The Crossing

26 thoughts on “The Crossing”

  1. Jim and Claire
    You two are tough!!
    Great narrating of your trip.
    We are back into the snow this week for some great skiing.
    Keep up the great trek. Amazing trip.
    Cheers Stewart and Morag

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      1. Salut Claire and Jim, Each time I tune in and read of your latest travel adventures I am gobsmacked. Thank goodness the landscapes and environs are so stunning and new. You are both made of sterner stuff than me. I am so happy you are both well and haven’t had anything terrible happen to your selves, bodies. A tent and computer, while horribly inconvenient, are so replaceable. I thank you for sharing your journey, it’s inspiring and so riveting. You look great Jim, don’t sweat the man breasts. I think it’s called aging even on the trim/est … I know, I know, I shouldn’t mention the “A” word. May the winds and the gods be with you friends. sending love, Dianne

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      2. Thanks for the encouraging words Diane, it’s good to hear from you. We’ve since got our computer back or at least back in Canada and we had a new tent sent to us so we’re back on track. We’ve just worked 3 hours on our next post then lost everything we had done. Travel in Bolivia is going to be a challenge.
        All the best

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  2. Dear Jim & Claire, apologies for my absent comments on your last few posts- I have thoroughly enjoyed them, and have been meaning to comment, but you know that “living the daily grind” thing has been cutting into my writing time. Anyway, the timing of this morning’s delivery of your latest blog entry was excellent!

    Where do I start- after I stop laughing, but still smiling reading about your latest escapades! Never a dull moment w/ the Harvey’s! Truthfully, I’m thoroughly jealous pretty much sums up my inner thoughts. But I offer up a handful of other random comments on this your latest entry, “The Crossing”:

    1. That pic of you & Claire smiling (& still obviously enjoying each other’s company- unless that’s a poseur shot? 😉), labelled as your “hike into Cerro Torre”, is nothing short of absolutely awesome!!! If that was the only pic you’d have sent out across the galaxy during your current trip, it tells us all seeing it, everything we need to know about the true joy that you are both sharing, despite your laundry list of challenges along the way.

    2. I chuckled openly @ your review of the “facilities” @ Camping La Torcida. Your description of the abode made me think you were perhaps referring to Slinky’s early days building his home in the Upper SQUAMISH. Good to know that he has a Doppelgänger, so to speak, in the Southern Hemisphere- some of us were worried that Slinky was actually one of a kind!

    3. Your “upgrade” after you ejected (jettisoned?) your tent off the back of your bike (BTW, so un-Jim-like that it wasn’t adequately strapped to your bike), to the “cheap Chilean tent w/ a broken pole and ripped fly”, has one silver lining attribute- it’s not likely to be stolen! Not to mention the fact that you supplied two happy Finns w/ some additional beer $ to augment their own adventures.

    4. Thanks for so clearly defining what an “endo” is. Who knew? ( After all those bike rides w/ the Hounds Of Dirt). Good to see you’ve also learned a few post-endo survival techniques after observing Slinky and CEO Rayo “perform” in our very own Dump Trails over the years.

    5. Your mention of your “Man-boobs” was completely unnecessary! All Hounds have them- sadly, in one shape or another! The true worry is when we all start looking at each other’s jugs while swimming in Edith Lake, rather than at “those” we happen upon and are lucky enough to discreetly observe (if we’re wearing our appropriate prescription glasses) while we’re out riding the SQUAMISH trails on those long warm summer evenings etc. 👌

    Cheers my friends, keep on riding (& writing).
    MHS #10

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    1. Awesome Steve, great to hear from you and really, you should be writing the blog…..love your irreverent writing style! Keep us posted on Hound antics and whatever else crosses your ample imagination.
      Rayooo #11

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  3. Love the blog and the pictures. Those mountains are absolutely stunning in photos, so I can’t imagine what they would be in person! Thanks for sharing your adventures. Stay warm.

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  4. Jesus Christ! Bike touring? That one section might have been a fun descent. I did notice that the presence of ManBoobs didn’t keep your shirt on when the video camera came out. Interesting about the climbers because tradition is such a strong word in the climbing world that it’s accepted that you should ask permission before adding a bolt because ‘tradition’ says you should climb something in the style of the 1st party. It would appear that tradition applies mostly to weaker climbers, not stronger climbers.

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  5. Dear Jim & Claire, apologies for my absent comments on your last few posts- I have thoroughly enjoyed them, and have been meaning to comment, but you know that “living the daily grind” thing has been cutting into my writing time. Anyway, the timing of this morning’s delivery of your latest blog entry was excellent!

