I dreamt up this awesome adventure after a break-up that did a surprise, full-on, Bruce Lee style kung-fu body slam to my psyche. After reeling from the hit,  I decided to use the momentum and energy of the strike to my own advantage.

I asked myself what I would do if I could do anything. Naturally, the voice inside my head answered, “Ride your bicycle 5,000 miles through South America, blog about the experience, document as you go, write always and often and meet amazing people along the way who have opted out of the ordinary.”

I am a (53 yr old) women with average athletic ability, fear of all things electronic, no bike maintenance skills to speak of, zero video experience, and little campsite cooking ability. Nevertheless, what I lack in real-world talent, I make up for in resourcefulness, resilience, creativity, persistence, and a belief in my vision.  To be fair, I do have loads of travel experience, I speak Spanish, and I feel completely at home in Latin America, but I would be equally happy on a continent where I don’t have those advantages.

Along with the belief that I can pull this off, I also believe in the kindness of strangers to help me out along the way, an abundance of all things good, and a sense of compassion and empathy for myself,  humanity, and the environment. These beliefs will fuel my ride and accompany me on my journey. I decided to imagine the big picture–starting off in La Paz and ending in Ushuaia–instead of fixating on the myriad of things that could, and just might, go wrong in between.  I am taking the proverbial “Leap of Faith.” This strategy allows me to pedal forward with promise and possibility!

I am learning to be brave and dare greatly.

I am on a journey of self-discovery and reflection.

I pedal; therefore, I am.


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  1. Yes, listen to that wise voice in your head! I will definitely be with you in spirit. And every time you mention drinking wine, I’ll open a bottle in your honor!!


  2. Hey Denise!
    What a wonderful discovery to know that you are getting ready to have an intimate relationship with the ground under your feet and the people you will meet along the way. It’s heartening to know that your confidence in yourself and in others has motivated you to take on this journey, one that most could only dream about! I followed a similar path down to Ushuaia many years ago, but not on a bike! (I will recount some of my memories at some future time…) Yours will be the first blog that I follow, and I’m looking forward to being able to share in your adventures as you make your way south. Way to go girl! 🙂
    Sandy Stevens-Theizen


    1. Sandy, so good to hear from you! Thank you for following my blog. I’m honored to be your first blog experience. Quite honestly, It’s my first blog experience as well, so a little nervous about this whole endeavor (blogging) but exited as well. Thanks for your support and encouragement!


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  3. I’m so fortunate to have you as a friend Denise. It’s true when I say that you are an amazing woman! For all the things that I know that you have done in your life. You truly are an inspiration!


  4. Hey Denise, We have been following you and your adventures. I had to look up “Ushuaia” before even attempting a pronunciation. I know Nina is looking forward to seeing you sometime in 2017. Keep up the good work, stay safe and I can’t wait to see you in person and read your experience through your smile.


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