hall of Fame (http://on.fb.me/1JAdFTC). The quiz ends on Monday (00:00 GMT). The winner will be announced on Tuesday(ish). The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries.

Week 148. Cycling in New Mexico

Our week started in Albuquerque where we went through two-day ordeal of fixing our bikes (thanks, Dave!). Our bikes have lots of wear and tear after 3 years on the road, but still are holding great (thanks, MAXX!). After we left Albuquerque and Chihuahuan desert behind us, we started cycling Colorado Plateau. We found ourselves surrounded by such beautiful landscapes, that words fail to describe them. It’s still pretty deserterous, but yellow and orange rock formations are gorgeous! Best part: people say that even more beauty is in front of us!

Week 147. 1000 days on the road and counting!

Oh, what a week! We crossed many of our personal boundaries, both mental and physical, in order to arrive to Albuquerque on Independence day in USA. 4th of July coincided with our 1000th day on the road. It was a picture perfect day and welcome reward (fireworks included!) after our hard work. We made a video about this day, go check it out: https://youtu.be/3kCO6saryo4 The festivities were followed by tons of errands that need to be run and tons of research that need to be conducted.

Quiz: Spare Water

Quiz Friday! Here is Sven leaving town with 39 liters of water and drinks. This week we had a 160 kilometer long stretch through the desert without possibility to get new supplies for 3 days and 2 nights. It’s not unusual for us to carry food for more than 6 days, but carrying water for more than 2 days and 1 night is a challenge. We need water not only for drinking, but also for cooking and basic hygiene; but water is heavy and bulky supply, so it’s not easy to transport it.
Question: Were these 39 liters (10,4 gallons) of water and drinks enough for us to reach the next town?
A – Yes, and we had extra water and drinks left
B – Yes, but we reached the town without any drop left
C – No, we had enough drinks, but not enough water
D – No, we had to stop cars and ask for more water and drinks
Hint: Keep in mind that it’s >+35°C during daytime in the desert!
The winner will get a personal kilometer as well as a place in our Hall of Fame (http://on.fb.me/1JAdFTC). The quiz ends on Monday (00:00 GMT). The winner will be announced on Tuesday(ish). The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries.

Week 146: Hunt for Aliens

Week 146. Hunt for aliens. This week started with a visit to Carlsbad Caverns NP that was out of this world beautiful. Next, we reached Roswell and visited UFO research museum where we learned about the crash that happened in 1947 that sparked a lot of controversy. That was a loud crash, because people are still talking about it today! Later, we had a chance to hunt for aliens ourselves by crossing an uninhabited and160 km long desert where the UFO crashed, camping in the open desert included. We might report on our findings next week, but most likely, we’ll just keep silent about them for forever.

Week 145. >+40°C

“It will be much colder day tomorrow! Only +34°C!”. I challenge ya’ll to tell me the last time you used this sentence, because it was a first for us. Back in Argentina, we used to call +30°C “okay weather” and +35°C “too hot to cycle weather”. Due to our marathon of illnesses in Northern Mexico we missed our chance to cross the desert before summer begins. And now we’re here and summer is here and it’s hot. Believe me, +45°C measured in the shade is hot, especially once you realize that there is no shade in the desert! We adjusted our daily schedule in order to survive these temperatures, but it’s still not easy. Good news: we’re almost done with the hot region! Bad news: the region we’re cycling into currently has record breaking high temperatures and wild fires and stuff…

Quiz: Tulkus Texan Name

Quiz Friday! Here is Sven showing off our new business cards. They are a helpful tool in communication: turns out our names are still very exotic. In Latin America we were known as Quira, Esben and Turco. Here in Texas Kira became Cara, Sven became Sam and Tulku… Question: How people call Tulku in Texas?
A: Turco
B: Twinkle
C: Twocup
The winner will get a personal kilometer as well as a place in our Hall of Fame (http://on.fb.me/1JAdFTC). The quiz ends on Monday (00:00 GMT). The winner will be announced on Tuesday(ish). The winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries.

Week 144: Don’t Mess with Texans

Week 144. Don’t mess with Texas! Texan people are the friendliest and most helpful people that we ever met anywhere. At the same time, they’re the craziest (and dangerous!) people that we have ever met. This week was yet another roller-coaster week. The road was rolling up and down and adventures led us from feeling on top of the world at one moment to falling down the cliff at another. From guns to rainbows, this week had it all! The desert is not for the lighthearted, they say. Distances between town are long and the summer heat is strong. And while the wild west is now a distant past, it’s legends here are still alive. We also may have left our imprint on history by accidentally starting some legends of our own.