Ready or not, here we go!

This is what we feel 24h before departure of a year on a bicycle tour in South America

Finally, the day has arrived! 6 months ago, Luis and I have been planning to continue his initial project “World Sketching Tour”. This time I will join him and we will do it by bicycles.

We will start this bike tour from Colombia, down to south until Chile. We are planning to do this trip in 10 months with an approximate distance of 10.000 km in total.

Since it will be my first big trip on a bicycle, personally I have mixed feelings. I’m excited because my dream to explore the world will start in less than 24 hours. I’m feeling scared at the same time because I will step out of my comfort zone and will go to the unknown. I’m anxious if I can make it until the end with Luis or not. There are so many questions crossing my mind!!

Both of us have been thru up and down moments. It started from finding sponsors to support the project (we had a lot of rejections as well on the way) and we also had some positive answers. We are proudly having Berg Outdoor, Mainstream-MSX, and Lenovo as our partners. We are digging and learning deeply each bicycle from zero until we know how to fix and maintain them. The struggling to get the transit visa thru Canada, was another ‘movie’ because it was quite complicated and expensive for me. We also got some vaccines. Luis got 2, while I got 5 vaccines in a day!! AUTCH!! And we bought a bunch of medicines on the same day and other little things we had to sort out. But at the end, we knew that all of those processes made us grow and a little more secure for this enormous adventurous for us.

Anyway, I won’t write too much this time but definitely, I will share my experience during the trip!!

Luís Simões
Luís Simões

In 2012 I started a World Sketching Tour and since then, this has been my lifestyle. More intense, more for others, more open on how to look and judge. The tour made me get out of routines and safe places, which often leave me numb just seeing life go by slowly. Sketching has aroused my curiosity for “what will it be like on the other side of the mountain?”.

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