Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Touring Tuesday - Cycling the Amazon

The Kisinski brothers and friend on their "Amazon Bikes"
There are a lot of people out there taking amazing journeys on their bicycles. One of the most unique that I have seen is the Kisinski brothers trip which covered the entire length of the Amazon. The brothers grew up in Communist Poland during the 1970s. They dreamed of the free world where "You can eat chocolate with no limit, where the doors to stores open automatically for you, and not to mention about the moving stairs."

They developed bikes that could be converted from road to river operation and back to road. These were tested them on the Warta River in Poland. Once ready, they road their bikes through Peru up into the Andes Mountain, before reaching the headwaters of the Amazon. They had a local guy (In the middle of the photo) make some modifications to the bikes for the faster flowing Amazon. The brothers started their adventure in September of 2015, and reached the Atlantic Ocean on March 4, 2016.

You can read more about the trip on their website. Keep in mind that English is not their first language, so their writing can be a bit difficult to understand at time. Also, I found their website a little challenging to navigate.

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