    Where do I start- after I stop laughing, but still smiling reading about your latest escapades! Never a dull moment w/ the Harvey’s! Truthfully, I’m thoroughly jealous pretty much sums up my inner thoughts. But I offer up a handful of other random comments on this your latest entry, “The Crossing”:

    1. That pic of you & Claire smiling (& still obviously enjoying each other’s company- unless that’s a poseur shot? 😉), labelled as your “hike into Cerro Torre”, is nothing short of absolutely awesome!!! If that was the only pic you’d have sent out across the galaxy during your current trip, it tells us all seeing it, everything we need to know about the true joy that you are both sharing, despite your laundry list of challenges along the way.

    2. I chuckled openly @ your review of the “facilities” @ Camping La Torcida. Your description of the abode made me think you were perhaps referring to Slinky’s early days building his home in the Upper SQUAMISH. Good to know that he has a Doppelgänger, so to speak, in the Southern Hemisphere- some of us were worried that Slinky was actually one of a kind!

    3. Your “upgrade” after you ejected (jettisoned?) your tent off the back of your bike (BTW, so un-Jim-like that it wasn’t adequately strapped to your bike), to the “cheap Chilean tent w/ a broken pole and ripped fly”, has one silver lining attribute- it’s not likely to be stolen! Not to mention the fact that you supplied two happy Finns w/ some additional beer $ to augment their own adventures.

    4. Thanks for so clearly defining what an “endo” is. Who knew? ( After all those bike rides w/ the Hounds Of Dirt). Good to see you’ve also learned a few post-endo survival techniques after observing Slinky and CEO Rayo “perform” in our very own Dump Trails over the years.

    5. Your mention of your “Man-boobs” was completely unnecessary! All Hounds have them- sadly, in one shape or another! The true worry is when we all start looking at each other’s jugs while swimming in Edith Lake, rather than at “those” we happen upon and are lucky enough to discreetly observe (if we’re wearing our appropriate prescription glasses) while we’re out riding the SQUAMISH trails on those long warm summer evenings etc. 👌

    Cheers my friends, keep on riding (& writing).
    MHS #10

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  6. Hey Jim and Claire!

    It’s Anna and Anna, the two chicas from Australia. We finally got good enough wifi to find your blog and we LOVE it!!

    Since we last met, we have been hitchhiking and have also been spending nights in dusty holes by the road.

    Best of luck as you head north and hope you don’t get blown away by the wind!

    Big hugs,
    Anna and Anna

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  7. Rayooooo. Wow what a hike a bike in a 6 k. ditch with a heavy load. Not that many people in the world would do that. You guys make all the Hounds of Dirt say Who gives a hairy rats ass as long as i’m Not there.. Fantastic pictures, looks like the effort was worth it though. Happy Trails To You until we hear from you again, Thanks again for your Blog as we are all living your adventure in comfort & not pushing our bikes up a Ditch.
    MHS

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  8. Just showed blog #4 to Mom. Beyond her wildest imagination. Going to India seems tame beside these adventures. Hope the new tent holds up in those fierce winds. Jessie will be in Peru in April. Happy travels.

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  9. Allo vous deux, quel aventure? Nature sauvage et tres beau. Merci de nous faire visiter ce lieu. Vois etes pas seule a faire du velo dans ses conditions. Dire que vous pedaler pendant que je travaille. Chanceux..profitez en. Ici il pleut aujourd’hu. Toujours contents de vous suivre et d’avoir de vos nouvelles .
    😻😘😘🚵🏼‍♂️🚵‍♀️

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  10. Wow, must have been amazing to look at those majestic peaks! I am truly enjoying your adventures, too bad about the tent but sounds like it was a bit of a blessing in disguise by meeting all these friendly folks. It’s good to see you are both still enjoying your trip and living in the moment with every mile you ride, easy or hard I’m sure. Take care, looking forward to your next blog.

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    1. Always good to hear from you Carole. Yes, still enjoying things despite the hard work. Currently both our lips are fried (cold sores) and won’t heal……hopefully sooner rather than later!

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  11. Merry Christmas, Jim and Claire, from your next door neighbours! We are looking at our beautiful mountains across the valley right now. Beautiful but not as spectacular as the ones you’ve been hanging around. It’s so much fun to follow your adventures from the comfort of home. Hope you have a safe and happy Christmas time, wherever you are.
    Best wishes from Doug, Arlene and Abby🎄🎄🎄

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