Riding the Spine

  • Hike Through Coffee Farms With Roberto
    La Finca Villa Alicia
  • La Catarata
    El Niagara
  • La Flora
    El Niagara
  • Chivo
    Enjoying the scenery
  • Rio Above El Niagara
    Roberto and Sean wandering along the river
  • Flower in Guatemala
    Bright yellow flowers
  • Una Catarata
    Another Waterfall in the distance
  • La Finca Villa Alicia
    Coffee being processed
  • La Finca Villa Alicia
    Processing Coffee
  • La Finca Villa Alicia
    Coffee Being Processed
  • La Finca Villa Alicia
    Yep..Coffee being processed.
  • La Finca Villa Alicia
    Mountains of Coffee
  • La Finca Villa Alicia
    Workers Processing the Coffee
  • Big Dummy
    Resting at a coffee farm
  • San Rafael Pie de la Cuesta
    Jacob´s bike enjoying the view
  • Guatemalan Single-Track
    Muddy trails.
  • Guatemalan Zero-Track
    Dude, where´s the trail?
  • Guatemalan Single-Track
    Dangerous muddy, mossy steps
  • Guatemalan Single-Track
    At the Edge of a 70 foot cliff
  • Chicken Bus
    Playing chicken with a chicken bus along a dirt road headed to aguas thermales.
  • Subset in Guatemalan Valley
    Heading to our campsite alter soaking in hot springs.
  • Waterfall Crossing
    Crossing a river befote it plunges down the rocks."
  • Tajumulco
    Beginning of a long, grueling climb up the volcano
  • Tajumulco
    Rising above the clouds…starting to get steep.
  • Tajumulco
    Above the clouds….now is very steep.
  • Climbing Tajumulco
    Deep grooves mark a narrow singletrack.
  • Tajumulco in View
    So close…yet so far UP.
  • Tajumulco
    A tedious ascent across a steep meadow recovering from a fire
  • Tajumulco
    A tedious ascent up a STEEPER meadow..
  • Tajumulco
    At the first saddle.
  • Climbing Tajumulco
    Singletrack through the pines at high elevation.
  • Golden Mushroom
    Resembling the volcano
  • Tajumulco
    Climbing the ridge to another saddle
  • Chupacabra vs. Tajumulco
    A beast of burden on this rocky trail.
  • Sean
    Looking slick.
  • Hiking Tajumulco
    Sean hiking down the ridge of the volcano.
  • Sean
    Serenading Surly´s Big Dummy
  • Sunrise above the clouds
    Sunrise at around 13,000 feet
  • Sunrise
    Jacob´s mohawk getting in the view.
  • Sunrays
    Shining bright for a nice ride down the volcano.
  • Xtracycle & Surly Instigator & Tajumulco´s Crater
    Jacob´s bike enjoying the view.
  • Melodramatic Victory Shot
    Yes….melodramatic…but obligatory given the circumstances
  • Another Victory Shot
    After getting these bikes up to 13,845 feet it wasn´t easy lifting overhead
  • Volcanos
    Jacob, his bike, Tajumulco and it´s shadow…and another volcano.
  • Surly Instigator & Xtracycle
    Nice view of the bike, eh?."
  • Tajumulco Crater
    What´s a bike doing at the peak of a volcano crater?
  • Tajumulco Crater
    Jacob´s bike gets to enjoy the view as well.
  • Jacob´s Bike
    It´s true....his bike is a little vain...certainly not camera shy
  • Jacob and his bike on top of Tajumulco
    One last shot before descending the 13,845 foot monster volcano.
  • Bombing downhill
    Hoping his brakes work."
  • Hennessey Hammock SetUp Below Tajumulco
    Camping on the saddle in comfort
  • Tajumulco Casts it´s Shadow
    Difficult to capture the magnitude of this vista with a photo.
  • Hennessey Hammock
    Jacob´s home has a nice view this morning
  • Hammock Camping
    Hard not to find a nice campsite when all you need is a couple of trees
  • Group Photo
    10 second self timer portrait before completing the descent of Tajumulco."
  • Tajumulco Singletrack
    Sean shredding down Tajumulco
  • Sean & Goat
    Enjoying the Guatemalan bike touring.
  • Downhill
    Smooth flowy singletrack section with an unbeatable view
  • Goat
    Shredding through a narrow channel
  • A Happy Chupacabra
    Bombing downhill...not looking back
  • Tajumulco Lunch Break
    That was fun....Can we do it again?
  • Tajumulco Crater
    300 Feet Deep
  • On the Crater´s Edge
    Clouds at our feet
  • Finally at the top
    Believe it or not, we had to drag our bikes from the base of that valley to where the bike stands
  • Looking down the valley of a treacherously steep dirt road
    Clouds at our feet
  • Flowering Procession
    Beautiful flowering designs for a celebration.
  • This is our turn
    This is our turn
  • Steeper than it looks
    A veritable wall
  • Tiny towns under quilts of agriculture
    Possibly the first gringos these villagers have seen
  • You call that a switchback?
    And yes, it is much steeper than it looks
  • You call that a switchback?
    And yes, it is much steeper than it looks
  • Only 8 Kilometers to the Top
    A grueling 3 plus hour ride.
  • Looking down the valley of a treacherously steep dirt road
    Clouds at our feet
  • Lago Atitlan
    Into the Vortex we go
  • Coffee Farm
    Back road through miles of coffee farms
  • Guatemalan Highlands
    Enjoying the view we would soon have to ride over
  • Friends in Rabinal
    Human rights workers we spent a few days with
  • Mountain Towns
    Little village up in the mountains
  • Mountain Towns
    Little village up in the mountains
  • Village House
    Simple home in the mountains
  • Treacherous Mud Path
    Steep, clifflined muddy walking trail dropping thousands of feet to the river...before going right back up.
  • Suspension Bridge
    Rickety ol´bridge crossing the river
  • Rickety Bridge
    Carefully crossing the bridge
  • Filtering Water
    Watching the river float on by
  • Singletrack
    Out in the middle of nowhere
  • Singletrack
    Outskirts of an indian village
  • Semuc Champey
    Waterfalls at the exit of the underground river
  • Guatemalan Landscape
    Egg Shaped mountains
  • Semuc Champey Waterfalls
    Limestone Deposits form a series of waterfalls
  • Semuc Champey
    Birds Eye view of the natural wonder
  • Semuc CHampey
    Cliff lined waterway with beautiful swimmin holes and jumping rocks
  • Dromedary Bag
    Ran over with a car and did not rupture
  • Leaving Semuc Champey
    Un quetzal, meester
  • Semuc Back Roads
    Beautiful trails through the mountains
  • Semuc Champey
    Birds Eye view of the natural wonder
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